* This Review is Spoiler Free*
Until reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley I hailed myself as quite the non-lover of all classics. I figured I would never find one that I genuinely enjoyed and would re-read. Yes, I’ve come across a couple that I didn’t detest and some that I even liked. But, I never ever ever would have thought that I could like a classic as much as I do this one. Granted this novel and I had some love-hate moments where I wished that I could jump into the novel and beat some sense into a particular character, and it’s also been about two years since I initially read it, but I can say in all confidence that after reading it, I did thoroughly enjoy it. This gothic horror novel follows student Victor Frankenstein and his obsession with creating life. After finally succeeding in reanimating life into a body that he constructed from body parts, Frankenstein is repulsed by the monster that he created and banishes the monster from his presence. Frankenstein’s monster goes on a rampage in an attempt to get back at his ‘creator’.
There are a few downfalls to this novel, one of the biggest being the pacing and the other is the title character, Frankenstein (the dude bordered on insufferable at times). I found myself reading through certain portions while uncontrollably rolling my eyes, grunting and mumbling “I DON’T CARE!” numerous times. I remember reading the synopsis shortly before I began reading it and seeing that there was a romance within the novel. To this day, I still have not figured out what romance there is in that story (another minor irritation). Now, don’t get the wrong idea….there are quite a few things wrong with the story, but there are just as many (and more) good things in the story but, I feel that you do have to have patience in order to unearth those good qualities.
Okay, confession time…I am one of the ignorant unicorns that did not realize that Frankenstein was in fact *NOT* the name of the monster. I know, I know…who doesn’t know that at this point, but between all the Halloween costumes of green men with plugs in the sides of their heads and a plethora of horrible movies/shows that call the monster Frankenstein, how was this naive unicorn to know! Well, fast-forward to when I actually read the book, and I absolutely adored the monster. Frankenstein’s monster made the entire book. Mary Shelley did a great job of posing a lot of questions about humanity, what it means to be human, to be a member of society, where/how it is that we find self-worth and purpose, how/why do we evolve as humans, and what is self-preservation are just a few of the questions and ideals that I found myself pondering throughout my reading experience.
I am due for a re-read of this novel, and after that there may be more to add to this review as I have a feeling that with each re-read I will grasp new things that I didn’t see before. Frankenstein is a complex, intricate and well thought out novel and if not for my issues with pacing and the character Frankenstein, this book would have a much higher rating. If only the book was just about Frankenstein’s monster, than this book would be getting higher than the 7-out-of-10 unicorn horns that I am awarding it.