Becoming Rebecca Doppelmeyer

Artwork by Emma Cohen.

It was something like 3am on a school night when I watched Ghost World for the first time. I was 12 and was dealing with the uncomfortableness of being a pre-teen girl; struggling with the difficulty of school, making friends, horrible back and stomach-aching periods and having to wear bras (to be honest, I’m still not over hiking up my boobs in a weird, wiry material, or time of the month’s). I was awkward, but dry humoured and sought friendships online because it was easier for me to connect with people in an anonymous space.

Watching a sarcastic and not really sure of herself character on screen, like Enid, I felt as if I’d found someone who, you know, understood me. When she got on the bus that never came at the end of the film, clutching her small suitcase as she headed off into the unknown, I thought she was the coolest person ever. I didn’t really ‘get’Ghost World then, but at the time, I thought I’d had it all figured out - I wanted to be like Enid.

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  1. Really great article. I always love writing where it matches someone's personal story with a piece of art. And it's always really cool when a movie or book or whatever mixes with someone's life like that (didn't see Ghost World til last year but I agree it's great though).

    Keep up the good work :)

    1. Thanks, dude - awesome that you liked the piece!

      Yeah, me too. I'm a massive fan of stories that reflect artwork. It kind of helps bridging that gap in a sense to art being something very separate from having a personal connection with people. (Though, ofc a lot of art does have that p.connection with others.)

      Think this is the most I have made that correlation between a film on a personal level before, so was nice to get out there. Cheers again, man.

  2. You did a great job in this post of describing why Ghost World is/was a meaningful film in your life. A film that holds up so well to rewatching with the quotable dialogue and fun situations. Growing up it could be fun to have a friend like Enid to hang out with. Moving forward, perhaps you'll find other fictional characters in your 20s that you'll strongly identify with!

    1. Thanks Chris, really glad that you liked it.

      And I am sure I will! It's always nice, in a way, to have more of a connection with the stories you love through similarities to yourself with certain characters.

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