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Monster High: Interesting Episodes
In the article Monster High: Human Similarities I talked about the series Monster High, a brand of toys made by Mattel which included a series on the Internet. In the Internet series, Monster High literally took place in a high school where all of the characters were either teenagers who were also students, or part of the faculty. Additionally, another aspect about Monster High was that some of the main characters were based on monsters that were popular thanks to depictions in monster movies. As a result, some of these characters exhibited abilities that were similar to their cinema interpretations. Which were humorous on some occasions. During the ninth episode of the first season Bad Scare Day, the teenage equivalent to Frankenstein's Monster got to experience the downsides of being the reanimated corpse powered with electricity. Like most fictional depictions of High School, Monster High had moments where rampant spreads of gossip occurred, Monster High did things differently in that the culprit was a ghost, or that was what the episode Ghostly Gossip implied anyway. As a cartoon about monsters, Monster High even got to poke fun and make references to current movie franchises like the Twilight saga by making a television special where vampires and werewolves from different schools were forced to integrate in the same school despite past animosities. Monster High was a show where the viewer got to see horrific monsters in ways that other forms of fiction may not have wished to depict, but that just made the show interesting in its own way.
Bad Scare Day
During the first season of Monster High, the viewer had got to empathize and relate to the character Frankie Stein. She was the initial new student of Monster High who served as an audience surrogate for viewers in regards to world building. In the episode Bad Scare Day the viewer got to see some aspects to Frankie's monstrous side. In this episode this started out normally. Or as normally as a show like this could get. Unfortunately, Frankie accidentally bumped into a teacher who was inspired by the Invisible Man, literally falling to pieces. Of course, being a creature who was made from different human body parts stitched together, Frankie accidentally put the bolts that conducted electricity for her body on the wrong sides. Here was where Bad Scare Day capitalized on an aspect of Frankie's inspiration Frankenstein's Monster. Since Frankenstein's Monster was brought to life via electricity, most depictions included metallic bolts which helped conduct the electrical charge Frankenstein's Monster needed to survive. Of course, by putting her bolts on the wrong sides of her body, Frankie unknowingly gave herself the ability to shoot out bolts of electricity which gave a shock to everyone and everything around here. Fortunately, Frankie's electricity problem was quickly noticed and fixed by one of her friends, which quickly turned things back to normal. Except for one of the affected monsters being magnetically stuck to a locker. Since Monster High made characters based on actual monsters and put them in an environment where they were not portrayed as nightmarish, quirky episodes like this could occur on a daily basis.
A popular moment in most fictional depictions of High School was the moment somebody acquires an interesting piece of gossip which eventually starts to spread throughout the entire campus. This minor scandal usually occurred when one character accidentally read somebody's diary and found some scandalous content, having somebody post a rumor through social media that began taking a life of its own, or somebody decided to spread some random piece of gossip throughout the whole student body. Monster High had a character do all of these things during its first season as a running gag. But all of the rumors that were spread were mostly accurate. Mostly because the person who got these rumors was a ghost who could phase through anything if it meant getting a story. Named Spectra Vondergeist, she made her first official appearance in the episode Ghostly Gossip. This episode started with her looking at the student body and collecting stories for a gossip website, also called the Ghostly Gossip. Interestingly enough, the viewer got to see her use an actual laptop. Once the main protagonists became a part of the Ghostly Gossip however, a trap was engineered so that the monsters in Monster High could know who was spreading all of the rumors. So by using their diaries as bait, the girls were able to lure Spectra out into the open. Ironically, Spectra used the main protagonists for her website because she thought they were actually awesome. So after promising to not write anything on the main characters, Spectra got to be friends and a supporting cast member.
In some works of fiction like the Twilight series where featured vampires as the protagonist, one of the antagonists were werewolves. In Twilight's case, the human protagonist was caught up in a love triangle of sorts between a vampire and a werewolf, which created a source of conflict within the books. Monster High did things differently in that it was the vampire and werewolf who were in a relationship. In the animated special Fright On! the viewer found out that while the vampire Draculaura was in a relationship with the werewolf Clawd, they had to keep their relationship a secret from other vampires and werewolves. Mostly because in the context of Monster High, both species have been feuding for thousands of years. Of course, supernatural shenanigans occur once a school that taught only vampires and a school that taught only werewolves were forced to integrate with the completely integrated school of Monster High. Naturally, both sides were hostile with each other and the other Monster High students, which resulted in a strained relationship for both Dragulaura and Clawd. Mostly because Clawd had previous connections with the werewolves, which provided a familiar test of loyalty for viewers who may have friends in one place, but other friends in some other area. Unfortunately, there were other people in this special who wanted to make this attempt at integration fail, but that plot quickly failed due to the protagonists in this series. In the end, both species managed to get along and became extras for subsequent Monster High episodes.
Monster High was a series of toys that appealed to girls both because of how fashionable they were, but also because it took normally frightening entities, and made them look less frightening. These were monsters who were also teenagers, but they faced issues that were different compared to a regular teenagers. In the episode Bad Scare Day one of the issues that a student in the titular Monster High had to face was a teenage Frankenstein's Monster shooting electricity out of her body. In the episode Ghostly Gossip Keeping one's secrets can be difficult when someone who could spread said secrets turned out to be a ghost. Even having the equivalent of the Civil Right Movement like in Fright On! could be weird if the two groups that were being integrated want nothing to do with each other and possessed superhuman abilities. But sometimes the freaky could be fun.