2016, Books, Booktober

Booktober Challenge Post 10

A   H O R R O R   B O O K

Oh dear, I had trouble with all the other headers so far because I had read so many books, with this though the opposite is in fact true. I do not read horror. There are many reasons why I refuse to read the genre but one of the top reasons is that I like my sleep too much. My imagination is too active and if I focus on anything to scary, then I fail at sleep for weeks.

There is one book though that comes under this genre or which I have been fascinated by.

F R A N K E N S T E I N 



Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, is a novel penned by Mary Shelly. Following a competition between herself, her husband Percy Shelly and Lord Byron to create the best horror story. She was 18 years old when she began and was published by the time she was 20 years old.

The story follows the experimentation of a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein. Victor creates a creature in an unorthodox experiment.  The creature itself, in the novel has no name and is often, mistakenly referred to as Frankenstein. The story is told through the viewpoint of two narrators. The opening chapter by Captain Walton who is penning a letter to his sister. Victor Frankenstein then takes up the narration describing his childhood, the experiment, his misfortune and failure due to trying to destroy his creation. At the end of the novel Captain Walton takes up the narrative again.

Personally I find the story one of misadventure and poor judgement. Frankenstein was unable to cope with the repercussions due to the success of his experiment. He was under the mistaken opinion that if he just ignored it, it would go away. Of course, like us all eventually he had to face the consequences of his actions but sadly it took the deaths of several people whom he cared for before he did.


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