The intention of this website is to compare and contrast William Godwin’s novel St. Leon with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, an anime with a similar plot. St. Leon is a classic novel about gaining the secrets to immortality and endless wealthy. However, the tale falls short of fondness when read by a modern audience. Dominick Grace, an English professor, expresses a negative view of the novel in his review on Goodreads: “This book was apparently highly regarded when it came out and treated as a classic in the nineteenth century. It’s difficult to see why.” If an English professor who loves and teaches literature of all ages struggles to find enjoyment in St. Leon, then the novel must have hurdles that hinder a modern audience’s reading. To analyze and articulate these hurdles, an anime named Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will be used as a lens due to the anime having a similar plot, but is considered popular unlike St. Leon. A modern audience’s issues with St. Leon are shown in the mediums, how Godwin alienates a modern audience with his intentions, the historical context of both stories, and the secrecy of the philosopher stone in both the anime and the novel.