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The Addams Family Wednesday: The Origin Story of the Macabre Icon

The Addams Family Wednesday: Everything You Need to Know

If you are a fan of the macabre, the spooky, and the kooky, you probably know about the Addams Family, a fictional household of eccentric and morbid characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. Among them, one of the most iconic and popular is Wednesday Addams, the daughter of Gomez and Morticia Addams. But who is Wednesday Addams, and what makes her so fascinating? Here is everything you need to know about this character.

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Who is Wednesday Addams?

The origin and personality of the character

Wednesday Addams first appeared in a single-panel cartoon by Charles Addams in The New Yorker magazine in 1938. She was named after a nursery rhyme that says "Wednesday's child is full of woe". She is typically portrayed as a morbid and emotionally reserved child that is fascinated by the macabre, often identified by her pale skin and black pigtails. She enjoys playing with spiders, dolls, knives, and other dangerous or creepy objects. She also has a twisted sense of humor and a cynical worldview.

The adaptations and portrayals of the character

Wednesday Addams has been adapted and portrayed in various media over the years, including television shows, movies, musicals, video games, and comics. Some of the most notable actresses who have played her are Lisa Loring in the 1960s sitcom The Addams Family, Christina Ricci in the 1990s movies The Addams Family and Addams Family Values, Chloë Grace Moretz in the 2019 animated film The Addams Family, and Jenna Ortega in the 2022 Netflix series Wednesday. Each adaptation has given Wednesday a different personality, age, appearance, and storyline, but they all share some common traits that make her recognizable as an Addams.

What is the latest version of Wednesday Addams?

The Netflix series Wednesday by Tim Burton

The plot and premise of the series

The latest adaptation of Wednesday Addams is a live-action comedy-drama series by Tim Burton that premiered on Netflix on November 23, 2022. The series follows Wednesday's years as a student at Nevermore Academy, a mysterious boarding school for outcasts. There, she tries to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a killing spree that terrorizes the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago. She also navigates her new and complicated relationships with her classmates, teachers, family, and enemies.

The cast and crew of the series

The series stars Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams, Hunter Doohan as Tyler Galpin, Percy Hynes White as Xavier Thorpe, Emma Myers as Enid Sinclair, Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay, Georgie Farmer as Ajax Petropolus, Christina Ricci as Marilyn Thornhill, Victor Dorobantu as Thing, Gwendoline Christie as Principal Larissa Weems , Catherine Zeta-Jones as Morticia Addams, Luis Guzmán as Gomez Addams, and Thora Birch as Tamara Novak. The series is created by Al Gough and Miles Millar, who also serve as executive producers along with Tim Burton, Steve Stark, Andrew Mittman, Kevin Miserocchi, Kayla Alpert, Jonathan Glickman, and Gail Berman. The series consists of eight episodes, each about 45 minutes long.

The reception and future of the series

The series has received mixed to positive reviews from critics and audiences. Some praised the series for its dark humor, visual style, and performances, especially by Ortega and Ricci. Others criticized the series for its lack of originality, coherence, and connection to the source material. The series has a 67% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The series has not been renewed or canceled for a second season yet, but the creators have expressed their interest in continuing the story of Wednesday Addams.

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How to dress like Wednesday Addams?

The classic look of Wednesday Addams

If you want to dress like Wednesday Addams, you can choose from two different looks: the classic look and the modern look. The classic look is based on the original cartoons and the 1960s sitcom, where Wednesday wears a simple black dress with a white collar and cuffs. Here are some tips on how to achieve this look:

The black dress and white collar

The most essential element of the classic look is the black dress with a white collar. You can either buy a ready-made dress that has this feature, or you can make your own by sewing a white collar and cuffs onto a plain black dress. The dress should be knee-length and have long sleeves. You can also add some buttons or a bow to the front of the collar for some extra detail.

The braided pigtails and pale makeup

The next step is to style your hair and makeup like Wednesday Addams. You should part your hair in the middle and braid it into two pigtails that hang on either side of your head. You can secure them with black ribbons or elastic bands. For your makeup, you should keep it simple and pale. You can use some foundation or powder to make your skin look lighter, and some black eyeliner and mascara to accentuate your eyes. You can also add some dark eyeshadow or blush to create some shadows on your face.

The accessories and props

The final touch is to add some accessories and props that match Wednesday's personality and interests. You can wear some black shoes or boots, preferably with some buckles or laces. You can also wear some black stockings or tights, or some white socks if you want to contrast with the black dress. For your jewelry, you can wear some simple studs or hoops in your ears, or a cross necklace if you want to reference Wednesday's name. For your props, you can carry around a doll that looks like it has been mutilated or decapitated, or a spider that you can pretend to play with.

The modern look of Wednesday Addams

If you prefer a more contemporary and edgy look for Wednesday Addams, you can opt for the modern look that is based on the 1990s movies and the Netflix series. In this look, Wednesday wears a school uniform with a leather jacket and some accessories that give her a rebellious vibe. Here are some tips on how to achieve this look:

The school uniform and leather jacket

The main element of the modern look is the school uniform with a leather jacket. You can either buy a ready-made uniform that consists of a black skirt, a white shirt, and a black tie, or you can make your own by combining these pieces from your wardrobe. The skirt should be pleated and above-the-knee length, the shirt should be buttoned up to the collar, and the tie should be knotted loosely around your neck. You can also wear a black sweater vest over the shirt if you want to add some layers. Over the uniform, you should wear a black leather jacket that has some zippers or studs for some extra flair.

The black wig and dark lipstick

mix the classic and modern looks. For your makeup, you should go for a dark and dramatic look. You can use some black or purple lipstick to make your lips stand out, and some black or gray eyeshadow to create a smoky effect on your eyes. You can also use some eyeliner and mascara to define your eyes, and some contouring or bronzer to sculpt your face.

The necklace and earrings

The final touch is to add some accessories that match Wednesday's attitude and style. You can wear some jewelry that has some Gothic or punk elements, such as skulls, spikes, chains, or crosses. For example, you can wear a necklace that has a skull pendant, or some earrings that have spikes or hoops. You can also wear some rings or bracelets that have similar motifs. For your props, you can carry around a book that looks like it has some occult or dark themes, or a knife that you can pretend to use as a weapon.



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