Mary Shelley is one of the most well-known authors of all time, she wrote dozens of short stories, books, and essays. Being a writer was in her blood since her father, William Godwin was a politician and philosopher and her mother was famous writer Mary Wollstonecraft. As a child, she wrote stories for fun and by the age of nineteen, she wrote the one and only Frankenstein, the first science fiction story ever written.
The day the idea for Frankenstein was conceived was written is a pretty interesting tale. One stormy summer night on the banks of Lake Geneva, Lord Byron created a contest between Mary, her future husband Percy Shelley and himself to see who could write the scariest story and I guess you can say the rest is history. For over two centuries, Frankenstein has been the inspiration and basis of various gothic and horror stories with deep meanings that reflect issues in society in different ways.
Mary Shelley is important because she created a universal monster that the world can interpret due to her strong themes of the relationship between Man and God, and right and wrong. Frankenstein’s popularity was spurred by the film adaptation released by Universal Studios in 1931, followed by The Bride of Frankenstein in 1935, which spawned numerous sequels and reboots. The image of Frankenstein made from the big screen is one that is shared through multiple cultures, developing different understandings.
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Frankenstein is a legendary monster that has been embedded in culture through television, film, comic and even cereal brands, and continues to be relevant due to its timeless themes. Recently, the fact that Shelley, a teenage girl, can be credited with penning the first recognized work of science ficiton, has become a selling point for the story, and we’re all for it!
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