“At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.”
Well, this story was horrible for all of the characters involved.
Frankenstein is one of the few novels I have read four times. It is a book I like to revisit. It is comfortable and I know what to expect. To me it is a literary version of slipping into your favourite trainers or jeans. I think everyone has a book like that. In my case, I have several.
Frankenstein is a beautiful piece of horror fiction. It is so filled with atmosphere that you can practically feel the cold in the air when it is described. The same applies to the characters, you feel their desperation and sometimes it is near impossible to take sides because you can clearly see where they are all coming from.
This book contains one of my all-time favourite book characters, Victor Frankenstein. Yes, he is a bit of a monster that left his creation behind, but it is still hard to hate him. At the start of the novel Victor is brilliant. He is bright and creative. He has an interest in alchemy and when he starts university he is basically told to only read the set text, don’t question or explore things, and I think any creative person has been on the receiving end of that. It makes him a very relatable character. Even when he is horrified by his creation and flees from it, you know he is just a 19 year old who accidentally built a monster and acting in a very relatable way. Yes, he is bad for leaving Adam but he is just a idiot who ends up losing everything because he was stubborn and thought it was a good idea to build a monster in his student accommodation.
The monster himself is a fantastic villain. He is tormented and the book even has a chapter or two told in his point of view. It would have been easy to just make the monster a monster but instead there is time given to explore his feelings and motivations. It also makes him relatable some ways or at least in a way that you understand where he is coming from. Yes, he is completely insane and on a murder rampage, but at least you know exactly why.
I think Frankenstein is a book that everyone should read at least once. Language wise, it is a little more difficult than Dracula as it can be wordy and it is little older. If you are used to Victorian English you will be fine. If not, I suggest finding it on audiobook. That can make things a little easier.
- Victor = Cool
- Dripping in atmosphere
- A bad time for Victor
- A bad time for The Monster
- A bad time for The Bride
- A great time for readers 😉