I don’t normally give into hype when I see a movie trailer (looking at you, The Force Awakens), but when I saw the trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe, my interest was piqued. The trailer also conjured fond memories of me reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by flashlight and shivering at the description of the monster.
Although scifi master Brian Aldiss has unequivocally stated that Frankenstein is the first science fiction novel, it’s a bit hard to convince modern audiences of that fact. Frankenstein is much more overtly gothic and romantic than scifi, but upon closer inspection, the scifi elements are definitely there. I’m interested to see how this newest movie version lives up to the scifi element, especially since it’s being billed as scifi horror.
No matter how many movie versions are made, the original novel is highly recommended. It’s not very long and an easy, suspenseful read. Pick this up for a school project or summer reading and your teacher will be very impressed. And for all of you for whom school is but a memory, Frankenstein is a great book to have in your reading repertoire.
As a work in the United States public domain, Frankenstein is available as a free ebook from Project Gutenberg.