What does a monster look like?
So, given I am functioning on a few hours sleep and trying to dig myself out from many looming writing deadlines, today’s post will be rather simple and brief. And, given that my writing/speaking obligations are very hefty for the next several months I am in hopes you, dear readers, can liven things up and expand on my limping brain power in comment threads…
I am making some updates to the blog, and one thing I changed was how comments from people without gravatars will appear in threads. Seeing as Edward is a self-proclaimed monster, I chose the “monsterID” option as the default avatar setting. Alas, the images are rather cartoonish, with not a hint of vampire or werewolf. Here is a sample:
Hmmm, looks more like a piece of toast with legs than a monster.
But, what DO monsters look like?
If I had to list the top five adjectives that leap into my brain upon hearing that question, I would say scary, demented, mean, gruesome, and frightening. Of these, our two male lead monsters from the Twilight saga only seem “scary” and “frightening” – with “demented” sometimes appropriate (as in Edward’s more nefarious behavior and Jacob’s seething-mass-of-wolf-testosterone tendencies). I wouldn’t say either of them are mean or gruesome — in fact, they are downright sweethearts on the monster scale.
Then again, neither of them truly look like monsters — unless you think male specimens leaning towards the very attractive side look monstrous.
So, what does a “real” monster look like? Are traditional vampires more monstrous looking? What does Meyer’s departure from the ugly/scary monster indicate or suggest? Do you like your monsters “perfect” like Edward, ab-tacular like Jacob, or hairy and scary like the wolfman? And, are Edward and Jacob “real” monsters? Who in the text is truly monstrous? Are we all, on some levels at least, truly monstrous?