2010: The Birth of a New and Modern Frankenstein

The famous Frankenstein is still popular, nowadays. In fact, Monster High, an American fashion doll franchise launched in 2010, chooses the character as the main character of its web series. However, it is not the Frankenstein that we all know. Indeed, the franchise created Frankenstein’s daughter: Frankie Stein.

Frankie Stein is a girly version of the original creature. She was created in a laboratory by her father. Her background is really interesting because it reminds us of the original work. However, there are a few differences:

  1. Frankie Stein is created with steam whereas, in the original work, the creature is not created with steam.
  2. She also has a mother. In Mary Shelley’ novel, the creature is condemned to be alone because Victor refuses to create a companion for the monster
  3. Frankie Stein has a good relationship with her father. In the novel, Victor avoids his “son”,  and he is even ready to kill him.
  4. She is considered as pretty. In the novel? …

The personality of the Frankie, however, is clearly reminiscent of the original creature. She is kind and sensitive. For instance, she gets rejected in the first episodes ( but not for the same reasons as the original creature does). What does she do? She goes to the best removed place of the world, the bathroom, (the bathroom is the best place to hide nowadays, no?) and cries, just like the novel’s creature does when he realizes that no one can accept him( of course he does not go to the bathroom but to the forest!). The creature becomes violent after that and kills people. Does Frankie do the same? Of course not. This is a kid’s show…

However, the thing that brings her closer to her “father” is her naivety. Just like the monster of Mary Shelley, she reads books (okay fashion magazines!) in order to learn about how to behave in the society where she lives. Unfortunately, the two monsters get rejected by others and learn that reading books is not enough to become accepted by others. They discover that people are less kind that they thought.

Did you know that many Disney’s movies are the beautiful versions of awful tales? (I would suggest you to avoid reading the real story of the little mermaid if you are still young at heart). We can conclude that the idea of Frankie Stein is almost the same thing.

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6 Replies to “2010: The Birth of a New and Modern Frankenstein”

  1. Dear post writer, although I did not read Frankenstein book, I found your blog post on Frankie Stein very interesting! In fact, I did not know that web serie existed. I think the set up of this serie is wonderful for kids since it uses an exiting classic of litterature and builds up a new story adapted for kids. Thank you for sharing it with us. Great work!

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  2. Very interesting information here. In fact, I was not aware of the existence of Frankie Stein and its web series. I think that the adaptation of Frankenstein to the kids is a great way to introduce the real monster to them without showing its ugly and horrible appearance that could scare them. Otherwise, I like the description that you have done of the web series and I am more than interested to give it a look. Great work!

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  3. This is a very interesting blog post. I particularly enjoyed that you told your readers the difference between the series and the book. Because they can be some misconception about Frankenstein and I think that this is a good way to summarize the real fact about this book.
    Justine

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  4. This is a really interesting post! I like the comparisons you made between the original novel and Monster High. I think it is important to make kid versions of classics to get them later interested in the original stories, like introducing them to some of the themes of Mary Shelley’s novel and some of the characterization of the Monster. However, I think this Monster perpetrate the common belief that the creature is called Frankenstein by naming the character Frankie Stein. Still this is an amazing post, keep up the good work!

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