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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Updated on November 12, 2014

Frankenstein - why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein?

Do you love Frankenstein movies? Are you a big Frankenstein movie buff? If, like me you watched those great old movies with Boris Karloff and always felt more sorry for the monster than the mob, then you are a true Frankenstein fan! Now I freely admit I am a lover of all the old Frankenstein films, Boris Karloff, Bavarian castles - all the old spine chilling formulae. but Mary Shelley's Frankenstein was a masterpiece.

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Intro image by Oliver Tadpole. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Vintage Frankenstein Movie

Or spoof horror?

There are so many spoofs of Frankenstein. Every one has their favourite. I loved Mary Shelley's Frankenstein best because of its closeness to the original story, but the vintage films were spoofs of themselves. Everything was so contrived, fantastic, gothic and completely over the top!

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - the truth

How did Mary Shelley come to write Frankenstein?

The movie Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is much closer to the original story! Incidentally, did you know it was Mary who made Shelley famous by promoting his poetry after he died? What triggered Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein? Simply a dare! Frankenstein is a Teenage Fantasy if ever there was one. Just imagine - you are just a teenage girl, home educated, staying in a spooky old building with your poet partner, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the wickedest man in all Europe - Lord Byron. Somebody suggests a ghost story competition and what do you come up with?

After a night scaring each other silly with Gothic nightmares, you write Frankenstein - Or A Modern Prometheus and in doing so, you become even more of an immortal, famous writer than Byron and Shelley, the two most famous poets after Shakespeare!

This all time classic Gothic novel has spawned many, many films, plays and books - some of them serious, some of them funny. Will you be dressing up as Frankenstein's Monster this Halloween?

The Bride of Frankenstein

Unholy Matrimony with the Bride of Frankenstein!

Anyone else feel that the Bride was scarier than the Monster? The only moment I felt like hiding behind the sofa was when she gave her first hiss at poor Frankie! She had such bizarre fashion sense too!

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On the Death of Harriett Westbrooke

A rhyme from the Immortal Bard - Oliver Tadpole that is!

Harriet thought the behaviour smelly

Of Percy Bysshe, the poet Shelley,

Causing her profound despair 'e

Galloped off with clever Mary!

This made Harriet weep and pine

And leap into the Serpentine -

In doing this because of him,

She overlooked the need to swim!

But Mary wept in time, they say,

When he imbibed Lerici Bay!

Did Mary take another look

At Shelley when she wrote her book

About a man, though meaning well,

In point of fact creating Hell?

He lives through her - or her design -

She brought him back as Frankenstein!


Anyone who saw those films, or the modern Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, will see in something oddly childlike in the monster. Think about those "Terrible Twos" you have known in your life, complete with superstore tantrums, make them eight feet tall and scary looking, and you get the idea. The story makes a statement about the death of innocence at the hands of the mob. Innocence is not always safe of course, though we like to think it is. Frankenstein's monster was soothed by the blind man's violin, but the baying of the mob made him fearful and very angry. Terror in someone so large could be nothing other than dangerous and lethal.

The Original Book!

Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus - The 1818 Text
Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus - The 1818 Text

Why is this worth spotlighting? Simply because it triggered the entire Frankenstein industry! Although Mary Shelley continued to write, none of her subsequent work ever quite came up to the standard set by this first novel which outshone the two greatest writers of her day!


Will you watch Frankenstein on Halloween?

Ah, those early Karloff movies! Such classics! Were they scary in their day? As I remember I only hid behind the sofa when the townspeople had their meeting! Poor Frankie....

Do modern spoof films entertain or drive you crazy? - This is the place you can tell us....

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      6 years ago

      I love all Frankenstein movies, my favorite is Hammer's The Curse of Frankenstein. I love them all, serious, spoof or cheap B movie.

      They are always entertaining. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Never got into that type of movie, but I know my daughters and sister did. To each her own!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I just love Boris Karloff movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy. He was always so dramatic in his spookiness. Nothing in the modern gory genre gives me that chill down my spine, like the old ones did. Thanks for an enjoyable lens.

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      8 years ago from New York

      Great lens. Frankenstein is my hero.

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      10 years ago

      Great job! I've read the book and I've seen just about every movie based on it I've found!

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      Rachel Field 

      10 years ago

      Great lens! I remember reading the book and being surprised at how different it was to the story I thought it was.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you :) Big smiles :) [in reply to bdkz]

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      10 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!


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