So Garrott might end up being my first boy doll. I never wanted the boy dolls but HIS LITTLE LEATHER JACKET. And like his green around the eyes like you get on old stone, it’s so perfffff
Side-blog dedicated to monster high and associated goodies. Because I'm just sort of getting into MH and I don't want to annoy every other person I know. ;)
Now I'm one of those "I just want one or two dolls" people who hasn't been able to stop. Favourite ghouls are Spectra, Ghoulia and Abbey.
textsfrommh said: You've mentioned it a few times, but what's your theory/headcanon of Spectra and where she came from?
I don’t actually have a solid “hmm yes this is clearly it” headcanon with her. What gets me about Spectra’s backstory is that it’s implicitly- but unspecifically- horrible, so much so that she intentionally builds up a sort of wall of distraction and false memory to avoid thinking about it.
Unlike the MH portrayal of, say, zombies, which appear to be basically just a kind of humanoid subspecies (they’re born zombies, they grow up zombies, they’re always zombies), werewolves (who seem to be, well, furry humanoids with wolf behavior and some wolf biology rather than humans afflicted with a life-ruining transformation curse), and even vampires (it seems to me that there are turned vampires- Draculaura’s one of those, and the idea that her teenage behavior is largely a front is addressed just strongly enough to be very noticeable but without hanging too much gloom over her existence- but also probably people who are born vampires to vampire parents), ghosts are presented- at least in the diaries- in line with the direst Spiritualist concept of them. They’re confused incorporeal remnants of dead humans who can’t process the circumstances under which they died and are stuck here. Despite the whole MH-standard “daughter of a ghost” branding, it’s kind of doubtful that she even has a family or a place to go home to. I definitely get the impression she just kind of… haunts the school, and the fact that she’s never shown to be more than just politely tolerated/occasionally seen as helpful by the other ghouls doesn’t help with the sense of immense isolation hovering around her.
(I don’t personally interpret her being laden with chains as directly indicating that she was supposed to be a nasty piece of work in life a la Jacob Marley- I think they’re meant to be more abstractly any reasons at all that she might have for not being able to let go. Psychological baggage, if you will.)
Pretty much what I think about it too! You really do get this sense of her being isolated, and she has her little hidey-hole office in the school which does suggest she lives there. The chains I’ve always thought of a conscious adoption by Spectra not as a symbol but because they’re associated with ghosts and she feels like she should wear the uniform, so to speak. Sort of an attempt to wholeheartedly embrace her current existence to help shut out the previous one.