frankenstein*

I am terribly biased for a number of reasons, but having just finished listening to Audible’s version of Frankenstein, narrated by Dan Stevens, I can’t help wishing for an adaptation of it with Dan as the Creature and Oscar Isaac as Frankenstein.

Dan seems so drawn to roles of outsiders desperately seeking acceptance and normalcy in their own ways.

Oscar, on the other hand, seems drawn to roles of men destroyed by their own reckless ambitions.

Seems like a great pairing to me.

Add to that Dan’s vocal style (is that a thing?) for the Creature, I would just love for him to get uglified and really go after it.

The really hilarious thing about Frankenstein that modern adaptations almost invariably leave out is that the dude wasn’t even a scientist.

Yeah, there’s that post going around about how he wasn’t really a doctor because he never graduated university, but here’s the thing: he wasn’t even studying science.

The text is explicit on this point: Frankenstein was a student of alchemy, not medicine. He thought he was pretty hot stuff because his alchemist cred impressed folks in the middle-of-nowhere town where he grew up, but then he enrolled in a big city university and everybody laughed at him, not because his ideas where too cutting edge, but because they were absurdly archaic.

Here’s these people literally forging new paths in surgery and germ theory and everything that would become modern medicine, and then here’s this punk kid shooting his mouth off about, like, vital humours and shit. How could they not mock him?

That’s where the whole “I’ll show them - I’ll show them all!” bit comes from.