Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Frankenstein - 100in1001

I finished this book back in January and am just now getting around to writing up my post-read commentary. Pathetic.

Anyway, I was thoroughly impressed and surprised by Frankenstein. I had never really heard much about the novel itself, so the picture I had of Frankenstein is the pop-culture version you see at Halloween time. This couldn't be further from the truth. While the Frankenstein monster (Frankenstein is the scientist who creates the monster!) is definitely not quite human, he isn't the lumbering, green idiot I had previously known him to be. Rather than being a horror movie about a monster simply terrorizing people, Shelley created a lot more depth of both story and characters. Both Frankenstein and his monster are tormented in different ways, and there is a lot of food for thought on what makes us human and our motivations in life. The monster is not evil to begin, he just wants to belong and be loved, and of course can find no one willing to accept his visually unappealing form. Ultimately it is loneliness and rejection that drives the monster to the murders he commits.

In the end I really loved this book, a great horror story with a lot more thrown in.

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