My apologies but this review is oing to be a bit frantic due to my brain being so oxygen starved by the novel s breath stealing Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) gorgeousness that I m feeling a bit light headed So please forgive the random thoughtsFirst Mary ShelleyI love youSecond Dear Hollywood you lying dung pile of literature savaging no talent hacksyouot this all I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe If I cannot satisfy the one I will indulge the other From the 1994 movieThe worst thing about this novel is how distorted it has become by constant movie adaptations and misinformed ideas about the nature of Frankenstein and his monster For years like many others I thought Frankenstein was the name of that slightly Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow green dude with the bolts in his neck Nuh uhDid Frankenstein scare me Did it have me staying awake and sleeping with the light on jumping at every slight creak in the house Was I terrified of the monster and technology and the dangers of playing God No Because the beauty of this story is that it isn t the one so many people think it is Which is almost my favourite thing about it This book is not a Halloween kind of story with Halloween kind of monsters This story is heartbreakingly sad once I falsely hoped to meet the beings who pardoning my outward form would love me for the excellent ualities which I was capable of unfolding The book offers many interesting avenues of philosophical exploration if one wishes to ponder such things For example allusions to religion and Genesis possible criticisms of using science to play God and the relationship between creator and creation All of these things interest me yes but it is the painfully human part of this book that has always so deeply affected me Because the sad thing the really sad thing is that pretty much everyone has heard of Frankenstein s monster but so many don t know how human the character is Created as a scientific experiment by an overly ambitious man he comes into a frightening and hostile world that immediately rejects him on sight Even the man who made him cannot look upon his creation without feeling horror It s that same thing thatets me in books every time things could have been so different If people had just been a little less judgmental a little less scared and a little understanding This being created from different parts of corpses seeks love and finds hatred so he instead decides to embrace it Fuelled by his own rage at the unfairness of the world he radually turns towards evil He belongs in my own little mental category with the likes of Heathcliff and Erik aka The Phantom of the Opera Scared angry villains who were made so by their own unfortunate circumstances The kind of characters you simultaneously hate and love but most of all hope they find some kind of peaceSo call it science fiction if you want Call it horror if you must But this story is brimming with some of the most realistic and almost unbearably moving human emotion that I have ever readBlog Leafmarks Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr Some books teach you something new each time you revisit them I picked up the tragically wonderful Frankenstein for a fourth time this week and I was totally mesmerised by the descriptive language used to describe the natural world In all my previous readings I focused on all the classic tropes of man and monster though I never considered the importance of the serene beauty that surrounds the story The natural world dominates the background of the novel It s there like a pervading monster that lingers in the darkest reaches of the mind What struck me most about it was the fact that both Victor and his creation long for a real life a life where one is truly alive And they both
PONDER WHAT THIS MEANS AT LENGTH what this means at length the same conclusion to o completely nomad They both wish to live a life free of burden and complications no money no commitments and no responsibility They just want to be totally free in the wilderness with the ultimate Norte: A Novel goal of finding happiness by looking after their most immediate and natural desires And for me this says areat deal about society not just the society in which this was written but society in eneral how many of us feel truly alive Original Review Let s have a party Victor Let s et together and celebrate all things Gothic and dark and wonderful
Let S Have Its have it an attic in an old house in the middle of a thunderstorm and then afterwards let s Mi karma y yo go to theraveyard with our shovels and our body bags Sounds Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved good doesn t it Victor We could then create our own doppelg ngers from the corpses of criminals andeniuses Then we can abandon our marvellous creation to fend for itself with his childlike innocence and then wonder why it The Prime Minister of Paradise goes so horribly wrong and blows up in our faces AhhVictor you silly brilliant man On second thought we probably shouldn t have that party Because if we did it would end in blood Yes lots of blood the blood of everyone you love the blood of all your family Victor You blame the monster but you are his creator You should have taught him the ways of the world anduided his first steps The things you two could have accomplished together So I ask you this Victor who is the real monster Is it the creature that has one on a murderous rampage or it you You are the man
WHO PLAYED AT GOD AND WASplayed at od and was at the conseuence You judged your creation by his physical appearance which was a reflection of your vain soul AhhVictor you silly brilliant man Surely you don t wonder why the monster revenged himself upon you I ought to be thy Adam but I am rather the fallen angel Indeed the real monster of this novel is Victor Frankenstein and not his monstrous creation The creature is a monster on the outside but Victor is on the inside which is a form much worse By abandoning the creature he has taught him to become what his appearance is The first human experience he receives is rejection based upon his physicality His own creator recoils. Shelley's classic hints in part at the possible dangers inherent in the pursuit of pure For my next college boyfriend not penning the reat English classic Kudos to Mary for thatOtherwise I can t think of anything to admire in this book apart from the fact that it s the only book in my reading history where I actually noted EVERY SINGLE PAGE NUMBER and mentally counted down the time I d be finishedWhy did I persist you may ask Well at the point where the pain became mind numbing I decided to channel my inner John McCain and just survive the torture Figured it would make me a better stronger reader Might even make me enjoy a re read of Breaking Dawnwell no it wouldn t but you et the idea Frankenstein is a classic alright A classic melodrama Complete with a wimpy vaporish trembling prima donna main character and a pseudo monster whose only sin is being uglier then Bernie Madoff in cell block D After the upteenth tremblejerkgaspfaintstart from our mad scientist Victor Frankenstein I could only sign in relief that he wasn t a Rabbi about to perform a bris circumcism oy veyWere we supposed to be outraged at the monster s killing spree By the books end I was merely miffed that the creature murdered the wrong Frankenstein sibling He would have saved himself a ood deal of traveling and saved me a ood deal of suffering had he snuffed out his maker before he could high tail it out of the birthing roomI m sure that the fans of this book will say that I didn t understand the deeper symbolic nuances of this book and I m sure that they are right At this point in my life all I know is what I like and don t like in a book and as far as I m concerned this book is unadulterated mind numbing crap But that s just me Your mileage will vary as I sincerely hope it does As for my own mileage it can best be compared to driving a Ford Pinto in the Indy 500EDITDue to the efforts of a few Kool ade drinking trolls who have otten their big irlbig boy panties in a wad over an almost 200 year old book and can t comment nicely on my review I am suspending all future commentsDon t like it Blame the navel Dark Passage grazing trolls for not accepting the concept of a PERSONAL OPINION It s been fifty years since I had read Frankenstein and now after a recent second reading I am pleased to know that the pleasures of that first reading have been revived Once again just as it was in my teens I was thrilled by the firstlimpse of the immense figure of the monster driving his sled across the arctic ice and marveled at the artful use of narrative frames within frame each subseuent frame leading us closer to the heart of the novel until we hear the alienated yet articulate voice of the creature himself In addition I admired the eually artful way the novel moves backward through the same frames until we again reach the arctic landscape which is the scene of the novel s beginningand its endThis time through I was particularly struck with how Mary must have been influenced by the novels of her father The relentless hounding of one man by another who feels his life has been poisoned by that man s irresponsible curiosity is a theme taken straight out of Godwin s Caleb Williams and the cautionary account of a monomaniac who American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare gradually deprives himself of the satisfactions of family friends and love in pursuit of an intellectual ideal is reminiscent of the alchemist of St Leon Her prose also is like her father s in her ability to make delicate philosophical distinctions and express abstract ideas but she is a much better writer than he her sentences are elegant and disciplined and her descriptive details aptly chosen and her scenes effectively realizedThe conclusion of the novel seems hasty and incomplete but perhaps that is because the concept of Frankenstein is so revolutionary that no conclusion could have seemed satisfactory At any rate this fine novel hasiven birth to a host of descendants and unlike Victor Frankenstein is a worthy parent of its many diverse creations Don t et why everyone spends so much time talking about the theme of science versus nature and how this is the world s first science fiction novel when clearly this is the world s pre eminent text on the subject of the dire conseuences of procrastinationBut whateverThis book rulesFirst off it s very funny to imagine old timey 1800s people being scared by this It s in the same vein as thinking of that urban legend about the people who watched the first movie screaming
when the train races toward them AAAAAH I AM IN A THEATER BUT I M ABOUT TO GET HITthe train races toward them AAAAAH I AM IN A THEATER BUT I M ABOUT TO GET HIT A TRAIN HERE IT COMES TELL MY WIFE I LOVE HER I highly recommend reading it through that lens Just thinking about that original audience who thought this was a horror Oh my stars A creature of most unholy origin I daren t think of it IdiotsAgain I digressThis is so beautifully written It really forces you to slow down and take the story in just so you don t miss a orgeous line which in turn makes you appreciate how many reat and beautifully executed themes there are at playCount me impressedBut again I m mostly just thinkin bout how relatable Frankenstein isAnd also the fact that I can Finally I can be one of those assholes who s like Frankenstein is the SCIENTIST not the
monster I m living the dreamBottom line This is nonstop funI
M Living The DreamBottomliving the dreamBottom This is nonstop fun everyone should have read read it currently reading updatescan already relate to vict The anecdote is legendary Mary Shelley a teenager at the time was spending a vacation in Switzerland with her fianc Percy Shelley their mutual friend Lord Byron and a few other people Was the weather loomy that summer of 1816 Were the companions bored to death For amusement one evening they challenged each other into writing the scariest host story they could come up with No one remembers what the fellows wrote on that occasion Everyone has at least heard of the creation of the young woman and the misfortunes of Victor FrankensteinSince then and mainly since the invention of cinema a few decades later what was only meant to be a chilling yet entertaining story rose to the dimensions of a myth So muc. Monster Disturbing and profoundly moving Frankenstein has become part of our own mytholo.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley í 2 ReviewIn disgust from him He cannot be blamed for his actions if all he has been taught is negative emotion he will only respond in one way He is innocent and childlike but also a savage brute These are two things that should never be put together Woe to Victor Frankenstein s family There is love in me the likes of which you ve never seen There is rage in me the likes of which should never escape If I am not satisfied in the one I will indulge the other Mary Shelley raises uestions of the danger of knowledge and shows a probable conseuence of trying to play od the novel portrays nineteen century fears for the rising field of science and knowledge and uestions how far it could o Indeed in this case Victor takes on the role of a God by creating new life She also shows us what can happen to a man if he so driven by this thirst for knowledge and how it will ultimately lead to a fall Victor reminds me somewhat of Doctor Faustus The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus in this regard Faustus is a man who sold his soul to Lucifer for unlimited knowledge in the form of arcane magic Victor like Faustus has stopped at nothing to ain his Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride goal but in the end is ultimately dissatisfied with the result Suffice to say I simply adore this book as you may haveathered from my ramblings I think this alongside Dracula are amongst the strongest representations of Gothic literature Further I have a real soft spot for epistolary means of storytelling I m not sure why perhaps it s the stronger sense of intimacy you fell with the characters as you see their words on the page rather than an impartial narrators You see inside their heads and understand their motifs and feelings My favourite uote This was then the reward of my benevolence I had saved a human being from destruction and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone The feelings of kindness and The Pleasant Light of Day gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments beforeave place to hellish rage and The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes: The Prescription for a Lifetime of Great Health gnashing of teeth Inflamed by pain I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind Listen to the passion to the intellect and witness such a wasted opportunity Victor you re a silly silly manYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree This was awesome I listened to an audiobook on YouTube as it is under the public domain You can find it here It was REREAD UPDATE September 2018One of my bookclubs Click to check out Reading List Completists is reading this for September 2018 I figure it was aood time for a reread since it was one of my favorites and it has been over 20 years since I read it I did enjoy it again this time and it stands up to the 5 star review and designation of classic There were a few slow parts mainly when Dr Frankenstein would stop the narrative to wax poetical about something but not enough t take a way from my overall enjoymentI still recommend this for everyone and be sure to check out my full original review belowORIGINAL REVIEWThis is definitely one of my favorite books I was reuired to read in High School Also it is my favorite of the classic horror novels It is perfectly written suspenseful and is a bit thought provoking than scary One of the best ways I can compare it to other classic horror novels is to Dracula which I read recently Dracula has so much repetitive filler that you do not find in Frankenstein which is the main reason I find Frankenstein to be a enjoyable bookAlso I would say that this is a novel of the human condition than an actual horror novel Some terrifying things happen but it is the monster within all of us that may end up being terrifying Funny side story when I read this in High School it was around the same time that the Kenneth Branaugh adaptation came out at the theaters We were all encouraged to o see it and found
IT PRETTY CLOSE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL WHAT WASpretty close to the source material What was was
THAT TIME MAGAZINE HAD A REVIEW OF THE MOVIETime Magazine had a review of the movie it as untrue to the source material and how disappointed Shelley would be that the Boris Karlovian depiction of a lurching flattop monster with bolts in its neck was ignored for a serious drama movie WHAT Time Magazine for oodness sakes published an article that claims to know the content of the book but is completely wrong and does it while bashing a movie that did a pretty ood job with it I mean it it is okay if you prefer the old time movie version of Frankenstein and it is a classic but to make definitive statements that are completely wrong in what is supposed to be a well thought of publication not your typical tabloid supermarket checkout fodder that is just too muchWe need a copy editor over here SoI finished itWarningIf you are a fan of classic literature andor are utterly devoid of a sense of humor this review may not be for youAlsoYes I realize that I m a moron with zero literary credibility So stop reading right now if the sound of an idiot whistling out of their asshole bothers you too terribly Sure you can comment below and tell me how stupid I "am but it probably won t make me a better person " but it probably won t make me a better person will it I ve always wondered what the real Frankenstein story was likeand now I knowSadly sometimes the fantasy is better than the realityAnd the reality is this book is a big steaming pile of pooIt s an old timey horror story rightNot so muchI mean I wasn t expecting it to actually No stars That s right Zero zip nadaIt s been almost 30 years since I ve detested a book this much I didn t think anything could be worse then Kafka s The Metamorphosis Seems I m never too old to be wrong This time I don t have the excuse that I was forced to read this for high school lit class Oh no this time I read this of my own volition and for fun Yeah fun Kinda like sticking bamboo shoots between my fingernails type of fun Watching paint dry fun Going to an Air Supply concert funOK to be fair I need to tell you what I liked about thisWell Mary Shelley was a teen when she wrote this Color me impressed At 19 I was just looking. Cience; it also portrays the injustice of a society which persecutes outcasts such as the.