Reading Ghost World I found myself enjoying it, yet in that enjoyment I found more than a little bit of sadness. This text was a lot different than the ones we’ve read before in this class. If I didn’t think that Shade the Changing girl didn’t really fit the superhero conventions or stories then this one definitely didn’t. I don’t think that I would call either Enid or Rebecca a hero except in the sense of “hero of your own story.” They were, after all, just two teenagers struggling to define themselves and cling to the ghosts of the past. Moving forward in life means clearing out the ghosts, it means change, and change is scary. I think that is where my sense of sadness and wistfulness comes from.
Both Enid and Rebecca can see the end of their adolescence approaching. This is not a bad thing, per se, but it is frightening. They can see that they will go their separate ways, and I think that they both know that their friendship will not last through the separation. So they try desparately to keep things the way that they are and the way that they have been so that they do not have to face the inevitable changing, but they both know that they cannot keep things the way they are forever and neither of them want to. All that this can accomplish is to bring more heartahe to their relationship – which is exactly what it does: resisting the inevitable change put a strain on their friendship and resulted in their massive fight. However, letting go and allowing time to keep its course is what allowed the two to grow as people.
So, basked in the ghostly glow of the past, Enid and Rebecca are able to let go of their ghosts and move on to the next phase in their lives in bittersweet ending that felt far too realistic for my liking. It left me hollow inside, yet hopeful for their future nonetheless.