Which Monster and Why? [NOT 27/10/21]

Hi, friends!

In the spirit of Halloween, if you were to be a monster, what one would you be and why?

If it’s not a classic well-known one, please include a very brief summary of what the heck it is.



  1. I’m going to go Mary Shelley completist with this one and rally behind one of my literary sticking points.


    I’d choose the Creature/the Monster in Frankenstein, as he’s written in Shelley’s story–and NOT the Hollywood, Boris Karloff version that seems to have overtaken imaginations and keeps being repeated by actors who should know better (ahem, De Niro).

    Frankenstein’s Creature/Monster (NOT called Frankenstein as often thought) is not a grumbling, lumbering mass as often depicted. In Shelley’s work, he’s an intelligent, sensitive, and learned being who reads, among other texts, Goethe’s The Sorrows of the Young Werther. He dreams of a simple, quiet life with a like-formed companion. Part of Shelley’s point was that, if only his exterior were not imposing and frightening, he could have lived as an enlightened creature. But the people he encountered assumed he had a savage, malicious nature when in fact it was theirs.


  2. If I were to be true to my personal history then I could picture myself to be the Incredible Hulk.  Not because I’m a gamma ray infected goon, but more the “Don’t make me angry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” aspect.

    More along the lines of fandom, I would want to be The Thing.  Not the killer carrot of 1951, but from the John Carpenter 1982 classic.

  3. I’d like being La Xtabai – she is this gorgeous enchantress with long black hair who lures drunks and assholes to her Ceiba tree and then either kills them or sends them home with a fever and then they die. Also, she can shapeshift into a snake, and that would be pretty damn cool.

  4. Wolfman. Totally the Wolfman. I’ve always like the idea of being a werewolf.

    That said I also kinda like the Creature of the Black Lagoon. Sorta fits with living in Florida with swamps everywhere. Being able to swim and breathe underwater is pretty awesome.

  5. Do I have to be a monster, I’m ok being a ghost cause I have lots of folks I would love to scare the shit out of.  If I have to be a monster,



  6. now I’m reminded of that okcupid question of whether you would rather be invisible or capable of flight…

    And I guess some people wrote some stuff on it, and the general perception is that people who pick invisibility generally want it to creep on people, and I feel dumb for that never crossing my mind…

    Invisibility appeals to me, because it would allow me to exist in this world without having to participate into it.  I could just walk into a theater or museum and observe stuff, I could wander around weird factories and industrial complexes, I could just live pretty much where ever I feel like it, and unless I’m right next to people making noise, no one would know/care, and I’d be left alone.


    That said, probably some sort of ghost-type thing? preferably with some ability to affect the physical world (it would get frustrating not being able to turn pages, and having to try to read books by looking over people’s shoulders…), but the incorporeal and invisible aspects would be cool, as well as the floaty/levitating thing.

    Although, realistically speaking, deranged hermit is much more likely…

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