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Frankenstein: A Gothic Novel You Must Read

There are some books that deserve the hype, the fame and the millions of readers. The Gothic genre is one of the most beloved genres of all time. These books make us feel uncomfortable, afraid, disturbed, sad and even excited. They tap into the supernatural world and tell us some of the best stories ever written. Here is a must read novel from the Gothic genre that most people have heard about:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Reading the book is better than any movie out there. This novel was unique to the early 19th century. What is most amazing about it is that it was written by a woman. The novel is ahead of it's time by envisioning the potential horrors of science and progress. The novel is about a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein, who creates "a monster" out of body parts. The monster comes alive and then goes after Frankenstein, committing monstrosities in the process. The story can be read in many different ways and from different perspectives. Many readers side with Frankenstein and many with The Monster. The story is powerful and moving because it presents readers with a dilemma. The readers are encouraged to think about who is to blame for creating the monster. Is it Frankenstein? Is the monster to blame for his own behaviour? Who holds responsibility? In many ways, the novel expresses the fears of people in the Romantic Period.

*An interesting fact is that most people think Frankenstein is the name of the monster. WRONG! In fact, the monster is unnamed and just called "the monster". Frankenstein is the name of the creator.


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LeaPea2417 wrote on October 31, 2014, 12:32 PM

I read that last year because my then 12th grade son was made to read it in his British Lit class and he had to buy the paper back. So, since we ended up owning the book, I decided to read it. It was interesting to say the least!

Kasman wrote on October 31, 2014, 3:48 PM

This is probably one of the best-known horror stories in the world - not least because of the circumstances of its authorship.

Ellis wrote on October 31, 2014, 5:16 PM

I always felt sorry for the monster...

MegL wrote on November 10, 2014, 3:13 PM

This was a great book to read. It's so long ago now since I read it, probably over 30 years, maybe even more that I have forgotten parts of it, but it definitely was a game-changer! Not many books can say that.