So today I thought we’d veer a little away from traditional Vampires and Werewolves, even though we love them so much. I’m even veering from a book like Dracula to go into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (which spell check helps me write pretty much every time).
The Book Itself
The story itself is read in a lot of high schools and has become pretty familiar. A mad scientist knits together corpses and, through some unknown bit of science, shocks them to life. Nerd fact: Frankenstein is the name of the scientist, NOT the monster. Once alive, the monster escapes and tries to live his own life. The Creature (or the monster) lives in the woods and falls in love with a family in the nearby cottage. He learns to speak and to read. Then, in a fit of rage, he burns the cottage to the ground.
Heartbroken, the Creature returns to Frankenstein and demands a female Creature to keep him company. In the end, Frankenstein doesn’t make the girl monster, and the Creature ends up killing Frankenstein’s best friend and new bride. It’s a mess. Frankenstein dies and the Creature flees into the North Pole and is never heard from again. Dun Dun Dun… if Shelley were alive, this would be a great opener for book 2. Alas, it never happens.
If you want more info, the wikipedia page is here.
The Monster We Love To Hate
Like Dracula and other old paranormal texts, Frankenstein has captured the hearts of the people since it’s publication in the 1820s. Stories of Frankenstein’s monster have been told and retold across the world. This idea of creating life is an alluring one, and real life scientists chase it today.
Mary Shelley weaves a brilliant tale of emotion and loss and the very fight for survival. Personally, I think it’s this fight that draws us to the story. The Creature isn’t a terrible person, excepting his fits of rage. We’ve all done things we regret, his just happen to be larger than life. And his desperate cry for a mate is something that echoes in our own hearts. We want someone to love that is like us and loves us completely despite our faults. In the end, we fight hard for our survival and our right to love. That’s what Shelley’s Creature does, it’s just Larger Than Life.
Find the Story
If you want, you can read Frankenstein for eReaders via Amazon. There’s a couple different movie versions, but this DVD version has Robert Di Nero or I Frankenstein is the latest redoing of the story. I haven’t seen the original movie, but the new one is pretty awesome :).