Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is known as ‘one of the classics’ a ‘must read’ for many reasons. But I think one of the main reasons isn’t for the story itself, but the way it was written.
When she wrote this book, Mary was 18. 18! Teachers from high school and university LOVE showing this book and analyzing this book and it was written by someone who’s basically the same age as me. I don’t know about you but I don’t think I know anyone who’s even in their 20s that can write something so well written and powerful as that or even do anything remotely close to writing a book that turns out to be THIS well known.
Everyone knows the story of Frankenstein but not many people know that it is very word heavy and (to us nowadays) backwards written. While reading this book, every few sentences I’d have to stop and re read the last line because I could not understand what was being said. Like I said in the beginning, I believe this is a contributing factor to its success. Many books these days are written in a way where you can skim over each sentence and get the idea of what’s happening without doing too much thinking. With this book, you have to read each word carefully and almost translate each sentence so it makes sense nowadays, thus making you think and picture EXACTLY what’s going on instead of thinking ‘oh yea, I think I understand’. Many kids these days just look at books and each page instead of actually reading. This book solves that problem and on top of that, it’s actually a really interesting book. The only other books I can think of that have a similar writing style are Shakespeare’s plays and I mean come on, go ahead and try and name something more famous and iconic as Romeo and Juliet… exactly, you can’t.
Mary Shelley is a genius and deserves all the praise she’s gotten for writing this book and then some. On top of being an amazing writer, she was a woman in the 1800s who published this book under her name and even though at the time women were seen as the “weaker gender”, which is just wrong in so many ways, the book was still insanely popular and it still is. Thank you Mary Shelley.