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ARCHIVE 2012 > Oct 2012 - Frankenstein: Chapters 1-8 (Contains Spoilers)

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Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments This thread is for discussion of chapters one through eight.


Kelsi  (essentiallybooked) | 750 comments What is everyone thinking so far? I'm on chapter 10. This book is not what I expected. I find the structure of the book interesting. It starts out with the narrator writing letters to his sister and now he is recollecting Frankenstein's story to her.

I'm reading the free Kindle version, so the English is a little out dated and hard to read at times. Sometimes it feels like Victor is just droning on and on.

I was surprised at how little time is spend on the actual creation. Anyone else feel this way? I think the movies and pop culture have given us unrealistic expectations of this book.


Johanna | 766 comments I read Frankenstein almost a year ago and I felt it was so hard to read! I had a paperback of it sitting on my shelf for a long while even though I expected it to be pretty exciting. I think a retelling of Frankenstein might be great, but this original one was just too hard to read for me to actually enjoy it.


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Kelsi wrote: "What is everyone thinking so far? I'm on chapter 10. This book is not what I expected. I find the structure of the book interesting. It starts out with the narrator writing letters to his siste..."

The creation reminded me a bit of the "here's one I made earlier" thing they do on TV when they are cooking or making something to shorten the segment. I know that Victor doesn't want to tell anyone how he did it so that no one else will make a creature but it was ridiculously glossed over.


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Johanna wrote: "I read Frankenstein almost a year ago and I felt it was so hard to read! I had a paperback of it sitting on my shelf for a long while even though I expected it to be pretty exciting. I think a rete..."

I haven't read them so I don't know how good they are but Dean Koontz has written a series of books that are a modern retelling of the story. You may want to check them out the first is: Prodigal Son


Nathan (nthnlwly) I agree, this is very strange! I don't get how the monster got so popular these days! There hasn't been much of him at all yet. Personally, I'm bored with it, and find my mind wandering often for paragraphs that drone on. But I don't go back and reread what I've 'missed', and I'm still following the story. Which is a good thing.

The creation was totally skimmed over, but I didn't mind that much. I like your comparison, Pigletto, to the cooking shows and "this is one I prepared earlier" - that's exactly what it felt like!


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The monster's story is coming up. For me it was the best bit of the book. Much better than whiny Victor sections.

I was so annoyed at him when Justine is going to be executed for a crime she didn't commit and he goes on and on about how bad he feels and that it's far worse for him than it is for Justine. The man just doesn't stop feeling sorry for himself.

Although, the monster is popular it's the Boris Karloff film version rather than the one from the book that people tend to know.


Nathan (nthnlwly) Ah I see!

Yes, that was totally obnoxious. I found myself really disliking his character when that was happenig!


Renae Richardson | 21 comments Kelsi wrote: "What is everyone thinking so far? I'm on chapter 10. This book is not what I expected. I find the structure of the book interesting. It starts out with the narrator writing letters to his siste..."

It starts as a very verbose account and is easy to get lost or lose interest in the opening letters. However, I find it an excellent proof of what can happen when man becomes preoccupied with delving too far into the mysteries of the universe. Some things are best left to mystery. I find it an accurate reflection of people today. People are intent on testing the boundaries and recreate that which is already beautifully created. At the end of the day man looks at what he has wrought in the world and becomes utterly disgusted at what he or she has wrought and its destructive power.


Renae Richardson | 21 comments Pigletto wrote: "The monster's story is coming up. For me it was the best bit of the book. Much better than whiny Victor sections.

I was so annoyed at him when Justine is going to be executed for a crime she didn..."


I too expected him to speak up in her defense. I found it odd that he would promise his adopted sister that Justine would get off with no problem.

He is right it is far worse for him. He has to live with the fact that he is responsible for monstrosity and yet could not face it when he came face to face with it. He did not have the guts to destroy the ugliness he had created but rather unleashed it on the world. He left it free to roam. In the end Justine and his brother are victims of his irresponsibility. He is truly the monster.


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Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments Wow, not at all what I expected. Like some others have expressed, I was expecting the creation to take more pages ("he's alive!" and all that). And I had to reread some parts. Like, wait, did he really just create a monster then LEAVE HIM ALONE while he himself wallowed in self pity? I thought I had surely missed something.

I'm totally fascinated so far. Sure, Frankenstein is whiny, but he's so flawed that I can't wait to see what happens.


Kelsi  (essentiallybooked) | 750 comments The creation is what bothers me the most upon reflection. I watched Frankenstein on Netflix and as any true book lover does, got a little upset at the awful relationship between the book and the movie.

Also it bugs me that media makes him green, when the Creation is surely grayish/yellowish. haha probably a little petty, but it just bothers me.


Lilac  (lilac_wales) | 850 comments I decided to read this after all! And I agree with all of you who say the creation was a bit disappointing. It's crazy that he created a monster and didn't hear anything about it again for a whole two years! Other than that it's not bad but completely different to how I expected.


Sharon (sharint) | 739 comments I started the book and got as far as the creation then got bored ... I guess I better pick it back up and finish it over the next couple days.


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Kara (karaayako) | 3972 comments Sharon, I like the next section best--I'd give it another shot.


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