This week, Somer invites your ire as she both describes her dislike for Mary Shelley’s classic, Frankenstein, and insists that you read it if you have not. Her sadistic side maybe?
In this episode, I talk about two books. Frankenstein, of course, but we’ll get to that in a second. Let’s first highlight the biography on Mary Shelley that inspired all of this, because if I hadn’t been so thoroughly romanced by the biography, I might never have featured Frankenstein in the podcast. Mary Shelley, by Miranda Seymour is the biography and I cannot recommend it enough. Mary Shelley had the extreme pleasure (and maybe bad luck) to be the child of two very influential writers of their time and she had a lot of expectations put on her because of her parentage. She also made friends with some of the most fabulous writers of her time. And let’s not forget to mention that whole Percy Bysshe Shelley thing (he doesn’t end up looking so good in this). Look it up! As I mention in the show, you can still get this book on Amazon, but I was able to read it by going to my local library! For real, folks, biographies can be really expensive. Libraries are a great way to get that reading fix!
There’s my personal copy of Frankenstein…and my wrist. Provocative, I know. Even though it will never be my favorite, I highly recommend you read this book before you skip out on this whole life thing. You’ll be better for it, I promise.
Here’s the IMDB page that shows all of the cinematic versions of Frankenstein. I see that there was a short made in 1910! These are always fun watches and as someone who isn’t generally a fan of the risen dead, I’ve always been a huge fan of Frankenstein on the screen. Seriously, check out the Hammer ones. They go for a really unique look for the creature and I’m a Peter Cushing fangirl for life.