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:
- Frankie Stein is created with steam whereas, in the original work, the creature is not created with steam.
- 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
- Frankie Stein has a good relationship with her father. In the novel, Victor avoids his “son”, and he is even ready to kill him.
- 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.