YMMV / Ghostwriter

  • Ear Worm: The main theme: "Ghoooostwritaaaah! Word!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Victor, Rob's friend in "Building Bridges," seems to be very popular in the fandom. The producers must have noticed because he shows up in another episode despite not being particularly involved in the plot.
    • Calvin Ferguson, both with those who Love to Hate him and those who root for him.
  • Fanon: One of the leading theories about Ghostwriter is that he's the ghost of Jamal's great-grandfather Ezra.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: To most fans, The New Ghostwriter Mysteries never existed.
  • Foe Yay:
    • When Calvin tries to convince Rob to join forces with him, it sounds like he's hitting on him.
      "You're the strong, silent type. I like that."
    • Alex even mocks Calvin afterwards:
      "Did you actually think that Rob would hook up with you?"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • There actually is a show called Galaxy Girl (well, Galaxy Girls) in development by Lauren Faust.
    • To Catch a Creep parodies how politicians ran smear campaigns in elections in the United States. Smear campaigns have worsened since the early 1990's. Let's leave it at that.
    • In Episode 2 of Into the Comics, Jamal looks at a yearbook, and comments how people dress out of date quickly. Ghostwriter is definitely a Unintentional Period Piece from the 1990s.
      Jamal: "Man, I wonder how people can look so out of date, so fast."
  • Ho Yay: Hector has a pretty blatant crush on Avatar, the male makeup artist, when the team appears in Lenni's music video.
    • Not to mention the guy himself. He's a male makeup artist, and he calls himself "The Fabulous Avatar."
    • In "Lost in Brooklyn, Part 1" Tina meets Safira, visiting from Mozambique. Everyone does rush to see who it is coming to school in a limo, but Tina's the only one who takes one look and says "Oh, wow!" when Safira gets out of the car.

      By the time we cut to the classroom, everyone else has moved on, but we have Tina looking around the room until Safira is introduced by the teacher, whereupon Tina watches Safira's every movement with a smile until she sits down next to her, while everyone else acts normal. When she gets to say more than hi, she talks fast and rambly, and at one point talks about trying talking to her (a second pitch at being in her video, actually) with lines that sounded like someone trying to ask out a crush.

      The entire first part is driven by her need to get this girl to be friends with her, and there's master plans and talk of "destiny" that she wound up sitting next to her and on and on and it doesn't end up having to do with the video. There ends up being a picnic in the woods on a blanket, and a Death Glare at Safira's dad until he leaves. The mystery of the arc is introduced only in the closing moments of part one; the rest is entirely Tina positively drooling over this girl and stopping at nothing to get her attention. (Well, that and a few minutes devoted to Hector's introduction, setting up Rob's replacement.)
  • Jerkass Woobie: Many of the villains are so pathetic that it's pretty easy to feel sorry for them. A good example is Manny Gite from "Into the Comics". He was an awkward twentysomething who lived with his aunt and desperately wanted to be a cartoonist. He was embittered when his first ccmic was rejected by a comic book company, but refused to give up his dream. So in an desperate attempt to achieve this, he entered a contest for kids (in which the prize was getting to be in a comic book) disguised as his cartoon character Stoopdude and tried to sabotoge the other contestants.
  • Memetic Mutation: Julia Stiles: "Do you know anything about hackers? Can you jam with the console cowboys in Cyberspace? Ever read Neuromancer? Ever experienced the New Wave? Next wave? Dreamwave? or Cyberpunk!?"
  • Moment of Awesome: Rob snapping at Gaby, Alex, Tina and Lenni to shut up in "Get the Message Part 3" when they're arguing in the park in the aftermath of the accident earlier in the episode. He really came out of his shell. It's a pity he had to move to Australia.
    • Frank tackling the villain who's getting away from the police in "Just in Time."
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gooey Gus is the most remembered example of this one the show, to the point where him and the story featuring him is a commonly repressed memory for many who were traumatized by this as children.
  • Padding: Take away the slow typing and writing sequences and obvious explanations, and most of the arcs can be reduced by one episode.
  • Replacement Scrappy: For some, Hector replacing Rob on the team.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Calvin was a Jerkass but his devastation at losing his beloved parrot is pretty sad, especially for people who have also experienced the death of a pet.
    • Alex's friend Kevin selling his deceased grandfather's basketball trophy (his prized possession) to pay for his drug habit.
    • How badly Jamal and Rob take the possibility of the Ghostwriter Team breaking up in the "Get the Message" arc. Particularly Rob since it's heavily implied that the Team are his first friends in a while. Then Rob gets hit again when his dad transfers the family to Australia.
    • Examples from the books
      • In the book "Steer Clear of Haunted Hill", Alex and Leni's reactions to their loved ones (Gabby and Max respectively) having disappeared is positively heartbreaking. The disappearance of Rob isn't any better and might be worse from a Meta standpoint since this wasn't his Leeroy Jenkins getting him in trouble; it was him being Too Clever by Half by refusing to buy that the crooks he ran into were actually ghosts (they weren't but that's not the point).
      • In the book where Alex gets kidnapped in the middle of a magic show, Gabby tearfully blames herself, in part because she and Alex had been bickering incessantly before the incident and also because she got the attention of the 2 stars who Alex witnessed arguing (they were among the main suspects and hadn't noticed Alex until Gabby yelled at him).
    • A meta one: Rob is great with the English language so if he hadn't left, he could have been a second Big Brother Mentor to Hector, helping him master speaking English. Instead Rob leaves and some members of the fanbase hate on Hector for replacing him.
    • Ghostwriter's ultimate identity- he was an escaped slave (possibly even Jamal's ancestor Ezra) who had taught himself to read and was teaching other slaves to read, up until slave catchers learned of what he was doing, and they and their dogs killed him. Somehow, his ghost ended up inside a book for 125 years until Jamal freed him in the pilot. Yikes.