Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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The Uncensored 1818 Edition FRANKENSTEIN; OR, THE MODERN PROMETHEUS, a novel written by the English author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley about the young science student Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.




My thoughts

Forget everything you think know about the story of Frankenstein and his monster because this is nothing like what you’ll expect it to be….it was nothing like I expected it to be.  I thought I’d be getting a horror movie in a book and what I actually got was something far more genteel.  In some ways I’m glad I didn’t get blood, guts and gore as I don’t like horror movies etc but I thought I might be a little scared or apprehensive but nope, nothing.

I found Victor to be a very highly strung character and somewhat annoying, which didn’t help me to feel sympathetic towards him in his tortured moments (mentally that is….remember no real blood and guts here).  I mean….he creates this ‘monster’, the act of which is skirted over (probably wise considering the era and the questions that in itself would raise) and then proceeds to let it loose and abandon it because it was horrifcally ugly and larger than a normal human….what the hell did he expect? What did he think he was doing and what the result was going to be from procurring body parts from a cemetery?  It was never going to Miss World! 😉

Don’t get me wrong, it does have that dark gothic Interview with a Vampire hiding in shadows feel to it and the language although very of its time is easier to follow than I anticpated but unfortunately it just doesn’t live up to the hype that the movie makers have made of it.  I do appreciate that this isn’t the fault of the book but nonetheless it disappointed me.

Overall my sympathies lay with the monster, this eloquently spoken horrific being who at the end of the day just wanted a friend, a mate of his own kind and isn’t that just what any of us wants!

What did you think of this book? Is there anyone else who hasn’t read it?

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Talk of the Town



  1. 15th November 2016 / 8:39 am

    Reading’s so subjective, isn’t it? I loved the book and thought it much better than the films. Of course, they’re so totally different you can’t really compare them. It’s a tragedy rather than horror story. Victor’s ruthless ambition rides roughshod over everyone around him, and then he shirks his responsibility for the chaos he’s created. Like you, my sympathies lay with the poor monster. I think perhaps it’s a salutary tale of the dangers of ruthless personal ambition.

    • 20th November 2016 / 10:00 am

      That’s an excellent way of describing the book. I thank you for your well thought out comment 🙂

  2. 16th November 2016 / 7:30 pm

    I’ve not read it. It’s one of those books I’ve always meant to read but never got round to.

    • 20th November 2016 / 9:54 am

      I have so many of those too and I find it harder to pick up those labelled as ‘classics’ as I tend to assume it’ll be long and hard going.

  3. 18th November 2016 / 1:54 pm

    As I scare easily, I am happy to hear this one has no guts and no real horror. This might help me give it a chance when I’ll be looking for something out of my usual genres!

    • 20th November 2016 / 9:52 am

      That was my reason for reading it, stepping out of my comfort zone but sometimes that’s just overrated! 😉

  4. suzanna
    19th November 2016 / 10:21 pm

    Ooh this one is not for me. Didn’t watch the films either. Even without the horror it’s still a pretty tragic story.

  5. 20th November 2016 / 9:12 am

    I haven’t read Frankenstein for years – the last time was part of a module on the Gothic in my second year at university, so very little has stuck with me. Have you heard the old gag:

    Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein wasn’t the monster
    Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein *was* the monster


    • 20th November 2016 / 9:47 am

      I hadn’t heard of this phrase, so thanks for that. It sums up the book perfectly!

  6. 20th November 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I haven’t Lindsay. I’ll give this one a miss.

    I love the diversity of your reviews.

    • 24th November 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Thanks Shaz; I didn’t think this one would be up your street 🙂

  7. RaisieBay
    22nd November 2016 / 3:51 pm

    I’ve read it as part of a course and I actually enjoyed it despite it being nothing like the old horror movies. I too had sympathy for the monster rather than the horrid Frankenstein.

    • 24th November 2016 / 8:29 pm

      If I hadn’t had certain expectations I probably would’ve enjoyed it a little more. You’re right, Frankenstein was an awful character, with no real redeemable qualities!
      Thanks for visiting and commenting 🙂

  8. 24th November 2016 / 1:29 pm

    I am already scared by looking at the cover – definitely not my sort of book. I enjoyed your review though, Lindsay. Thank you for linking up to #TalkoftheTown

  9. 26th November 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I don’t read classics much. This is something I haven’t read. I find it interesting that it wasn’t as much horror as it was about a person who is lonely. Great review!

  10. 28th November 2016 / 9:07 pm

    I don’t either really but just fancied something out of my comfort zone.
    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment 🙂

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