Monster is the story of Steve Harmon, a black youth put on trial for murder during an armed robbery gone wrong. The story is told through Steve's journals and his screenplay-formatted reflections on the trial. An aspiring writer, Steve struggles to create a moral framework for himself as the trial progresses and his cohorts testify. Eventually he is found not guilty while another of the boys is sentenced to life in prison. Steve reflects on his choices and decides to pursue writing.
Monsters, Inc. is the story of alternate-universe-dwelling monsters Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan, two lifelong friends who work as "scarers," energy professionals who harvest the power of children's screams. The monster world runs on this energy, but when a young human child, presumed toxic and deadly, enters Mike and Sully's life their entire world is turned upside down in the rush to get her home. The film deals with corporate corruption and amorality, energy dependency, and propaganda.
A Monster Calls is a fantasy novel by Patrick Ness about a boy named Conor and his relationship with a monster who visits him at night. Conor's home and school life is unpleasant and his mother is dying of cancer. One night after being awoken by a nightmare, Conor meets a monster in his room who begins telling him stories in exchange for telling his nightmare. The monster's stories center around entangled human relationships and Conor's story of his nightmare helps him to confront his fears and heal.