Come on, Ghost World DOES have a plot, and the final “bus scene” exemplifies the whole thing. The story is really about Enid’s mental state and her inability to move beyond the “Ghost World” of her after high-school, pre-adulthood existance.[/quote]
Eh? I really don’t see that. Here’s how I see things…
“Ghost World” describes how Enid treats the world. Most humans treat living humans as real… they exist in a world populated by the physical living people that they interact with socially and physically.
Enid treats living humans as false. Humans have to PROVE their reality to Enid. Watch her follow the “satanic” couple around… she is seeking their reality. They only exist to her because of their possible reality. The old man exists to her because he symbolizes something to her… he serves her.
Watch her in Buscemi’s lair… she looks around with wonder. She does not require that dead things prove their reality. Dead things to her ARE REAL. Death apparently is proof of reality.
This philosophy runs completely counter to how most people treat the world… that living things are real and dead things are false. Enid would make a great historian or archaeologist. She is eminently noble and therefore is bound to be eminently lonely.
The “Ghost World” to Enid is what most people call the “Living World”… to Enid the living world is merely comprised of ghosts with the occasional exception that proves itself.
Watch how she treats her “classmates”… with extreme disdain. They are unacceptable to her. They are not real. Her friend is real only because her friend has proven herself.
Your position is weak because Enid’s position is not temporary. It is a complete worldview. A very very STRANGE worldview but not one that I see her shrugging off. Enid only relates to those living humans who prove themselves to her… and how many are going to be able to do that?
Ghost World does not have a plot… its a character study. The character doesn’t even develop over time… she just plays herself out.
You mean someone who sells out. To Enid, Rebecca is merely weak. To Rebecca, Enid is merely foolish.
Music is an idiotic way to express cultural themes, but its perfect for the masses I suppose.
Enid is a serious version of what you describe.
Enid is a more extreme (more idealistic or pure I guess you could say) version of humans I frequently see… although I frequently see a lot of different people. Humanity is my playground.
Enid represents a Cultural Trend that has never been described nor is understood. Elements of it are found in Goth and Neo-Classicism, but that’s far from the whole story. Its a story waiting to be told.
One part to the story is that Death for the first time in the Western World is not going to be dishonored. Since none of you understand that I won’t talk further.
I don’t think you understand Ghost World.
I agree with you though that Enid won’t be selling out. Maybe she’ll get her Secretary happy ending in Ghost World 2.
Enid has one glaring weakness. One thing that people such as Enid have to have in their identity but that is nothing other than unfortunate. Nothing other than weak. Can anyone tell us what I’m thinking of?