Friday, October 3, 2008


I am currently reading this

And dying to catch all the movies ever made based on it.

We’ve done Frankenstein for classes at the university, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I was hooked the minute I started reading.

Thank you very much Mandy, for your generosity. I now have three books that I need to read through and through for the end sem exams.

Here is some stuff I found very interesting in the preface of the edition that Mandy was kind enough to lend me:

The destructive consequences of single-minded obsessions are the heart of the story whether it is read as a Gothic tale or religious allegory, science-fiction or moral science parable.

In each case the question posed by the story is, “Where does evil come from?” or, “What is the origin of monstrous behaviour?” These are questions to which we have had to return over and over in the nearly two hundred years since Mary Shelley gave birth to her story and this is why it has such enduring relevance and fascination.

John Mepham
Kingston University

(extract from the Publisher’s Introduction)

And from the author herself:

I busied myself to think of a story – a story to rival those which had excited us to this task. One which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature….I thought and pondered – vainly. I felt that blank incapability of invention which is the greatest misery of authorship, when dull Nothing replies to our anxious invocations. Have you thought of a story? I was asked each morning. And each morning I was forced to reply with a mortifying negative.”

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
London, 15 October 1831

(extract from the Author’s Introduction, on how the whole process of creating Frankenstein began, and why, and how she was able to finally write it)

I can relate to the “dull Nothing” being the biggest obstacle to creative writing. I’ve had it plague me for the longest time. I’ve thrown it out of the window ever since I realized I could.

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