History YMMV / Frankenstein

28th Apr '16 3:31:09 PM DoctorCooper
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* LostInImitation: Sadly. The original was a ScienceFiction novel, almost all of the adaptations were GothicHorror.

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* LostInImitation: Sadly. The original was a ScienceFiction novel, almost all of the adaptations were GothicHorror.



* ItGetsBetter: The first few chapters detail the back story of the sea captain who met the titular Doctor on his expedition to find the North Pole. If you didn't know that the novel was a Story Within a Story (Within a Story) you would read the opening thinking "Get to the unholy abominations against nature, already!"
** There's a long segment where the Monster watches a family for about a year - his yearning for a mate comes from the young man being betrothed to [[LikesOlderWomen an older woman from some exotic place]], as well as his identification with Adam's desire for a mate in Milton's ''Paradise Lost''.



* SlowPacedBeginning: The first few chapters detail the back story of the sea captain who met the titular Doctor on his expedition to find the North Pole. If you didn't know that the novel was a Story Within a Story (Within a Story) you would read the opening thinking "Get to the unholy abominations against nature, already!"
** There's a long segment where the Monster watches a family for about a year - his yearning for a mate comes from the young man being betrothed to [[LikesOlderWomen an older woman from some exotic place]], as well as his identification with Adam's desire for a mate in Milton's ''Paradise Lost''.



* UncannyValley: An in-unverse example: Frankenstein explains that not only did he make the Creature out of dead body parts, he had to make him 8 feet tall to wire together all the smaller blood veins. The result is a monster that everyone is scared of at first glance, including the creature itself.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Monster, feared and hated by all and left to wander the world alone. So he kills people. Lots of people.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Monster, feared and hated by all and left to wander the world alone. So he kills people. Lots of people.
12th Apr '16 5:29:59 AM monkeysrool75
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**The monster is nothing but a figment of Victor's imagination, embodying everything bad in himself.
31st Mar '16 11:07:17 AM ThraggLootrippa
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** Once he made the Creature, almost every inner monologue or conversation is Frankenstein going "woe is me" at length. This goes on for the rest of the book and never stops. It sails past "sympathetic" to just plain "pathetic".
22nd Dec '15 7:58:12 AM MagBas
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* [[MarySue Mary Sue]]/[[MartyStu Marty Stu]]: To some readers, Frankenstein grows up in an entire family of these. Until Elizabeth catches scarlet fever, there is no conflict in the family, and Frankenstein even says "No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself."
** PuritySue: Elizabeth is ''too'' good of a person to some readers. She is described as having a "saintly soul" and "the living spirit of love to soften and attract."
24th Sep '15 6:13:59 PM _____________
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** And the monster is either a far bigger woobie than Vic could ever hope to be, abandoned by the only person he could possibly consider a parent, or a [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]] monster with a FreudianExcuse who needs to take responsibility for his [[RevengeByProxy actions]]?

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** And the monster is either a far bigger woobie than Vic could ever hope to be, abandoned by the only person he could possibly consider a parent, or a [[{{Wangst}} wangsty]] monster with a FreudianExcuse who needs to take responsibility for his [[RevengeByProxy actions]]? actions]].


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* [[MarySue Mary Sue]]/[[MartyStu Marty Stu]]: To some readers, Frankenstein grows up in an entire family of these. Until Elizabeth catches scarlet fever, there is no conflict in the family, and Frankenstein even says "No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself."
** PuritySue: Elizabeth is ''too'' good of a person to some readers. She is described as having a "saintly soul" and "the living spirit of love to soften and attract."
20th Aug '15 1:48:31 PM _____________
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* {{Anvilicious}}: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. [[BrokenAesop It doesn't really work]], the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. [[BrokenAesop It doesn't really work]], work]]; the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.
20th Aug '15 1:47:42 PM _____________
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* {{Wangst}}: Once Frankenstein starts kicking himself over having made Creature and Creature's actions, the emotions he expresses can seem so overwrought that they become wangst.

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* {{Wangst}}: Once Frankenstein starts kicking himself over having made Creature and Creature's actions, the emotions he expresses can seem so overwrought [[PurpleProse overwrought]] that they become wangst.
16th Aug '15 8:52:43 PM _____________
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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Monster, feared and hated by all and left to wander the world alone. So he kills people. Lots of people.




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* {{Wangst}}: Once Frankenstein starts kicking himself over having made Creature and Creature's actions, the emotions he expresses can seem so overwrought that they become wangst.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: The Monster, feared and hated by all and left to wander the world alone. So he kills people. Lots of people.
15th Aug '15 3:51:45 PM _____________
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** One line in particular that stands out: "Chance - or rather the evil influence, [[YouCantFightFate the Angel of Destruction, which asserted omnipotent sway over me from the moment I turned my reluctant steps from my father's door]] - led me to M. Krempe, professor of natural philosophy."
15th Aug '15 3:39:37 PM _____________
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* {{Anvilicious}}: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. It doesn't really work, the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: That science in general and creating life specifically is hubris and fundamentally flawed is heavyhandedly hammered into the reader. [[BrokenAesop It doesn't really work, work]], the story doesn't support such a conclusion. A modern, thinking reader is more inclined to conclude "don't abandon your kid, particularly if he is socially handicapped" than "science is hubris" from this story.story.
** One line in particular that stands out: "Chance - or rather the evil influence, [[YouCantFightFate the Angel of Destruction, which asserted omnipotent sway over me from the moment I turned my reluctant steps from my father's door]] - led me to M. Krempe, professor of natural philosophy."
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