Believed to be the 1st attempt at science-fiction, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is a Gothic novel that starts off with Dr Victor Frankenstein’s creation of a human turned monster and centers around the occurrences that follow this unnatural event.
- Title: The book was initially titled Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus but the subtitle was removed in later publications. This, in my opinion, has contributed to the misconception of the monster being called ‘Frankenstein’ when it was never named in the book. While the original title and subtitle together referred to Dr Frankenstein’s feat of giving life to an amalgam of body parts, usage of the title alone has led to a popular belief that it refers to the monster. Of course, the adaptations of the novel in the form of movies and plays have played a larger role in doing that.
- Writing Style: Personally, I found the writing style to lack flow. The first 100 pages read like Victor Frankenstein was voicing thoughts as they came. This heavily retarded the pace of the book for me. However, the book begins to gain some pace after the 1st 100 pages with the beginning of the monster’s account.
- Narration: All 3 narrators had the same voice, as pointed out by various critics. This made the book monotonous.
- Characters: While there were really only 2 main characters, the side characters lacked depth and description. It almost felt like they appeared whenever necessary, to carry the book onward but the reader never got to know much about their stories, background or values.
- Themes: Science fiction, Gothic horror, guilt, ambition and its consequences/thirst for glory, the struggle against societal control, the contrast between isolation and society.
- Rating: 1/5 stars
- It took me a long, long while to get through
- Didn’t gain much value from it
- The story wasn’t absorbing at all
- The ending fell short of the buildup of the last 124 pages
- The downfall trope was heavy in Victor Frankenstein’s character
- Uni-dimensional side characters
- No description of the process that breathed life into the monster’s body
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