Wednesday, 23 May 2007

Dr Frankenstein's Creature

Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelly in 1818 . The fact that it was a woman who wrote this story is not surprising in the 21st century, but at that time it was not very common for women to publish books.

Do you want to know why she wrote it? Her husband was a poet and they had travelled to Switzerland to spend their holidays together with another English poet called Byron. The weather was awfully cold, it snowed a lot and there were frequent storms. It was impossible to go hiking and, you know, it was the early nineteenth century: no TV, no internet, no phones, no radio, no CD players; they had to find some amusement. Byron came up with this idea: a scary story contest. That's how Dr Frankenstein' creature was born.

Lots of films based on Mary Shelly's story have been made. I've seen these ones:

1931 Boris Karloff as the creature (Don't think I was alive in 1931!)

1994 Robert De Niro as the monster

A comedy, Young Frankenstein directed by Mel Brooks, 1974

What do you think? What's the most frightening story you have ever read or seen?

Images by: TimmyGUNZ and Neato Coolville on flickr


Anonymous said...

the story of frankestein is very interesting and dracula also!!! priscila

Anonymous said...

this post about frankestain has a lot of interesting information!i like it!!