Books that have film Adaptations · Classic English Literature.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

Shelley was eighteen years old when she wrote this famous book. It has become ingrained in the mentality of those who watch the movie adaptations of the book – the victorious doctor crying aloud ‘ITS ALIVE!’ being the most enduring of cinematic images.

Many readers of the book may sit back and think ‘Is this it?’ when their book lies discarded on the floor. The book has interesting theories about Man’s ability to destroy. It was rather Gothic the way Victor Frankenstein was helpless as his Monster went on a murder spree. The death of the child could certainly symbolize the death of innocence.

Its written in the form of letters and diary entries, and even a section narrated by the Monster himself. This gives rise to the question as to whether any of these are particularly reliable narrators. Still a good book, though. Sometimes the ‘fear’ is not what can be seen, but rather the undercurrents of that fear and the ultimate fear of the Unknown.

MY RATING: **.5 / *****


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