I don’t know how many of you share this with me, but I love reading. A lot. In my opinion, there are very few things as amazing as settling in front of a fireplace with hot chocolate and a book, especially during the holidays.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really a fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but it did give me the satisfaction that reading a book normally does. I was able to get lost in the story completely, even if I didn’t really love it.

The app, however, did no such thing. First of all, I have to say I don’t really mind reading on an iPad. I’ve done it before without many complaints, but this time was different. I found the background of the app extremely distracting and there’s nothing more annoying than being unable to see how far you have to go and there being no page numbers in general. Not only that, but I hated the way the pages changed. In the Kindl app, for example, you can flip pages almost like you can in a book, this one you had to tap for it to go back up, which I didn’t like.

My biggest dislike, however, was the choices. When you’re reading a book, you need to be a reader. You need to be able to lose yourself in a different world that will take you away from your own, and if you’re making choices to see how the story is going to go on, you can’t do that. Every time I ended the page, I had to pull myself out of the story, look over the possibilities and decide which one was going to be the right choice. And to be completely honest, because I couldn’t lose myself in the story, I ended up picking whichever one I thought would get me done faster. That’s not what a story is supposed to do.

Lastly, I felt that even though the language was easier to read than Mary Shelley’s original work, it took away from the story. Something about her word choices made it more realistic than this new Victor’s easy slang.

I just don’t think that something so classic, should be allowed to be butchered the way it was to be put in this app.

Oh and P.S., Bill is a much better name than Adom. Way to make the reference to Adam and Eve even more obvious, gosh.

  1. I agree Amanda, at times it definitely felt like it was hard to lose yourself in the story. However, i guess that’s one of the downsides of having more control over the story, rather than the story, as in a regular book, having greater control over you

    1. And sorry I meant to say Emily.

  2. my biggest issue with the app was also the inability to flip through the pages freely and see how much of the story was left in each chapter. it was very difficult to immerse myself in the story because because I kept getting distracted by all of the apps features. I also agree that the app’s version of the characters and language take away from Shelley’s classic vision.

  3. It’s funny because I feel the opposite way. While normally i hate reading on iPads, i thought this app made the book more appealing. This is probably because it was hard for me to really get into the book, so when reading the modernized version on the app was helpful for me.

  4. I agree with Carly that I found this version easier to get into, but I wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that we just read the novel and so I know the story very well already.

    Next time I teach this class, I should do an experiment and half read it one way and half read it the other…

  5. I agree with you that the simplistic language kills the beauty of the original text. However, I think i would have absolutely loved this app if i had not read the original story before. Because i know the original story, i tend to quickly skim through the text on the app and make a quick choice which seems more attractive. My curiosity is very limited while reading the app.

  6. I thought that the app was easier to get into because we were encouraged more as the readers to engage by making choices and also the fact that Victor addressed us several times throughout the story. However, I do agree with Emily about the language used in the app. The dramatic language used by Victor, the monster and Walton in the novel added more to the story and gave the novel that overdramatic experience I think Mary Shelley wanted.

  7. I agree Emily that these aspects took away from the overall experience of reading Frankenstein. I also wrote about how these tabs took me out of the story and I was not able to be fully immersed. As you said that the language took away from the story, I believe any rendition takes away because these are not Shelley’s original words.

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