Not Doctor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein is shallow and weak and self-involved, a fickle narcissist who wallows in regret after he gets his friends and family killed.
The monster holds everyone's attention.
Admittedly, this is not because Frankenstein is well loved as a novel. The cultural love affair with the monster is a shallow one, focused largely on his image in the movies. But also, the idea of the monster is fascinating, the conceit that organic life is interoperable. That a scientist can take a bunch of spare human - parts and make a person as easily as you can make a starship by fitting Legos together.
At its root, the idea that life can be manipulated satisfies insecurities about mortality and senescence. In this the novel Frankenstein was prescient: It is a goal of science to transplant or manufacture human organs in order to extend lifespan.
But there is a strong element of /keen embodied in the monster as well. What would you do if you could effortlessly Lego- your body? If you could stitch on cool new replacement parts? Would you give yourself wings? A wolf head? It is a heady power fantasy, but also artistic in its own merits. The religious art of the ancients often featured baroque chimera, gods with animal heads on human bodies, and the human-animal daughters of the Greek Titans: Snake bodied Echidna, the winged lion Sphinx, the human/bird Harpies. The idea of -people has often been mined in pulp fiction, from the surgically created animal humans of The Island of Doctor to the horrific but humorous of Herbert West: , wherein body parts get stuck together in bizarre combinations. Stories about the genetic combination of humans and animals fill the same niche, from Jurassic Park to Splice.
This is why I loved the idea of the monster, too. My grandmother gave me a copy of Frankenstein for my birthday, one year. I had asked for it. But I couldn't actually read it. Like the Lord of the Rings, it was too dry for my adolescent brain. I still loved the idea of the monster, the creature with bolts in its neck and thick sutures holding it together. I loved the idea of artificial mankind. Of manufactured mankind.
But that's not the monster that made it into Frankenstein vs. the Titans.