Why I Love Monster High
I love Monster High. I’m a total ghoul and i go crazy fangirly for Monster High, but there are some reasons for this. (Reasons apart from the fact that all the characters’ appearances and dolls look beyond cute!)
- Everyone is unique. Each character is different, and each character has their flaws. Everyone has their own story, no one is a side character just to look at. Everyone is important and their stories are worth hearing, even if just for once or twice.
- Different body types. There are short monsters (Draculaura is the best example for this. Some monsters are shorter due to their age but Draculaura, despite being 1600 years old, is shorter than everyone in her grade.) and tall monsters and muscular monsters and skinny monsters and even a few chubby monsters. It is a really hard thing to create chubby/fat characters if you’re a doll company; there is a pre-set standard about how girl dolls always have to be thin and all.. Creating a character that is not thin is a big challenge and even though most ghouls and guys are thin in the webisodes or the movies, there are a few (The first example I can think of is Emily from the anti-bullying webisode. Oh and yeah, they made an anti-bullying episode.) who are not and that makes me happy because this is just the start:)
- Diversity is celebrated. Monster High’s principal Ms Bloodgood has said this exact sentence many times, that “Diversity is celebrated and encouraged in Monster High.”. Werewolves and vampires are mortal enemies so they all have separate schools, but Monster High is the first school that allows both werewolves and vampires to attend it. Apart from many schools that are only appropriate for specific species, like Vampire Academy or Werewolf Academy or Gargoyle Academy; Monster High accepts all kinds of monsters. Even normies are accepted. Which will bring me to number 4,
- Racism is always overcome. Let me tell you something there is A LOT of racism in monster high. Vampires vs Werewolves being the most cliche one, there’s also lots of racism towards zombies because they are slow and idiotic, racism between freshwater creatures and saltwater creatures, MAJOR racism between monsters and non-monsters, or aka ‘normies’. Vampires vs Werewolves racism is overcome with the Vampire Academy and Werewolf Academy merging under Monster High and the three schools becoming one. There is a whole movie that is dedicated to how different they are in the beginning and how they grow to accept and respect each other with time. Also the fact that Draculaura (who is a vampire) and Clawdeen (who is a werewolf) are best friends and the fact that Draculaura and Clawd (Clawdeen’s brother, who is also a werewolf) are dating and are one of the strongest couples of Monster High. Gil and Lagoona’s relationship is another example of defeating racism; Gil is a freshwater monster and Lagoona is a saltwater monster. Gil’s parents don’t approve of this relationship because saltwater monsters are looked upon as “inferior” to freshwater monsters in society. And Gil, who has been raised up on false stories about how terrible saltwater monsters are, learns to see beyond those stories and see Lagoona, his girlfriend, beyond his parents’ prejudices. Together they defy his parents and any remark from society. The zombies are another case. They are often thought of as slow and stupid, as I said. So what does Monster High do? Create a zombie who is the smartest ghoul of the school (Ghoulia, I’m looking at you.). Turn her into a superhero in a webisode that secretly saves everyone’s days. And she doesn’t have super strength or super speed or any power like that, she is just smart enough to sense that someone is having a hard time and solve all the problems with her wits.
- Issues like anxiety are talked about and not looked down upon. I am loving Jane Boolittle, the new girl at Monster High. Being a new student at a school is already a hard job, but Jane has been raised in the jungle for all her life. She has always been an observer, never someone who is actually in the scene. When she first comes to Monster High she is so scared to talk to students that she hides in the catacombs. And not just for a few hours or days. For weeks. She overcomes her fear with the help of the ghouls’ pets who become her friend. Who support her no matter what, and who urge her to go out and meet the ghouls. She finally overcomes her anxiety and goes out and talks to the girls, and she even gets crowned the queen of a dance at another webisode. There is a new character called “Bonita Femur” who is from the Freaky Fusion series; and I read her biography and it says that she chews on her clothes whenever she’s nervous. Of course it’s also a bit of a pun about the fact that she’s half a moth, but i like that issues like these are at least shown and they’re shown to be overcomable and not disgusting or ugly in any way. Twyla is another character i think, who is important when it comes to this subject. She doesn’t like talking to many people, she likes lurking in the shadows, she sometimes looks really sad and she has known what it’s like to be not loved and ignored and bullied for a long time. And it’s never mocked by the main characters or the good hearted students, the fact that she prefers solitude and usually hangs out alone. But despite these, she is shown to be happy with Howleen, she is shown to be hanging out with the ghouls after the movie 13 Wishes. It might be depression, it might be something else; but nevertheless, she has a problem but despite this problem she can still be happy and still socialise. That’s what is highlighted with her character, that’s what I love so much about her.
Of course there are other very important lessons given in the series such as “Be yourself.”, “Fight for what you believe in.”, “Staying true to yourself is more important than the expectations of others.”, “Caring about the environment is really important.”, and “Helping others and random acts of kindnesses are what make people beautiful.”. But I wanted to write about the ones that I am reminded of in almost every webisode, and the ones that put a smile on my face :) It makes me happy because Monster High could really be marking a change in the cartoon and the doll industry. More relatable characters/dolls. Different appearances, different races, different beliefs. It’s the diversity that the cartoon and the doll industry has needed for so long and Monster High is finally bringing it, one step at a time so I really love it for that.
We are monsters, we are proud.