Hello lovely people!
Although this blog is generally a place for things I love, every so often something will come up that didn’t impress me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley was one of those somethings.
I read this as part of my challenge for the Classics Club – Frankenstein was one of the classics that I wanted to read. To be honest though, I don’t really understand how it ever gained ‘Classic’ status in the first place. I can only assume that it has to do with the era in which it was first written and read. It was most likely a new idea at that point, and I do understand how the idea of creating a new life form in a lab can capture the imagination. What the book lacked was a story to build around the idea – even though the full book is only around 150 pages, very little seemed to happen and I felt like the story could have been made even shorter. Those 150 pages took me a looong time to get through!
I’m sure everyone knows the basic story of Dr Frankenstein, who creates a ‘monster’ in his lab but then becomes terrified of it. The parts of the book I did quite enjoy were the creature’s narratives. I thought he was a good character and I might have quite enjoyed a book about his journey and thoughts, as they were unique and realistic (or as realistic as a fictional man-made life form can be!). Sadly there was just too much space devoted to Frankenstein and his repetitive and pathetic ramblings. He was a total wet fish, which I don’t generally enjoy in books unless there is a very good reason for them being there (I hated Othello at A-level for this exact reason), and was absolutely horrible to his own creation. I wasn’t keen on him.
I don’t want to dwell too long on things I didn’t like, so this has been a bit of a speed review, but suffice it to say that I found this book boring, really struggled to finish it and definitely wouldn’t recommend! Sorry Mary Shelley.
Please let me know in the comments if I was missing something with Frankenstein! Is it your favourite book and I’m just under-appreciating it? I’d love to hear why.