Jigme Datse Yli-Rasku — Blog — 2021 — Frankenstein
I have just finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I decided to read because I've been wanting to read it for a while, and it ends up taking a large portion of Autistic Disturbances by Julia Miele Rodas.
I'm not quite sure where to start with this. I think that maybe I'll start with sort of an overall impression. I did really enjoy reading this though at parts, I'm not sure if we were reading some mistranscribing of some of what is in the original text. There were words which were off by one letter from what felt like the right word. Though they were probably plausible too.
The version I read was from Standard eBooks. It was really well done from my perspective. There seems to be some characters which are not really in my font, as they are getting rendered as squares.
Posible Spoilers Ahead
I know that some people are not keen on spoilers with just about anything which might be "review" like, so I am leaving a bit of a warning about that.
That said, I also try not to put too much plot in anything I review unless it is more or less in person. I don't expect that what I put would be that much of a spoiler.
Again, some people just see too much as a spoiler. I will say, I don't expect many of those people to be likely reading anyway. So...
If you haven't read it, and are still avoiding spoilers (200+ years after initial publication) maybe stop here. I don't expect major spoilers that aren't already well known.
The structure of the story was different, as it opens and closes with letters which are written by a largely minor character (pretty much small portion at the beginning and end).
The main body, and most of the final letter are told more like a traditional narrative.
The main narrative is split between being told by Victor Frankenstein and his monster.
There are some themes which I think are well worth noting. There is a good amount of "us" vs. "the other" which carries at various places in the story, mostly with the monster as "the other" but in many other places there.
It is reasonably well handled, as we tend to hear the voices of both sides of the conflict. Though it could be argued that there is very much a primary "us" which we see quite as the right. Or is quite easy to see as the right view.
The monster is very much seen as other in the story by everyone else in the story.
I have a bit of problem with calling the monster, "the monster" as that has a strong implication as to the kinds of things that happen in regard to it, and it would be better to call it "the construct" which is both more accurate (it is constructed) and more neutral (it doesn't have a clear negative conotation).
The construct ends up trying to reach out to the humans, and finds that any attempt to reach out (except it appears two people who already know the nature of the construct) ends up being incredibly aversive, as everyone sees the construct as a dangerous monster.
After each of these negative encounters, leads to escalation of lashing out as an emotional escape from the rejection of the rejection of the construct by all others (including the two who at the very least are willing to listen to what the construct has to say).
While the construct does label their behaviour as sin, or crime. This feels more that it's a matter of defining it in terms which those that the construct is talking to, can relate to.
Some of what gets labeled as a crime, or sin, is more a matter of an accident rather than a deliberate act meant to cause harm.
Yes, some of the acts are done inentionally, based on the kinds of observed behaviour of the humans around the construct. The desire for revenge, is directly in response to seeing this in the humans around him.
Mostly, I would say that is what I have to say about the story, though I do encourage looking at Autistic Disturbances by Julia Rodas to get a different take. It's coming from a very different direction, and is worth considering that direction.
I will say that having read them so close to each other, I can quite easily say that what she says is entirely in line with my experience of reading the book.
Just how I'm handling topics right now, putting them on the bottom like this: