The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. With the author's own 1831 introduction. Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel's enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron's. "We will each write a story," Byron announced to his next-door neighbors, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley. The friends were summering on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1816, Shelley still unknown as a poet and Byron writing the third canto of Childe Harold. When continued rains kept them confined indoors, all agreed to Byron's proposal. The illustrious poets failed to complete their ghost stories, but Mary Shelley rose supremely to the challenge. With Frankenstein, she succeeded admirably in the task she set for herself: to create a story that, in her own words, "would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror -- one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart."
"Graphic adaptations of classic literature are a mainstay for reluctant readers, and this installment in the Graphic Revolve series aims to introduce Shelley's Frankenstein. The story follows the basic structure of the original, beginning in the Arctic wastes where Robert Walton discovers Dr. Frankenstein in pursuit of the monster. From there the story moves at a fast clip, zipping through major plot points and introducing as many characters as possible. The comic book-style artwork is grim and shadowy, with figures peering out from expanses of black, befitting the gothic atmosphere. At times the pace is a bit too speedy, sacrificing the suspense and tension that make Shelley's story so spooky. While, at fewer than 100 pages, there's plenty left out, youngsters eager to learn about the green-skinned, bolt-necked monster (a misconception clarified in the opening pages) without picking up the novel will find enough of the bare bones of the story to get a tantalizing taste, which may lead them to more comprehensive versions. Common Core-related back matter provides some curriculum help, as well.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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