Facts about Frankenstein

[Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1816 and 1817. It was since captured our imaginations, stolen our hearts and kidnapped our children. Below are some things you may not know about the book…]

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That poor bird!  Having to eat liver every day…

The monster commits three murders in the book. Two of the murders were to blackmail Dr. Frankenstein into creating a female mate for the monster. The third was due to an overuse of the phrase, “that’s what SHE said”.

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Frankenstein was written when Mary Shelley was just THREE YEARS OLD! No, not that Mary Shelley… a different one…

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Mary Shelley’s mother was early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who historians agree needed to “dial it back a little”.

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The original title to the work was Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus… although, classical scholars point out that a “modern Prometheus” would probably have a jet-pack or a light saber or something…

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Frankenstein’s message is simple: Be yourself!

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There are a great many differences between Frankenstein, the book and the 1931 movie, starring Boris Karloff. The most glaring difference is that books are printed on paper; whereas, movies were recorded on celluloid…

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Dr. Frankenstein NEVER names his creation. Some say this was due to his disgust at creating a soulless scarred monster. I think it was because he couldn’t decide between the names “Jeffrey” and “Glenn”.

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The book was published anonymously. Understandable, perhaps, but it made book-signings an awkward affair…

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In the book, the creature demands that Victor Frankenstein create for him a wife. If that was impossible, the creature would have accepted someone who was somewhat attractive and knew how to have a good time…

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Frankenstein realizes that his creature is evil and that any mate he creates would be evil and might breed a race of evil creatures that could threaten the world with their evil. So much evil…

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In the book, the creature goes to the North Pole to die. Unable to die of exposure, the creature resolves to live and to renounce the violence that has defined his life. At that very second, he is shot in the back of the head by Santa Claus who does not put up with trespassers…

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The reason none of Shelley’s other novels are as popular as Frankenstein is, to a great extent, due to the novelty of Frankenstein, coupled with the fact that everything else that she wrote sucked…

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