Who’s your favorite movie goth girl: Lydia or Wednesday Addams? | The Tylt
Goths are rather underrepresented in popular culture. When they are, they’re usually flat representations sporting garrish black makeup and praising Baphomet. Luckily, there are two beloved movie characters that do the goth crowd justice. The first is “Beetlejuice’s” Lydia, a perpetually-irritated teen who likes the dead more than the living. The second is Wednesday Addams, an intimidating child whose blatant words disturb more than impress. Who’s your favorite?
Who’s your favorite movie goth girl: Lydia or Wednesday Addams?
When we’re first introduced to Lydia (Winona Ryder), she ticks every box on the goth requirements list: She’s surly, resents her parents (especially her stepmother), wears dark clothing, and would rather live life through a camera (so deep). But when she stumbles across a couple of real-life (dead?) ghosts, her goth-ness levels up completely.
Said real-life (dead) ghosts are Barbara and Adam Maitland (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin), a newly-deceased couple who is concerned with Lydia’s family’s plans to renovate their beloved home. They’re so concerned, in fact, that they hire troublesome spirit, Betelgeuse (Michael Keaton), to scare them off. Betelgeuse, however, proves to be a lot more than they can handle. Supernatural hijinks and Harry Belafonte dance sessions ensue.
As mentioned earlier, Lydia has a leg-up on other goths because she clearly cares less whether the person she’s talking to is dead or alive. In fact, it kind of seems like Lydia gets along a lot better with dead people than ones with a pulse. While most goths are all talk till they’re confronted with actual death, Lydia has no problem adopting two ghosts as her surrogate parents. Honestly, though, considering what she’s saddled with, can you blame her?
Other Lydia highlights include sharp wit, extreme sarcasm, and the fact that she’s Winona Ryder IRL. Seriously—what other actress can pull off greasy bangs as well? None, is who.
Wednesday Addams is every babysitter’s worse nightmare. She’s an intelligent child wise beyond her years, so there’s no fooling her. She also really likes to creep people out to the extreme, so don’t be surprised when you turn around and she’s suddenly holding a steak knife (or dishing out some stark facts of life).
On the other hand, Wednesday is every goth parent’s dream come true. She’s placid in expression, loves death, and immaculately dresses in Victorian-era black clothing. There’s also no need to baby talk her; in fact, that’s something she utterly despises. It’s best you treat Wednesday like an adult, lest you want a hefty dose of deadpan chastisement and a little guillotine action.
Although Wednesday doesn’t have any ghost friends that we know of, she does come from the creepiest family in town: the Addams family. Weird nonsense is just their way of life, including factors such as disembodied hands, and Cousin Itt, who, for all we know, is an Iggy Pop that's given up on haircuts.
We’re sure Wednesday Addams has a sense of humor somewhere; it’s just buried way deep beneath a disturbingly stoic demeanor and, well—everything else. At least she doesn’t beat around the bush with much.