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    The Evolution of Frankenstein's Monster: The intelligent, the brainless, and back again

    When first written by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein’s Monster was an intelligent, eloquent, and even sympathetic-in-some-lights character. The character underwent an evolution in popular culture to become an easily recognizable horror monster – a big, green, lumbering, incapable of speech or intelligence brute. Recently though, there has been a shift back to depicting Frankenstein’s monster as a misunderstood character who is equal to humans with emotions, intelligent thought, and a desire to belong. Why and how has this evolution has happened?

    • Covering the movies, Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein may prove helpful. – J.D. Jankowski 3 years ago
    • I like this idea. It might be interesting to approach it through the scope of the ever-evolving social stigmas/beliefs surrounding mental health, trauma, and/or identity. More so than in generations past, modern society tends to discuss such issues more openly, and therefore, modern readers may feel more inclined to identify with monster and less inclined to demonize him. Of course, the focus will need to be narrowed (mental health, trauma, and identity are all huge topics to tackle), but these are just some ideas to consider. – JCBohn 3 years ago

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    Great article! It is interesting to consider how communication between fans and producers/creators has evolved over time. What was once a limited one-to-many format is now a many-to-many format with social media. Unlimited fans are able to talk to one another and talk to the producers, corporations, show writers, and actors involved with their favorite shows. I think that this is a great way to move media forward when it comes to all forms of representation.

    #Faninteraction: Social Media and Representation in Popular Television

    I like how you question what it means to be original in writing. It is interesting how the concept of originality has evolved in Western (American/Western European) culture and its ties with capitalism. Just a couple of centuries ago it was common, even expected, that an author was to borrow or “steal” from other writers and stories. Nowadays, originality is held up as almost a holy grail for a writer to achieve, but other push back against this idea (for example fanfiction writers).

    Fanfiction: The Merits of Originality

    I agree with how the Frozen movies both challenge and adhere to gender stereotypes, but at the same time, I am interested in how the idea of what a Disney princess is and how she should act has changed over time. What comes to mind as I type this is Aurora from Sleeping Beauty in contrast to Anna and Elsa.

    Frozen: Letting Go of Gender Stereotypes?