Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic horror tale “Frankenstein” celebrates 200 years of life in this, the year of our Lord, 2018. It is arguably one of the most important literary works of the past two centuries, and led to the creation of one of the world’s most beloved movie monsters, thanks to a very different interpretation by Universal Pictures and legendary horror actor Boris Karloff.
Earlier this year, I published Feeding or Fighting the Monster Within: The True Message of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’. If you haven’t read it yet, I would of course love for you to do so, as I personally feel this is one of the best posts on my blog. The Frankenstein Monster we know from films is very different from the one Mary Shelley created in her book, and in this post, I explore those differences and take a very real-world look at this polarizing Creature, and discuss why one version deserves our sympathy, while the other does not.
Being a very visual, book-type learner, I’m not someone who enjoys listening to things like audio books or podcasts — especially when they’re clocking in at a full hour of listening time. I much prefer to read words on a page than listen to someone speaking them. But when I saw a BBC audio program called “Frankenstein Lives!”, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, I decided to give it a try.
Cultural historian and writer Christopher Frayling is the presenter, and honestly his voice is quite easy and pleasant to listen to. This is a full hour long, but if you’re into audio programs, you’ve ever been a fan of classic horror, or you’re just curious about this Monster phenomenon in general, I think you might enjoy this also.
The history of Frankenstein’s creation is fascinating, both in literary and cinematic forms. If you want a deeper dive into the moral and ethical implications of the book, please check out my previous post. And if you have an hour of boring, menial tasks to accomplish today, and you want something interesting to listen to, pop on over to BBC Radio 4 and let Christopher Frayling explain why 200 years later, Frankenstein still lives.
Until next time, unpleasant dreams . . .