Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "Forever" part. Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse. She's embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she's pretty much given up on fitting in at school.
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Anya's Ghost is a coming-of-age   ghost story  in graphic novel format. In the novel, unpopular Anya befriends the ghost of Emily, a girl around Anya's age who died 90 years earlier. After failing to make Anya popular and happy, Emily becomes manipulative and controlling, leading Anya to discover the truth about Emily's death.
Anya's Ghost took four years from inception to publication, and is drawn predominantly in hues of violet. Production on a film adaptation of the novel was supposed to begin by the end of Unpopular at her New England  private school, Anya skips school and walks through a nearby forest.
Not seeing it, Anya falls into a dry well and finds herself alongside a human skeleton. The skeleton's ghost, a shy, homely girl named Emily appears and explains that she too fell down the well and died of dehydration after breaking her neck ninety years ago. Emily wishes to befriend and help Anya, but cannot move far from her bones. Anya is soon rescued by a passerby, but Emily's skeleton remains undiscovered. Emily later appears to Anya at school, Anya having inadvertently taken a finger bone from Emily's skeleton.
Anya decides to keep the bone after Emily helps her cheat on a biology exam and spy on her crush, Sean. She was running from the killer when she fell down the well. Anya promises to find Emily's killer, while Emily agrees to help Anya fit in at school and win over Sean.
As their friendship develops, Anya drifts away from her one friend at school Siobhan while Emily becomes disinterested in discovering her murderer's identity. At Emily's insistence, Anya dresses up and goes to a party attended by Sean and his girlfriend Elizabeth.
There, Anya discovers that Sean habitually cheats on Elizabeth with her consent. Distraught, Anya leaves the party, which makes Emily angry and confused for she believed Anya and Sean were destined for each other. Anya later notices Emily becoming more controlling and adjusting her appearance by straightening her hair and smoking ghostly cigarettes.
When Anya returns home, the finger bone is missing. After being confronted with the truth, Emily shows that she is capable of moving solid objects , implying she put her finger bone in Anya's bag. Emily begins threatening Anya's family to make Anya comply, even causing Anya's mother to fall down the stairs.
After Emily appears before Sasha, he reveals he found the bone earlier; Anya retrieves it and runs to the well, pursued by Emily. Once there, Anya confronts and accuses Emily of trying to live vicariously through her. Emily rebukes Anya, saying that she is no better, and that the two of them are more alike then she wants to admit. After Emily fails to push Anya into the well, Anya drops the bone back in. Emily then possesses her own skeleton, and climbs out to give further chase.
Anya stops and instead convinces Emily of the futility of her situation, causing the tearful ghost to dissipate, and the skeleton to fall back into the well. Later, Anya convinces her school to fill the well and rekindles her friendship with Siobhan. Brosgol conceived the character of Anya when she was working on Put the Book Back on the Shelf , a comics anthology based on the music of the Scottish indie pop band Belle and Sebastian.
Brosgol didn't finish the story, but enjoyed drawing "that character with her fat little legs and cigarettes. The rest of the story came later, drawn from the author's own life and other inspiration.
As Anya's Ghost was her first book,  Brosgol said that its production was an exercise in trial and error. Brosgol does not work from a script, saying that "the art and the dialogue come at the same time and one suggests the other". She prefers to illustrate events rather than use dialogue in her comics.
Working from a detailed outline, Brosgol drew thumbnails of each panel—two to a page in a Moleskine notebook—and wrote the dialogue as she went along. From her thumbnails, Brosgol used her Wacom Cintiq to draw a rough version of the ultimate art. This rough version of Anya's Ghost went to her editor for approval. After approval, Brosgol went back through her rough draft and "tightened the roughs up just enough so that [she] could ink them".
Brosgol inked the panels and speech balloons first, adding in the lettering digitally later with a custom font developed for her by John Martz ; she colored the novel in Adobe Photoshop.
Anya's Ghost is drawn in what Pamela Paul called a "deep violet palette"  that Brosgol called "purpley-blue". The artist herself said she chose the colors "for no other reason than I like purpley-blue and I think it feels right for the story". Having worked on Kazu Kibuishi 's Flight comics, Brosgol contacted his talent agent Judith Hansen who had agreed to look at the work of anybody involved.
After completing the art for Anya's Ghost in , Brosgol brought it to Hansen, who agreed to represent the artist. Brosgol finished the cover art in , and then "there's a full year on the end for printing, and marketing, and all of that which comes with a book publisher. Anya's Ghost won the Cybils literary award in the Young Adult category.
The Los Angeles Times ' Susan Carpenter reviewed the graphic novel and described it as "a well-paced story that feels dynamic and also intimate. Andy and Barbara Muschietti , director and producer of the horror film Mama , bought the film rights to Anya's Ghost in Bolt described Ness as "passionate about the source material", having written a "fresh and distinctive" screenplay; Bolt went on to describe the film as a "classic high school comedy with a supernatural twist. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Anya's Ghost is a coming-of-age   ghost story  in graphic novel format. In the novel, unpopular Anya befriends the ghost of Emily, a girl around Anya's age who died 90 years earlier. After failing to make Anya popular and happy, Emily becomes manipulative and controlling, leading Anya to discover the truth about Emily's death. Anya's Ghost took four years from inception to publication, and is drawn predominantly in hues of violet.
Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn't kidding about the "forever" part. Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who's been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya's normal life might actually be worse.
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