Frankenstein's monster is one of the best-known horror characters of all time. Ms. Shelley published her first edition of the now-classic novel in 1818 under the name "Anonymous" and the 500 copies that were printed, sold out. The public believed that ms. Shelley's husband, English poet Percy Shelley, to be the author. In 1823, ms. Shelley published a new edition of the book under her real name. Another edition in 1831 included Shelley’s explanation about how the story came to be. This version is the one modern readers are the most familiar with today.
The film world has created more than 60 movies or shorts on the theme of Frankenstein. Edison Studios produced the very first film version, Frankenstein, in 1910. If you haven't seen this silent film, I can highly recommend it. I look forward to watching it every Halloween.
Now, for the fun Frankenstein facts I promised you yesterday.
1. You might think that Shelley's Frankenstein is purely a science-fiction novel, but it also contains elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement.
2. Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she first started writing her book. It was published the year she turned 20.
3. It is believed that the plot for Frankenstein's Monster came from a dream she had about a scientist who created life.
4. Shelley said that the name Frankenstein came to her in a dream but in Germany, there is a Castle Frankenstein which she may have visited.
5. In the novel, the Frankenstein's monster isn't given a name.but is referred to only as 'creature', 'monster', 'fiend', 'wretch', 'vile insect'. 'demon', 'being', and 'it'. Frankenstein is, of course, the doctor who created the monster.
6. During the telling of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley refers to the monster as "Adam." She was referring to the first man in the Garden of Eden.
7. The earliest use of the term "Frankenstein food" to refer to genetically-modified food was in 1989.
8. Mary’s and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s manuscripts for the first three-volume edition in 1818 (written 1816–1817), as well as Mary Shelley’s fair copy for her publisher, are now housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England
If you're looking for a few creative ways to celebrate Frankenstein Friday, here are a few excellent suggestions.
Watch one the many versions of the Frankenstein movie, read the book, have your kids draw their version of the monster (or try it yourself), bake cookies in the monster's shape, or host a Frankenstein party and give away a prize for the best Frankenstein costume and impersonation.
That does it for me this week. I'll be back again on Monday with more blogs and more Halloween fun! Whatever your plans are this weekend, please stay safe and I'll see you here soon.