October 31, 2018

A Bicentennial Celebration of Frankenstein


This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which she wrote at just 18 after a group of friends challenged each other to a ghost story writing contest... because what else can you do when it's non-stop horrible weather in the middle of Geneva? Frankenstein has been a hugely influential book to the science fiction genre--arguably by many, as the first book of its kind. And the story still has the power to form our thoughts around questions surrounding life and science. Not only is the book fascinating, but also the history behind how the book was written, and Mary Shelley's own life (which just so happens was recently adapted into a film recently, which I recommend). Since its publications, its gone on to be immensely popular and has manifested itself into plays, films, and books. Here are just a handful of my own tales of Frankenstein, and if you have others you recommend, please share them in the comments below for me to check out!


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein bringing to life a dead corpse and all the ensuing inner turmoil and consequences he has to wrestle with for trying to play god. The book brings about questions surrounding issues of modern science and life that are just as applicable as today as they were for Shelly's time period too. The book is so beautifully and well written (and I might add by an 18 year old none-the-less), and ought to be a must read for all. 


Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey tells both the story of Mary Shelley's life as well as what events led to inspiring her to write Frankenstein at such a young age. The illustrations are just absolutely beautiful in this one--and personally, more so than the style of writing the book--but so worth having on your shelf for artwork alone.


She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lynn Fulton. Fulton focuses on telling the story of how Mary Shelley came up with the story of Frankenstein and the importance of women gaining their voice in the literary world as writers on equal caliber as their male counterparts. The illustrations are just too charming to resit too! 


Frankencrayon by Michael Hall. The crayon towns folks prepare to tell the story of Frankenstein when an ugly scribble appears and Frankencrayon is the only one who sees the beauty in its ugliness. 


Frankenstein: An Anatomy Primer by Jennifer Adams is an adorable board book to introduce both the general story of Frankenstein while teaching basic body parts (head, legs, arms, etc.) to your baby. 


Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody on Ludwig Bemelmans story of Madeline. Instead of two straight lines with the smallest in them being Madeline, this is the story of the ugliest creature in the monstrous crooked line--Frankenstein. If you're a fan of both Madeline and Frankenstein, you'll get a laugh over this comedic tale. 

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