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Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

Celebrating 200 Years of Frankenstein

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Published on January 1, 1818, Frankenstein tells the story of a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque but sentient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley began writing her famous novel at the young age of 18, and the novel was published when she was only 20. On its initial publication, Frankenstein was published anonymously, as the works of many female authors were at the time. However, Shelley’s name did appear on the second edition publication in 1822, opening the door for future female authors to publish their works under their own names.

Shelley grew up during the Industrial Revolution, when advances in technology were happening at a never-before-seen rate. These technological advances were not welcomed by all and many feared the outcomes of this scientific interference with nature. Frankenstein highlights this fear with its portrayal of the monstrous consequences that come from using science to bring dead things back to life. This conflict between science and nature has become one of the defining themes in works of science fiction, and many people credit Frankenstein as the original work of the genre.

The publication of Frankenstein opened the door for such future authors as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and George Orwell. Shelley’s work also inspired a number of future film and television adaptations. With the vast influence that Frankenstein has had, it’s no surprise that 200 years later it is still considered by many to be one of the most beloved novels of all time.

If you are intrigued by the story and its themes, here are some read-alikes you may enjoy as well:



Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd


Young Adult

Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

Rotters by Daniel Krauss

Angelfall by Susan Ee

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel


If you would like to discuss Frankenstein and similar books with our librarians and the community, please join us for our Momma Shelly’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Booktalk on Wednesday, August 22 from 10-11 am at Momma Shelly’s Family Café, located at 130 E. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka. No registration is required.

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