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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Granted, it ends tragically, but the whole subplot with Coon Chicken Inn poster still looks even harsher once you've seen that commercial alongside other racist ones in C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America.
    • Enid and Becky slowly drifting apart as they realise they have not much in common - Enid in particular being afraid that adult life is going to suck. Thora Birch's acting career would go downhill thanks to the antics of her Stage Dad, while Scarlett Johansson's would take off.
  • Hollywood Homely: Enid in the comic is meant to be unappealing, but she's drawn in such a Moe way that it's hard to believe. And in the film, even though Thora Birch gained twenty pounds for the role, Enid is still quite cute.
  • 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.