Facts and Fiction of Frankenstein
Mary Shelly’s famous science fiction "Frankenstein" has influenced literature and popular culture for atleast 100 years and inspired plays, stories, novels, TV programme and more than forty movies.
Amazing Facts About Frankenstein
1. Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley, the wife of the English romantic poet P B Shelly.
2. Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein when she was eighteen and the novel was published when she was nineteen only. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France.
3. Frankenstein is considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Frankenstein is enormously important as a prototype for science fiction and as an early feminist work. culture
4. The fiction was also a warning against the expansion of modern man in the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus.
5. The researchers are of opinion that the author was under many influences during the creation of the novel. She had traveled the region in which the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and such other occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions.
6. Mary is likely to have acquired some ideas for Frankenstein’s character from Humphry Davy’s book Elements of Chemical Philosophy in which he had written that “science has…bestowed upon man powers which may be called creative; which have enabled him to change and modify the beings around him…”.
7. Shelley maintained that she derived the name “Frankenstein” from a dream-vision. Despite her public claims of originality, the significance of the name has been a source of speculation… More recently, Radu Florescu, in his book In Search of Frankenstein, argued that Mary and Percy Shelley visited Castle Frankenstein on their way to Switzerland, near Darmstadt along the Rhine, where a notorious alchemist named Konrad Dippel had experimented with human bodies, but that Mary suppressed mentioning this visit, to maintain her public claim of originality. However, this theory is not without critics; Frankenstein expert Leonard Wolf calls it an “unconvincing…conspiracy theory.
8. As depicted by Shelley, Frankenstein is a sensitive, emotional creature whose only aim is to share his life with another sentient being like himself. The novel portrays him as immensely intelligent and literate, having read Milton’s Paradise Lost,Plutarch’s Lives, and The Sorrows of Young Werther. He is driven by despair and loneliness to acts of cruelty and murder.
9. The book owes much to discussions of the time regarding the scientific work of Erasmus Darwin and to theories of spontaneous generation and the power of electricity, and is thus also an early science-fiction story. In her introduction Mary Shelley writes of the possibility that a corpse might be reanimated.
10. From the moment it was published in 1818, Frankenstein, a classic horror story, has had an influence across literature and popular culture. It has been enormously popular and continuously in print in many languages. The story has inspired plays, poems, parodies as well as other stories, novels, and more than 40 movies.
11. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and the famous character of Frankenstein’s monster have influenced popular culture for at least 100 years. The work has inspired numerous films, television programs, video games and derivative works. The character of the monster remains one of the most recognized icons in horror fiction.
12. In 1910, Edison Studios released the first motion-picture adaptation of Shelley’s story Frankenstein.
13. Later in 1931 Frankenstein becomes famous as a Pre-Code horror film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley. In the 1931 film, the creature begins completely mute except for grunts and growls, and slowly learns crude English :”Love dead. Hate life!”
14. The film begins with Edward Van Sloan stepping from behind a curtain and delivering a “friendly warning” before the opening credits:“We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation – life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even – horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now is your chance to – uh, well, we warned you.”
15. Frankenstein received universal acclaim from critics and is widely regarded as one of the greatest movies of all time. Frankenstein also received recognition from the American Film Institute. It was named the 87th greatest movie of all time on 100 Years… 100 Movies.
16. The world’s most valuable movie poster is the full color 1931 Frankenstein 6-sheet which is currently owned by Stephen Fishler, a NY poster collector. It is the only copy known to exist and is worth at least $600,000 US.
17. After bringing the monster to life, Dr. Frankenstein uttered the famous line, “Now I know what it’s like to BE God!” The movie was originally released with this line of dialogue, but when it was re-released in the late ’30s, censors demanded it be removed on the grounds that it was blasphemy.
18. The monster make-up design by Jack P. Pierce is under copyright to Universal through the year 2026, and licensed by Universal Studios .
19. Frankenstein is the first film to use the famous Castle Thunder sound effect.
20. The monster has often been mistakenly called “Frankenstein.” In 1908 one author said “It is strange to note how well-nigh universally the term “Frankenstein” is misused, even by intelligent people, as describing some hideous monster…”….After the release of James Whale’s popular 1931 film Frankenstein, the public at large began speaking of the monster itself as “Frankenstein.”
21. Science fiction author Isaac Asimov coined the term Frankenstein complex for the fear of robots.
22. In 2006, the book ‘The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived’ listed Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster.
23. The hit song China in Your Hand by the British rock band T’Pau employs the story of Frankenstein, and Mary Shelley’s writing of it, in its role as a classic cautionary tale.
24. Frankenstein’s popularity is partly because it is the first modern myth that used science to release the monster. Frankenstein is sometimes compared with politics, nuclear science, genetic engineering and other agents of change to warn against experimenting with things we don’t understand.