Author: Mary Shelley
Summary: Few creature of horror have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The story of victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron’s.
My Rating: 9/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I really, really, really liked this book. A lot. Shelley has the ability to create vivid, gothic imagery in her scenes, which sets up the moon in the story. The way she was able to write her descriptions helped make the story so chilling. The whole story is very elegantly written, it drew me in and I couldn’t put it down, as I waited for the “monster” to appear. I read the beautiful descriptions of the moon looming in the sky while a character contemplated his actions. I think it’s safe to say, everyone knows, or at least has some idea of the story of Frankenstein. Whether it’s been in movies, or other renditions of the books, most know the story, which for me, helped make it a little more suspenseful, as you waited for the first glimpse of Frankenstein's Monster. You knew he was coming, and waiting, to get your first glimpse….. I was very invested in the book, scared; no, but invested. To the point I zoned out everything around me, and jumped at me knocking something down (surprised by the noise). A great sign of an amazing book, that has you so invested you forget the world.
“The Monster” or Frankenstein's Monster is probably my favourite character. I felt so sorry for him, he was a very unique and complex character, and his character really relies on human nature and how humans perceive those who look different then us. I really wish I could say more on why I like Frankenstein's Monster, because he is a murderer, but explaining further will ruin the whole book. But it is what I love best about the story, I will leave it for the readers to figure out, but being able to experience what he experiences, it is easily understandable. It is easy to understand his motives, his need for affection, for companionship, which links us to all humans and their need for that thing. Again it all goes to human nature and how people react to those who are different then us. Whether Shelley meant to do this or not (I think it may have been more to create a horrific monster) I still find it. I think it is suppose to be more of a “horror” story. I think people are supposed to fear Frankensteins Monster, I found I didn’t. I felt sorry for him, and I wanted to see him more (if we saw him murder, instead of being retold of them maybe it would be more scary). But I felt sorry for him, later loved to hate him. He’s one of those “bad guy characters” but you adore (like Dracula, or Snape) them despite that.
My only real criticism of it, is that we didn’t see much of Frankensteins Monster, you knew he was always there somewhere, lurking (which again, is creepy), but I wanted to see more of this character and the horrors he could bring. Other than that, it is a fantastic book.Would I recommend it to read: Oh yes! This is a classic story and a classic horror story at that. It has a thrilling plot, beautiful writing and it’s one of those amazing monster stories everyone, younge and old should read (and being so close to Halloween it is a great time to experience it for the first or second time.)
What to read next: Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.