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PostSubject: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly   Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:49 pm

Going into this novel the only reference points I had were the old Frankenstein movies starring Boris Karloff and, to a lesser extent, the more recent one starring Robert DeNiro as the monster. None of these versions really resembles the book at all.

For one thing the creature, though physically repulsive as in the movie versions, is in the novel intelligent and articulate. In fact, he's downright eloquent, which I wasn't expecting at all. Nothing like the grunts and moans, or at best the slurred speech, of the movie versions.

Victor Frankenstein, a character I came to dislike almost immediately, creates the monster in a school laboratory and abandons it as soon as he realizes he succeeded in bringing it to life. He spends the rest of the novel feeling sorry for himself and not owning up to what he did as the creature, spurned by its creator and humankind in general, decides to take his revenge on all of Victor's loved ones, making him as destitute as the creature itself.

The story is well-told and kept my interest. I just didn't like the MC, not one bit. I would recommend it.

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PostSubject: Re: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly   Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:22 pm

"Frankenstein" was one of the texts that were assigned for my class about gothic literature. I really tried to get into it, but it was impossibly tedious - I like dark, creepy stories, but monsters? Seriously? On some level, I can believe in ghosts, so works like "The Haunting of Hill House" or "Sleepy Hollow" work for me. But monsters and zombies just don't give me the creeps. I simply cannot believe in them, and therefore find it very hard to be drawn into the storyline.

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PostSubject: Re: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly   Mon Apr 19, 2010 4:11 am

Frankenstein, to me, was not at all a gothic horror novel. Far from it. Although it's remembered for being scary, the novel always was, to me at least, a bigger insight into human nature and a brilliantly crafted character study than anything that sent chills up your spine.

Is it just me, or did anyone else sympathize more with the monster than Frankenstein? Such a irresponsible creator, that guy.
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