Interesting differences between the App and Book

The app was extremely interactive and made reading Frankenstein much more enjoyable and interesting. Having the ability to pick and choose the tabs after reading to discover more was great for engaging the reader more. The reader, for the most part, was able to choose which topics or areas of the story that they’d like to know more about. The reader had the power to acquire more knowledge about certain topics by simply the click of a button. For instance, I wanted to know more about Victor Frankenstein’s work and so I chose that tab entitled “What is your work?” From there the the app gave a tour of the laboratory and then as the reader I was able to go with Frankenstein to find more parts for his creature, specifically a voice box.

However being able to make certain choses at times, I was able to compare certain parts of the book and app and see some differences. For example, in class we discussed how vague Victor was in giving a description of how the creature ultimately gained life: “I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless think that lay at my feet.” (83) Then in the app Victor says, “Watch as I attach the electrode. And with a throw of a switch…” This is a bit different, but still very vague.

Another difference that I noticed between the app and the book was Victor’s attention to the physical features of the creature. In the book Victor had picked beautiful features for the monster: “his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness” (83) However through the tour of the app that I took, Victor talks of the body parts that the creature will need, but not necessarily of the physical features. This may have just been because of the tour that I specially took, but I found it interesting when Victor, in the app, says, “I created life, but never once gave thought to the life I would create”. Somewhat insinuating that the did not think of its physical appearance, although even in the book thinking of the physical features did not prevent the monster from being hideous.

I just thought those differences and several others were interesting and made the app engaging and interesting to work through.

5 comments
  1. I thought the app was engaging as well, and it was very interesting that you could learn more about certain scenes with the different tabs. However, I felt that as the reader, when I chose the tabs, I was missing parts of the stories. It was an overall interesting idea, but I do not know if it was the most effective part of the app.

  2. I agree that many of the differences in the app added new light on my understanding of Frankenstein. However, I did notice that in order to fully appreciate the app, one had to be extremely familiar with Shelley’s original work. I was sometimes hesitant to make choice about where I wanted to explore next, because I thought I might be missing something in ignoring the other choice. Although this set up made the app personalized and interesting, I don’t think it was the most effective way to get across the entire story of Frankenstein.

  3. I agree that the app is much more engaging to the reader than the book. The reader is much more in control as we are able to pick and choose which aspects of the story we want to further explore rather than simply waiting to see how the story will develop. I also agree that an important difference to note between the book and the app is that many aspects of the novel that were unexplained in the book, such as the creation of the monster, are described in much greater detail in the app version.

  4. I found the app to be more engaging as well. It provides more detail regarding vague aspects in the book. The text in the app is easier to understand than the paper back. The language used isn’t as flowery in the app as in the book. However, as it is easier to comprehend, the text in the app loses its true essence.

  5. I also thought the interactive option was a positive for this application. Not only does it allow one to attain more information, but also it provides one with more perspective for the reader. As I interacted with Frankenstein, I came with the intention of directing him to destroy the monster, which was not possible. Once the application allowed me be the monster, instead of directing him to his own destruction, I led him to safety and made very cautious approaches. In a way, this reflected that as a person, we tend to have paradoxical wants; or maybe that was just me. Nonetheless, I still found the interactive option very engaging.

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