My favorite scene in the book comes towards the end. It’s the finale in the foundry. That’s where the stories of the three main characters come to a climax. I picture the scene where Adam breaks down the door in the pouring rain and calls out Viktor’s name. It’s a real trailer moment for the story. (Couldn’t actually use it in my trailer for budget reasons.)
Another one of my favorite scenes is towards the middle after Eva has fallen into the river. Viktor uses his machinery to save her life. I liked it so much I moved it ahead to the prologue.
What I like about it is that it shows where I’m striking out on my own. Viktor isn’t assisted by a slovenly hunchback but by a professional engineer. And his search to conquer death has taken a few interesting detours. It’s also the point where Viktor and Eva’s relationship takes a critical turn. It was one of the very first scenes I imagined when I first planned the story. It seemed to me that Viktor could use his technology as a modern defibrillator. And what could be more dramatic than using it to revive the story’s heroine? It was a very straightforward scene when I first wrote it as a screenplay. When it came time to convert it to a novel I had a few more choices to make. I decided to keep the scene from Eva’s perspective and it’s very dark and gloomy at the beginning because she’s just been pulled from the river. I personally have no experience with near death experience. I wrote it from the point of view of someone who was slipping from this world into an unknown darkness. That part still gives me the chills. When this chapter became the prologue I had the opportunity to rewrite the scene from Viktor’s point of view. It’s more dynamic here. Viktor is using all his skill and knowledge to defeat death and he won’t be denied. Both scenes were very rewarding to write.
I also really enjoyed some of the more horrific sections. I’m a big creature feature-loving kid at heart and these scenes brought me back to my misspent youth. Two scenes really stand out. One takes place in the alley and the other one by the river bank. I was careful not to just write gratuitous violence. What happens in these scenes is horrible but it’s necessary as far as Viktor is concerned. He’s going to protect his work no matter what. They both have different tones. The alley scene is a fight. I’d say it’s almost like a slasher in some regards, though not as bloody. The riverbank scene is more emotional and more haunting. It has to do with grief and remembrance of those who are dead. Both scenes give the narrative a nice kick but they are also pivotal scenes in the plot. These are the points of no return for the characters.
After pouring so much work into these scenes along with the rest of the book I’m very excited to see what the audience reaction is.
Did I do good?
That’s not for me to decide. I hope others enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it. But I’ll just have to wait and see.
In a small village in early 19th Century young Eva is enthralled by the new young baron, Viktor Frankenstein. Viktor promises to transform the traditional little town into a beacon of science and gives the book loving Eva access to his fantastic library. Eva becomes his student and assists him in a secret experiment, though she is kept in the dark about its ultimate aim. Soon after that Viktor introduces Eva to his “cousin” Adam. Adam is horribly disfigured with stitches running across his face. Viktor claims he is mute and simpleminded, but Eva takes pity on him and sets out to teach him to speak.…
What follows is a combination of tragic romance and classic horror as Eva is pulled between Viktor, who grows jealous and takes murderous steps to ensure his secret, and Adam, who possess tremendous strength and rage yet deep inside is innocent and vulnerable.
In his debut fantasy novel, Michael J. Lee retells the classic story by Mary Shelley as a dark romance with steampunk overtones.
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