Author(s): Mary Shelley
No. of pages: 230
Genre: Horror, Classic
Publication date: 1818
Date read: October 22nd 2018
The scientist Victor Frankenstein, obsessed with possessing the secrets of life, creates a new being from the bodies of the dead. But his creature is a twisted, gruesome parody of a man who, rejected for his monstrous appearance, sets out to destroy his maker.
Mary Shelley’s chilling Gothic tale, conceived after a nightmare in 1816 when she was only eighteen, became a modern myth. It is a disturbing and dramatic exploration of birth and death, creation and destruction, and one of the most iconic horror stories of all time.
I can safely say that I’ve added Frankenstein to my all-time favourites. I was kinda scared to start it, because what if I’d be disappointed? What if it’d be too hard for me to read because of the older language? Luckily, none of these things happened and I absolutely loved reading it!
The story starts off a bit slow, and I didn’t really know where it was heading to. This was because it’s a story in a story (and at one time even a story in a story in a story!), so I wondered what the start had to do with the actual story about Victor Frankenstein and his “monster”. Once this became clear, though, I didn’t have any difficulties with the story anymore and I could finally enjoy reading it!
As is usual in classics (at least, the classics I’ve read so far 😏), there are some slow parts where the author digresses to discuss the scenery, the history of places or a little philosophy. Frankenstein was no different when it comes to these slow parts, but luckily they didn’t make the story any less enjoyable.
What stuck with me when I finished reading was that the monster’s name isn’t Frankenstein – yet, it also is. The actual “monster” of the story isn’t the man who was created, but the creator himself. Still, in contemporary media, when one thinks of “Frankenstein”, they see this green, blockheaded monster that can’t utter a sensible word. Let alone tell a whole story in fluent English. Nothing is less true though: in the novel the creature was a better English speaker than I am! I wonder why contemporary media stuck with this stereotypical monster called Frankenstein?
All in all, Frankenstein was easier to read than I’d thought beforehand. It also definitely has more to it than it just being another horror story!