Frankenstein

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16 noviembre, 2012 por jesusfgarciareyes

Mariana Ontañón

Frankenstein by Mary B. Shelley was first published in 1818; it is a science fiction novel that is about a monster created by a scientist and all the process and consequences he lives as a result of creating this monster. One of the many rewrites this novel has had is Stranger than Fiction directed by Marc Forster and released in 2006. They have many things in common, but at the same time the movie makes some changes that are somehow related to the novel.

One of the main characteristics that make the movie Stranger than Fiction a rewriting of the novel Frankenstein is the time and place each of the mentioned happen. The novel takes place in the eighteenth century and starts off in Geneva while the movie is in the twenty first century and occurs in a big city. This makes the audience of the movie more interested and attracted to it because it is in the same century as the people that are watching it, and at the same time they are telling the Frankenstein story in a different way. In the book the people are less civilized and live in poor situations while in the movie they live in a city and they have jobs that make their lives be in the same routine. When Harold Crick discovers that he is being controlled by a female voice happens when his routine of everyday breaks because he notices the voice.

The creators and their monsters

            In the novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates a monster with no name, and with time he discovers all the consequences he suffers because of messing up with science. In a part of the novel the monster says:

I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on” (Ch.24,849)

The monster feels undesired and this makes him search for his revenge. While in Stranger than Fiction Harold Crick discovers that he has a creator; one of the changes the movie makes is that Harold Crick does not want to kill his so called creator, he just desires to talk to her so she can explain and tell her to stop controlling his life. Both, the movie and novel have a creator that think the monster or creation will not be aware of them, but both, Harold Crick and The monster start questioning themselves about their existence and want to discover the truth.

The creators are quite different, starting by a difference between male and female, something that both of them have is intelligence at that they are rare people, one of them is a crazy scientist (Frankenstein) while the other one is a writer that has been working for the same book for years. Both of them can reflect is how they end up feeling guilty for their acts, Victor Frankenstein decides not to mess up with science ever again, and Karen Eiffel backs off with her plan of killing Harold Crick. Both are compulsive people that like to do everything right and do not like to make mistakes.

The monster has a desire of being loved when he hides in a house where he sees the treatment between some parents and their children; that is the moment where he wants revenge because Victor Frankenstein does not love him and did not make him someone that would love him, the fact that no one loves him also makes him an outsider. While in the movie, Harold Crick is also an outsider, he only has one friend and also has the need of meeting his narrator and asking her the “Why” question. They are really similar in some aspects but at the same time because of the different centuries that the stories take place there are some differences.

One of the biggest differences between the movie and novel is that The monster is less intelligent and aware of his surroundings and Harold Crick even works as a tax collector. People dislike The monster because of his physical aspect and Harold because of his job. Both start not caring about being outsiders and not wanted but with some time they make it one of their biggest priorities.

Conclusion

In conclusion Stranger than Fiction is a rewriting of the novel Frankenstein because the movie does have many similarities with the novel, but, at the same time it changes some features to make the audience more attracted to the theme of the movie and also to make an original rewriting of a novel that was one of the first science fiction novels and one of the most famous novels ever written.

“I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.” (The monster, Ch.15, 467)

This quotation reflects how the monster questions its existence and wants to know how to figure the answers out.

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