Author: Mary Shelley
Page Count/Review Word Count: 224
I have a lot of love for Frankenstein – it’s a true classic, and a must-read if you’re a fan of horror or suspense. It’s also worth noting that whilst most people know about Frankenstein’s monster, they don’t necessarily know the story line – I’m not going to cover that here, but rest assured that it’s a lot of fun.
What I didn’t realise, before reading this book, was how three-dimensional both Dr. Frankenstein and his monster would be – the monster itself has complex feelings towards life and its creator, when it’s usually portrayed as a mindless zombie in popular culture.
There’s also an interesting story behind the story – Mary was married to Percy Shelley, the poet, and at a dinner with Mary, Percy and Lord Byron, a challenge was set out to create a horror story. Mary’s story is the only one that stuck, but we can all be glad that she wrote it – with one swoop, she created one of the most enduring horror stories of her generation, if not of all time.
And so I totally recommend this book, especially if you’re a fan of horror or of the classics. Or if you just want to know what the story really is. Have fun with it!