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Wednesday, the Netflix series that revives the gothic genre

Wednesday centers on the eldest daughter of the Addams Family, who, after being expelled from her school, faces new challenges

By Shah HussainPublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Netflix premiered Wednesday, an eight-part series that centers on Wednesday, the eldest daughter of the Addams family. She was expelled from the high school she was attending due to a nasty incident involving the water polo team and two bags of piranhas. Her parents, Morticia and Gomez Addams decide to enroll her in Nevermore Academy, which specializes in educating underprivileged children. As she tries to forge her own destiny at the school, where her parents' legacy takes on great importance, Wednesday soon finds herself embroiled in a mystery involving murders in a nearby town.

The series is directed by the talented Tim Burton, who is fully at ease creating this gothic series with humorous elements. He does a remarkable job of building the whole backstory of the Addams family in a fascinating way. Wednesday's parents, played by Luis Guzman and Catherine Zeta-Jones, offer a version of the central Addams family couple that is familiar and unique.Wednesday sends the Addams Family timeline in new directions. The series reveals events about Morticia and Gomez's early years and the blossoming romance at Nevermore Academy. It also reveals some intriguing plot points about their time there and how it shaped some familiar aspects of the characters.

A Brief History of the Addams Family

Gomez, Morticia and Pugsley

The dark-loving family made its debut in a comic strip published in The New Yorker in 1938. The Addams are aristocrats and eccentrics who have an obsession with all things morbid and dark. They ignore how their particular preferences become uncomfortable for ordinary people. The first time this cartoon was brought to the screen was in 1964, through ABC and had two seasons before being cancelled. It had 64 chapters of thirty minutes long, filmed in black and white.

The family consists of Gomez, the father and husband.He has an affinity for swordplay, family tradition and sports his trademark thin mustache. Morticia is the enigmatic and beautiful mother and wife.The matriarch is best known for her serenity and for not educating her children. She prefers that they do what they want. Uncle Feste is best recognized by his bald head and hunched back. Wednesday is the eldest daughter in the family and disguises herself as rebellious, argumentative and ill-tempered. She considers stupid those who do not understand her particular personality.Pugsley is the youngest son of the Addams and stands out for being misunderstood by others.

The aesthetic style of Wednesday

Wednesday has her own style

Wednesday has adapted her style on multiple occasions. In this new version, the gothic teenager has slight variations on her most iconic outfit. Callen Atwood, fashion designer for the series, describes her work as 'a modern and contemporary version of Merlina in her vernacular color. ' Thus, always in black and white, the protagonist was dressed in contemporary garments such as quilted evening jackets, athletic shorts and shorts with tights. For Atwood, it was important for the young woman to be seen as more than just a 'weird girl', she wanted her to 'be something that teenagers can relate to, when she's out on the town with her friends, or when she's sneaking off to solve problems'.

Following this line of showing a teenage girl, Atwood explains that her vision of Merlina has some designer stuff mixed in with street stuff. While the costume designer made the vast majority of her looks, she also says she turned to several international brands to dress her. In terms of luxury garments, the protagonist wears an Alaïa dress during the classic school dance that could not be missed in a teen series and a pair of Dior shoes. As for the make-up, Wednesday wears a dramatic style that highlights her personality.

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About the Creator

Shah Hussain

i am a physicist (Ms physics) and freelance writer, who have 5 years of experience in the field of freelance writing. I also offer paraphrasing/rewriting services to my clients.I love to work on subjects like Teaching & fitness, fashion...

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