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I found Jackson's diary on Flickr. Unfortunately it's all out of order, so I took the liberty of doing my usual transcription gig and posting it in full to the Monster High Wiki. :) Enjoy, y'all! 

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I'm loving Holt's comments, and they FINALLY explain why their transformation triggers keep changing. Though I always thought that it would be his dad whose Jekyll-Hyde...
And yay! Rochelle, Venus, and Robecca cameos!

Jackson's diary just confuses me more regarding his mom and dad, because it pretty much contradicts the info we had before about Holt and Heath's parents relation.

Howso? The only info about their parents we had before this was that Heath and Jackson/Holt were cousins. Now we know that Jackson's father is a fire elemental, therefore, it seems to just confirm that Jackson's dad is the brother of Heath's mother or father, who are assumedly both also fire elementals. 

Also, on both Holt and Gloom Beach Jackson's boxes, his monster parentage was given as "Son of Mrs. Jekyll"--so we've always known his Hyde side came from his mom and not his dad. His dad was a big ol' question mark. So this actually clears up a lot of stuff about what exactly Jackson/Holt is. :) 

Draconia St. George said:

Jackson's diary just confuses me more regarding his mom and dad, because it pretty much contradicts the info we had before about Holt and Heath's parents relation.

No, we also knew Holt/Jackson's mom is Heath's dad. This was in the Ghoul Spirit game. Holt's original box states he is the son of Mr. Hyde (minor note on Mrs. Hyde), while the second states he is the son of Mr ánd Mrs. Hyde. On Jackson's box you are correct.

But this does not contradict the new info necessarily, because a husband/father's last name does not take automatic precedence over a wife/mother's last name anymore. It is completely possible that in both Heath's and Holt/Jackson's cases, the family has taken on the wife/mother's last name. And this possibility makes me insanely happy!

Ru said:

Howso? The only info about their parents we had before this was that Heath and Jackson/Holt were cousins. Now we know that Jackson's father is a fire elemental, therefore, it seems to just confirm that Jackson's dad is the brother of Heath's mother or father, who are assumedly both also fire elementals. 

Also, on both Holt and Gloom Beach Jackson's boxes, his monster parentage was given as "Son of Mrs. Jekyll"--so we've always known his Hyde side came from his mom and not his dad. His dad was a big ol' question mark. So this actually clears up a lot of stuff about what exactly Jackson/Holt is. :) 

Draconia St. George said:

Jackson's diary just confuses me more regarding his mom and dad, because it pretty much contradicts the info we had before about Holt and Heath's parents relation.

YAY!

I read this last night.

I still want to know why they both go by their mother's names rather than fathers.

Why did Holt never mention his dad before? He fixated on other character's fathers which I always found a bit odd, only talks about his mother and I got the impression dad wasn't on the scene any more. Yet Jackson seems to imply they're both around.. hmmmm.

Odd.

Nice patching work from the diary writers regarding the transformation issue. They're getting good at patching up the gaping holes left by the webisode writers lol.

It would have made more sense for Holt's comments to be written in the margins rather than the middle of paragraphs (what, did jackson wander off half way through an entry? )but I suspect that was a technical formatting issue.


No, we also knew Holt/Jackson's mom is Heath's dad. This was in the Ghoul Spirit game. Holt's original box states he is the son of Mr. Hyde (minor note on Mrs. Hyde), while the second states he is the son of Mr ánd Mrs. Hyde. On Jackson's box you are correct.



Heath is supposed to be cousin, not brother. I suspect this is a remnant of Holt and Heath being the same character originally. At some point i'm pretty certain they decided "yeah, that flame guy? Not gonna be Holt anymore.. let's fudge it."

When did the Ghoul Spirit game come out? Before or after Holt's doll?

As for Holt's box, that's a good point... it DOES say "mr Hyde"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/purple_monkfish/5378340222/lightbox/

Huh... well... maybe their dad took their mother's name(s) then? That'd explain their surnames as well.

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No, we also knew Holt/Jackson's mom is Heath's dad. This was in the Ghoul Spirit game. Holt's original box states he is the son of Mr. Hyde (minor note on Mrs. Hyde), while the second states he is the son of Mr ánd Mrs. Hyde. On Jackson's box you are correct.

Oh dude, major typo. I meant to say "Holt/Jackson's mom is Heath's dad's sister", of course! :D 

Sonnet said:

No, we also knew Holt/Jackson's mom is Heath's dad. 

I've heard this rumor before, but I've never ever found a shred of evidence that Heath is a ditched design of Holt. Source please?

Ghoul Spirit came out in October 2011, roughly a year after the Holt doll.  

purple_monkfish said:

I suspect this is a remnant of Holt and Heath being the same character originally. At some point i'm pretty certain they decided "yeah, that flame guy? Not gonna be Holt anymore.. let's fudge it."

When did the Ghoul Spirit game come out? Before or after Holt's doll?

So... the Jekyll/Hyde thing's from his Mother's side, while the flaming thing comes from his father's side, and he's kinda a combination of the two, so he changes into a fire elemental when he hears loud music?
...
Okay, then!
I have to admit, that is kind of an interesting angle, and I would understand the frustration of thinking you're a normie while you really shouldn't be... and then it turns out you aren't? (Kinda, sorta.) And your parents not telling you something that sounds pretty damn important to know. (I know how you feel, bro.)
Boy's got no luck in life, does he?
Kudos for bringing proffesional in the mix, tough. And while the 'Constant change' thing sounds a bit forced, it sorta, kinda makes sense considering he's in his puberty. And I'm just glad they're not flat out denying it ever happened.
And finally, some more Jackson/Deuce interacting. One of the key reasons I got into this fandom and it's been lacking.
Overall, it was fun. I usually don't let a screwed up continuity get in the way if it's fun. (Hell-ooo Winx Club)

I'll stop hogging the topic after this.

So, having read Jackson's dairy several times now, here are my thoughts.

- So the middle school carnival on November 15 is going to be the new series shared event. Sweet!

- Is D'eath going to get an entry in each of these diaries? If the entries keep up like this, I sure don't mind. I think I like Jackson's even better than Rochelle's, and I thought that one was already awesome.

- The note on hunchbacks though... I know what it refers to and all, but it's still vaguely ableist. Sorta craving an elaboration now - there's certainly room in the MH monster-human historical enmity for a special position for humans that are 'monstrous' in appearance. 

- More Deuce and Jackson interaction! Jeeey! And I wonder if the werewolf mom Jackson met at the doctor's office is one of Clawd's older siblings. 

-  Love the explanation that Jackson's and Holt's transformation is triggered by different things as he grows older, though I'm a little peeved the diary leaves out what causes Holt to transform into Jackson. I never liked the webisode transformation reason all that much because it treated Jackson as the default persona, while the book and original diary transformation treated the two characters as equals.

- About Holt's and Jackson's families... mixed feelings. I love it's his mom whose the last name and dual personality provider, and boy, did "Why mother, what big muscles you have."  crack me up. But it does seem like the Ghoul Spirit entry was forgotten about, and bad continuity isn't something I expect from MH anymore. It's not directly said, but the implication is high that it's Holt/Jackson's father side that is related to Heath Burns' family.... then again, even if that would be true, it doesn't negate the Ghoul Spirit entry, but it does make the matter look clumsy. I'll be going with the headcanon right now that JH's mom is part-fire elemental herself, allowing for her brother to, by genetic chance, be full fire elemental, and that JH's dad is either sibling to Heath's mom or a cousin of hers. But really, this requires a retcon à la Gory Gazette stating that Deuce and Clawd are casketball co-captains.

Doesn't that mean his parents would be uh.. kissing cousins though? Squick lol.

I'm gonna go more with the Ghoul Spirit thing being wrong. Haven't played the game so i'm not entirely certain where it falls canon wise anyway.

So what exactly does the game say about Holt/Heath's relationship?

Probably was forgotten about. The various properties and aspects of the franchise don't really seem to communicate that well. I'm pretty sure the webisode writers often ignore the diaries which is why we have hastily patched retcons and explanations in the diaries. (still, at least the writers there TRY to patch the issues)

Holt/Jackson desperately needs a family tree pronto!

And no, there's never been confirmation that Heath was Holt but it's always been my theory. It explains why Heath appeared in the webisodes shortly before Holt's doll came out. Mattel tend to introduce a character into the webisodes to correlate with the doll release right? It builds up hype. Also he was sorta paired off with draculaura for a while and the entire fandom were certain he was supposed to be Holt. From all we knew at that point, he fitted the bill.

My theory has always been that they changed the appearance of the character during design on the doll and decided to make that fire headed guy into someone else. After all, they'd never out and out stated who he was.

Just like his name changed mid production.

But that's just my pet theory.

That's a good point about Jackson as the default. Hmm... maybe when things get quieter Holt sinks back and Jackson can be himself again? I wonder if that shift means Holt spends less time concious and aware, and if he's noticed this. I also have to wonder if as Jackson gets older, Holt will become the default for a bit. It could be part of the puberty thing, one side taking dominance instead of a desirable equilibrium. I wonder if they'll ever explore that aspect of the trigger changing... hmm.

Also, does this mean Holt's finally got to see the sunrise? D'aaaww.

Ghoul Spirit has been fairly accurate with other continuities. It states (in the in-game "diary") that Frankie's first words were "brain freeze", which corresponds to the SDCC 2010 diary. It mentions Clawdeen's DIY projects, which is book continuity. Draculaura's father is said to have been a Roman Centurion and her mother a servant of Dracula, which fits with what we know of Draculaura's past from her diaries and the Stardoll live chat. Heath Burns is said to be on the track team with Clawd (and Deuce), which is canon from Volume 1. Deuce's home is said to be on Petros Island, which matches the card Jackson sent him as Gloom Beach doll. Operetta's dad is said to give keyboard lessons, which was earlier mentioned in Holt's diary. Etcetera. There's also several facts currently unique to Ghoul Spirit, like Slow-Moe's full name, Spectra's century of origin, and Lagoona's parents being the oldest monsters (though this can be linked to Creature from the Black Lagoon canon). I don't see any reason to doubt them.

(There are more entries than the ones I've mentioned. Some you can find on the wiki's Ghoul Spirit article, others aren't there and I wouldn't know them either.)

So, I don't believe in giving the diaries precedence over the videogame. It's a pretty terrible game, but it is zen with the larger canon. And as I said, if Mattel in 2012 decides to get back on a canon loose end in a 2010 commercial, I don't see any reason that an otherwise flawless piece of canon should be relegated to a position of retconned material. It's not like the diary continuity is tight - Holt's diary conflicts with Operetta's diary on when Operetta started attending MH.

Hmm, there's something to that argument of Heath having been Holt, particularly the match with Draculaura, but I can't say I am convinced. Who's name changed mid-production? Holt's or Heath's?

I like your theory on puberty messing up balance. It at least makes for good headcanon.

And yes, Holt probably got to see a sunrise finally. :D

Okay, I've played Ghoul Spirit on the DS and where is all this information??? I'm not doubting any of it, I'm just truly bafffled as to where any of it is!

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