Victor Frankenstein: Character Connection

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Don’t you just love larger-than-life characters? The ones who jump off the page and grab you? Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t be indifferent to them.

I would love to know about the characters who just won’t leave you! Most of you will probably post about how much you love (or loathe) each character, but this is a great place for the more creative ones among you to let go and have fun! Write yourself into a scene with Anne and Diana. Write a love poem in elvish for Aragorn. Draw a picture of Harry obliterating Voldemort. The possibilities are endless.

Be sure to post the book’s title and author, and be very careful not to give away spoilers while talking about how much you love your characters.

Mr. Linky will be posted here on The Introverted Reader every Thursday.

It’s the first Thursday in October and I am excited!  I don’t know why; I don’t deal well with intense horror.  Oh, I can read me some Stephen King and Dean Koontz and (mostly) sleep well afterward, but you won’t catch me watching any Saw movies.  *shudder*  I don’t know if I would ever sleep again after watching one of those.

Anyway, I’m excited to bring you a character from a classic horror novel!

Victor Frankenstein.  Oh my gosh, I loathed him. From my review (which I am inordinately fond of): “A more self-absorbed, self-indulgent, self-explicatory character I hope to never meet.”

Start spouting excuses for your bad behavior and you have lost me completely. And Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one long excuse, from both the creator and the monster.

Victor is super-intelligent, but he gets crazy-obsessed with life and death. So he decides to combat death. And he wins. Nowhere along the way does he stop to think, “Hey, this might not be a good idea. What am I going to do with this life form once I create it?” Nope, he’s just all about the battle and proving that he can.

Kenneth Branagh as Victor Frankenstein

So he accomplishes his goal, and faster than you can say “creator’s remorse,” he is outta there. Mentally, physically, anyway a person can be gone, he is gone. And that’s the rest of his story. He’ll briefly try to deal with the problem, but then he’ll be all overwhelmed like Scarlett with the vapors and he’s gone again. The man is useless.

But it’s not his fault.

Of course it isn’t.

(On a side note, Kenneth Branagh was smokin’ as Victor Frankenstein in the 1994 film version.)

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  1. My daughter is reading this for English class right now so I kind of had to pick it up because I had never read it. Totally agree with you about Victor–what an a*^!

  2. such a great halloween-ish choice! and i agree about Kenneth Branagh))
    i so regret that i've fallen behind and lost character connection, i hope i'll regain my powers and find time for the next one!

  3. +JMJ+

    It's easy to read character profiles of Frankenstein's monster, whom everyone agrees deserves our compassion, but this is the first spotlight on his irresponsible creator that I've read in a long time.

    I can't stand people who don't think anything is ever their fault, whether I meet them in real life or in the pages of a book. It's almost enough to put me off Frankenstein, which I have lined up for this month . . . but not quite! =P

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