This Halloween blog reports the results of three polls I conducted to discover the most popular monster of The Big Four. The Sci-Fi community, the science fiction writers community, and Texas Tech students were polled.
Poll Results for Favorite Monster
The Sci-Fi Community Results
10% Wolf Man
4% The Mummy
The Science Fiction Writers’ Community Results
10% Wolf Man
10% The Mummy
Dr. Crews’ Class
14% Wolf Man
14% The Mummy
So in my very unofficial, unscientific poll, Dr. Crews’ class deviated from the other two populations. They selected Frankenstein as their favorite classic monster. Now, we need to ask what contributed to the difference. Age? Education?
The answer is not clear. And I wondered if the recent release of the movies I, Frankenstein and Dracula Untold—both updates of the original oldies—had anything to do with it. Both scored equally bad with audiences and critics, so I’m not seeing any help there.
I’d loved to hear what you think. Why would a group of young adults vote Frankenstein as their favorite?
Intelligent and articulate Abdulaziz said he selected The Mummy because of the sense of dark magic associated with the creature.
Sharing in our conversation on science fiction and monsters were Michael, Xavier, Chase, and Candice. (Other students were equally as engaging, however, I asked students to sign their ballots if they didn’t mind if I used their names in my blog and some students chose not to have their names mentioned.) But thanks to all of Dr. C’s students for participating and offering their opinions.
Some of the intriguing comments from the polled communities follow.
I picked Dracula because the poll specified “movie” monster. I love the Frankenstein book much much more than Dracula. — Lisa
We’ve read Dracula and Frankenstein and a couple older wolfman/mummy stories and yes, the stories are better than the movies. But Karloff just makes the movies special. He brings them to life (pun intended) in a way no one else had or has. — Lara
I thought Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was Gothic horror. Either way I’d have to say Dracula was my favorite, read the book quite young and it stuck with me for a long time….very enjoyable read. —Steve
Victor Frankenstein was the Monster for creating the creature. The Creature itself was largely blameless in the whole affair. Well, the ignorant town folks were pretty horrible too. Collectively they can be referred to as the Angry Mob.—Paul
Dracula has a back story and personality. Wolfy got hairy and we lose the humanness of his body expressions we feed off. Frank, well “he was just this Guy you know.” —Lazarus
The one constant is the angry mob with their pitchforks. Same thing would happen now if a scientist animated a dead person, only this time we’d be able to see it on YouTube.—Dalt
How about you? Which classic monster would you vote for?
(BIG shout out to Texas Tech University, Dr. Charles Crews, and his awesome students for inviting me to be a guest speaker. Their discussions, questions, and insight on such hot topics as fracking, wind energy, careers, religion, and monsters led to much inspiration for me and hopefully for them.)