just move along
Oh because y’know things like The Count are totally fine.
And we all know the ghouls from Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School were exactly like the classic monsters they were based off of.
Don’t forget about the cereal ghouls!
Honestly when people weh weh that classic monsters are being ruined by anything I think they forget the long legacy of watering down spooky things for kids. How do you all think spooky adults came to exist?
Nope it’s all Monster High’s fault. No one has ever de-clawed Monsters before them.
no one tell them about Tim Burton
excuse me while I school OP’s ignorant ass
for one thing bro you might wanna google this:
(that one might not look obvious but it was a huge horror spoof with a bunch of ghosts in it)
And while “The Vampyre" by John Polidori was a totally serious vampire horror story, once it started getting adapted by seemingly every literary talent in Europe, guess what sprung up? Parodies everywhere, sometimes playing across the street from one another at the same time, featuring vampires that ranged from goofy but evil to utterly harmless good guys. And even though he’s utterly unrepentant and evil, Lord Ruthven- the vampire antagonist of Polidori’s story, is charming, handsome ladynip. Carmilla is markedly beautiful too (and may or may not be the heroine’s love interest).
Then, of course, there’s Varney the Vampire, which- while a serious story- not only helped codify several aspects of vampire fiction, but also probably introduced the concept of the sympathetic vampire who doesn’t want to be one, hating his existence and wishing he didn’t have to kill. Once again, this was one of the earliest examples of literary vampire fiction. I don’t even like Twilight, but if you’re going to act like some of its core concepts ruined the genre rather than defined it, you’d better be enough of a purist that you demand all of your vampires be shambling peasants with bright red faces after feeding who can be identified by chewing on their grave shawls and stick to eating their own families pretty much exclusively.
I’m not as extensively read up on other types of monsters in a scholarly kind of way, but off the top of my head, I can think of at least one major werewolf-as-hero story, ghosts are often depicted as sad and wronged rather than malevolent, it’s heavily suggested in Mary Shelley’s original Frankenstein that the monster would have kept his promise to not bother humanity again if his creator had let his mate live, The Phantom of the Opera ends with its author declaring the Phantom a pitiable figure who should have been loved and allowed a normal life- I could go on and on.
Basically, anybody acting like Twilight invented the concept of beautiful and/or sympathetic monsters, or like friendly/silly monsters are a new development, is full of shit.