Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
Fiction | Horror-Thriller
“Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human?”
pooled ink Review:
Not very scary…at all. Honestly it made me feel rather sad, evoking sympathy for the monster rather than fear (turns out that was the point…well sort of). But I was never really interested in Frankenstein or his monster now that I think about it… I mean I was honestly excited to read the book especially considering its influence on literature and the horror genre but, well, while it did open up interesting discussions on science and the human condition it still left me a tad disappointed and put out (I guess its years of popularity in the horror genre snowballed into over-hyping the story and advertising it as something different but more commercially successful). That can happen sometimes in life. But ya just gotta hike up yo pants, tip toe through the muddy puddles, and sally forth because a better book could be lurking around the next bend in the road. Onward ho!
Cheers and welcome to the month of Halloween!
P.S. In case you are like the other million people out there who somehow still don’t know: Frankenstein and his Monster. Frankenstein is NOT the monster’s name! …Cool. Now ya know.
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Originally rated on Goodreads on October 22, 2012
Meet Mary Shelley!
Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley.