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YMMV: Ghost World
  • Adaptation Displacement: 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Bob Balaban and Teri Garr both had large roles in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but didn't share any scenes.
    • They also play Phoebe's biological parents on Friends.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Licensee: May be the closest thing we'll get to a live-action Daria movie. Funny, because the comic predates Daria by several years.
  • 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.

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