Dan Clowes described the story in Ghost World
as the examination of "the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish." From this perch comes a revelation about adolescence that is both subtle and coolly beautiful. Critics have pointed out Clowes's cynicism and vicious social commentary, but if you concentrate on those aspects, you'll miss the exquisite whole that Clowes has captured. Each chapter ends with melancholia that builds towards the amazing, detached, ghostlike ending.
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The Original Illustrated Screenplay Of The Year's Hottest Movie; Edited and designed by Daniel Clowes, and co-written by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, The Ghost World Screenplay is more of a scrapbook of the making of the film than simply a published screenplay. Timed to coincide with the summer release of the MGM movie starring Thora Birch, Scarlet Johannson, Teri Garr and Steve Buscemi, it tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to continue their life-long friendship into a new era, they soon discover that what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like a depressing reality of strip malls, low-paid service jobs and fading memories. Clowes paints a tender picture of this intellectually precocious, sexually adventurous, and formative period in their lives.