Bummer that you're not connecting with The Ghost. It's one of my favourites.
I've seen a fair number of people take The Ghost, and lots of people get hooked in by its "barely there" flavour text. Ghosts tend to be really back-and-forth. One minute they're fawning over you and listening to you talk about your problems, and the next their haunting your house or committing arson or something zany.
I've always handled ghosts as being more-or-less corporeal all the time, except when at their Darkest Self or specifically saying otherwise. They take damage like normal, deal damage like normal, and can die (but this time, it's "for real"). This is closer to the definition of ghost seen in some Japanese horror movies.
Perhaps I just need to consume more ghost fiction. Recommendations?
Watch the first season of Misfits. Simon is a Ghost. Sure, in the show, he's not actually a dead person. But he might as well be. And he embodies "The Ghost" perfectly, as it's currently written.
That all said, I'd love to see an alternate version of The Ghost that captured some other vibe. Design away! I think a good Skin answers these questions:
- What's their deal, physically?
- What's their deal, emotionally?
- What's their deal, sexually?
- What's their deal, socially?