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Parasha: Frankenstein March 3rd reading

Blah, I remembered to read the section last night all in readiness, and then almost forgot to write it up today!

I'll just do one write-up, since from what everyone was saying, no one who HAS read the book before really remembers jack about it worth spoiling, but if I'm wrong and someone does want to discuss some spoily stuff let me know, and I'll start splitting it up.

Also, mea culpa, I put the first reading sections as three letters, but it was four, I missed the fourth somehow (maybe because the third was so short). But I figure everyone knows what I meant, right?


Also, can anyone go into this book without hearing it in their head as "Frahnk-ehn-shteeeen"?

Ahem, anyhow. So we open up this thrilling Gothic Horror classic with... J. Random Dude who's off on an expidition to the arctic, of course. WTF? It even threw me, since as I said I remember very little of my original readthrough.

Dude, four letters over the course of more than six months? Glad this guy isn't my correspondent. Some nice brotherly love, there! I mean, maybe if it was implied that there were other, less-important-to-the-book letters in between there, but I'm not getting that impression.

I'm also wondering if there's supposed to be something in the different ways that the guy signs off his name. I mean, I'd just chalk it up as a touch to try to make it seem more realistic and natural, but I know I don't tend to sign off letters (to the same person anyhow) in a ton of different ways like that! Maybe it was different Back In The Day, though.

I like how Robert is like practically totally in love with his little ship-board guest, and doesn't even give his bloody name. I mean, knowing what we know as modern readers it's pretty apparent who he is, but it just seems odd, ya know? In a similar vein, wow, I'll chalk his description of friendship and longing and bonding and all up to the difference in eras, but yeah. I could easily see someone starting this book and figuring there's something more to it.

I think that was most of what I wanted to say. Not sure how effective this is as an opening though, because it's so... distant from the actual meat of the book! But oh well, framing devices, gotta love them. Some more so than others.

Anyhow, please, discuss!


Remember, since this is a meatier novel, we're doing a daily schedule on this one, so Chapter 1 discussion is tomorrow.

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stormfeather
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see it thematically, but for a matter of sucking your reader in for an enjoyment-type novel (which I believe this is supposed to be)? Not so much. I mean, it's not *horrible*, but I could think of better ways to open the story. (Like Dracula, for instance, which basically starts Right There.)

As for Arctic Dude, well, he's not in the Arctic Ocean for the first like 6 months or so! He's on land building a crew n' shit.
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stormfeather
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ah yeah, I meant to mention the eternal light thing. Yeah, true, for like four months out of the year (I forget how long it takes to switch between the two extremes), but yeah.

And I actually do remember reading a short story back when I was younger and totally into vampires (I mean, even more than now!), and devouring all the stuff I could find, no matter the quality. And it had vampires basically migrating between the poles at different times of the year, to be active a lot more. (And also importantly not have that whole "dead and helpless during the day" weakness going on.)
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stormfeather
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I don't think so - this was a short story, and that was apparently a comic book mini-series.
khedron
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Notice he's fixated on the North Pole as a place of eternal light, when it ought to be obvious that what you're going to get are six months of light and six months of night.

He *did* say that he wasn't very well educated.

However, I think "Dracula vs. Frankenstein" was a different movie.
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khedron
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
The "warm" part was pretty surprising to me at first, given what we know of the north pole. But hey, if it's lit up, then it's warm from the sun, right? I can see that.

Thank you for digging into this!
stormfeather
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Enh, maybe, re: the letter frequency. I mean, on the one hand yeah, middle of nowhere, but on the other hand, "oh hey sister who loves me and worries about me, and who I may never see again in this world. I know that these letters may well be the ONLY chance you get to hear my thoughts ever again, and keep to remember me by. So here's a letter every three or four months! Enjoy!"
khedron
Mar. 5th, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
It's a hard life, building boats and hiring sailors. Busy, with lots of carousing. (But no True Friends.)
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