YMMV / Ghost World

  • Adaptation Displacement: Subverted. At the time, the film adaptation overshadowed the graphic novel, and the comic became more famous for having been made into a film (people were still working out that non-superhero comics even existed). Since then the graphic novel has become an artform equally as visible as the prose novel, and Ghost World remains a defining work in the medium. The film Ghost World has in hindsight become a minor (but nonetheless highly regarded) work in the 90s indie boom, and more famous for its link to the novel than vice-versa.
  • Award Snub: Steve Buscemi received several awards and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance, but was snubbed an Oscar nomination.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Enid shows Seymour the second half of her sketchbook, and calls him her hero... awwww.
    • A more bittersweet yet still heartwarming moment just after, when Enid and Rebecca hold hands on the bench.
  • Downer Ending: Unlike other coming-of-age films where the guy gets the girl and everyone lives happily ever after, the film ends on a down note for the main protagonists. Enid loses her scholarship, still hates her home life, and gloomily rides out of town on a bus, her fate unknown as the film draws to a close. Seymour is receiving therapy, mentally and physically broken after the events of the summer. And though Enid and Rebecca seem to patch up their differences before the former leaves town, it's clear that there is still some estrangement, that they have become completely different people after high school.
  • Hollywood Homely: Considering that Enid and Rebecca are played by Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson respectively, this definitely applies.
    • Same goes for the comic, really. Enid's supposed to be kind of plain, but the way she's drawn is incredibly d'aww-inducing, particularily the rare occasions When She Smiles.
      • Becky in the film is not meant to be homely—several guys are clearly attracted to her.
  • Les Yay: Enid and Rebecca display some characteristics.
    • Again, the park bench hand holding scene.
  • Misaimed Fandom: If you relate to Enid and subscribe to her point of view, that's probably not something to be proud of.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bruce Glover as the wheelchair guy.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Daria was pretty much Ghost World: The Animated Series... and in turn, the film adaptation of Ghost World is pretty much Daria: The Movie.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Roberta Allsworth's attitude towards her art.
  • The Woobie: Seymour's had it pretty rough. He does have an aggressive side, however, which sometimes leads to trouble.