Here is a snippet from my reading life. I'm reading EW and there is a review for a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Oooh! Cool! New stuff! Darnit, the library doesn't have it. But the article says that the author is known for his famous book and motion picture "Ghost World". The library had that, so I ordered it. When it finally shows up on my doorstep and I start reading it, I question my motivations for getting it in the first place.
It had to happen eventually. After a year of being blown away by graphic novels, I've finally found one I didn't like.
Synopsis: Please meet Enid and Rebecca, two friends recently graduated from high school, both angsty, conflicted, perched between childhood and adulthood. We follow them around in their daily lives as they frequent various diners, observe others, make fun of others, complain about their love lives, and just generally have bitch fests and hurl insults at each other.
As the girls contemplate the next step in their lives, they deal with issues of jealousy, fear of the future, and nostalgia for their innocent youth...will Enid leave for college and abandon Rebecca? Who is more interesting? Why do neither of them have boyfriends? Are they gay? Will they have success in their lives? Will they always be friends?
My thoughts: I'm scratching my head on this one. It was hailed a cult classic, popular with young adults for its cutting edge portrayal of "real kids". I don't know. Maybe. I'm not a kid anymore, but I remember being one. Did I act like this? Hell, I hope not.
I can curse with the most colorful of sailors, but I guess when you are reading it in print, and the f-bomb is used repeated times on each page, I cease to find it amusing. Seriously, I went looking for examples of the artwork, and found only the one above that didn't have foul language.
There was very little plot, which is OK. I get it that the message is more about the worries and obsessions of this generation. I am curious that this was made into a movie, however, with so little to go on. Perhaps a plot was invented. Has anyone seen this movie?
Bottom line, the book didn't do much for me. After reading GNs that make my brain hum, or make me cry, or make me laugh, this one just left me cold and apathetic. If it weren't just 80 pages, I most likely would have DNF'd it.
I'm curious if any of you have read this book. I'd love to get your input.
2 out of 5 stars