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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1 star)

This book and I did not get along. I read it as part of a classics reading group on Goodreads. Had I been in a different reading mode, perhaps I would have been amused by the melodrama and constant bemoaning. But I wasn't. And I don't trust myself not to rant like crazy, so today's review is more of a summary brought to you by "The Emperor's New Groove" (awesome movie). Warning: many GIF's ahead.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley
Series: n/a
Genres: Classics, Horror
Published on 1869 (first published 1818)
Published by Sever, Francis, & Co.
Final Rating: 1 star

Written in 1816 when she was only nineteen, Mary Shelley's novel of "The Modern Prometheus" chillingly dramatized the dangerous potential of life begotten upon a laboratory table. A frightening creation myth for our own time, Frankenstein remains one of the greatest horror stories ever written and is an undisputed classic of its kind.

So, Frankenstein goes all mad scientist and decides to build a super (ugly) human and bring it to life.

His creation scares him, he realizes what an idiot he was playing God, faints, and stays in bed for a couple months.

He proceeds to spend the rest of the book in this fashion:

Meanwhile, the monster has escaped, learned to talk and read, discovered that no one will ever love him because he's so ugly and scary, and gone on a killing spree. But he's very conflicted and self-loathing and depressed. He suffers from low self-esteem.

So the monster tracks down Frankenstein and asks him to make a female monster so he won't be lonely and they can disappear to South America and scare people there instead. And after much deliberating...

...and whining...

...and more deliberating...

...and a few polite refusals...

...Frankenstein says yes. He'll do it.

And the monster will stalk him until it's done.

So Frankenstein starts sneaking around, preparing for mad scientist experiment, Take 2.

And then has a crisis of conscience.

And trashes the project, making the monster unhappy.

Then the monster kills his friend and wife and other stuff and he wallows in despair.

And then he chases the monster all over northern Europe...

...and dies.

And the monster appears, and he's not really bad. He just wanted to be loved.

And then he disappears, presumably to die alone.

In Conclusion, while reading this book, I felt:

Okay, I'm glad I got that out of my system. :)

If you're reading this, congrats on surviving the GIF-madness! I promise I will be (mostly) back to normal in time for Saturday's Fan Art Up. ;)

GIF sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29


  1. *laughs* While I did enjoy FRANKENSTEIN, I love your GIFs. That was hilarious. :)

    1. Thank you! It was very cathartic (and amusing) for me, and I'm glad you liked them.

  2. Normally I don't like gif reviews but in this can't beat the Emperor's New Groove and it likely took you as much work to compile that gif review as it would be to have written out a review of this classic book that no doubt has many other reviews already written for it. I dig it. I don't think I'd ever be in the mood to read this particular classic with all that moaning on and on

    1. I completely understand. Normally I don't do GIF reviews, but Frankenstein...grr. I wanted to end our relationship on a funny note. And I love the Emperor's New Groove! :D

  3. Hahaha I totally love your use of the gifs.

    When I first "read" Frankenstein it was assigned for a class and I didn't read it. I didn't want to and didn't see the point. But then I was assigned it again for a different class so I thought it was fates way of telling me I should read it. I liked it. Not in the same way as I like contemporary books, but it made me think. I think the reason though that I liked it was we talked about it in class so much and desiccated it. I liked the concepts and the theories and debates.

    1. Thank you! I think we're obligated to not want to read books assigned for class. ;) But I can see how discussing the book as you went would help. Film History classes did the same thing for me on some older films I wouldn't have understood/enjoyed otherwise.

      I may go back and try Frankenstein again someday. Maybe as an audiobook?

  4. Uh..uh, maybe I will skip this classic..
    And I loved the GIFs because they fit perfectly!! Happy Friday!

    1. Skipping may be a good call, or else wait until you have a bad cold and are high on NyQuil. Then it might seem funny. ;)

      I'm glad you liked the GIFs, and Happy Friday to you, too!

  5. LOLOL. Fun review!! I read this in school, but I honestly can't remember what I thought about it. I suppose that's not a good sign, but I typically resented most forced reading in school. :)

    I've been wanting to do a re-read of this. Or perhaps, a listen. I've got the audiobook version, so perhaps that will be more enjoyable than the book.

    1. I think resenting school reading is mandatory. ;) I think audio might be the way to go with some of these classics. I just finished The Time Machine that way. :)

  6. What an amazing review! I think I might have snorted a few times. What a crazy book! WOW. I don't know if the way you giffed it up made me want to read it more... I almost want to read it even though you hated it... It almost looked like it was bad enough to be good. Almost like a spoof movie?

    1. Thank you! Snorting is good. Had I been in another mood, it probably would have been like those movies that are so bad you laugh through them. Maybe try it as an audiobook?

  7. I pretty much agree with everything you just said. We read Frankenstein for our HSC in year 12 at school. Blah!

    1. It was definitely an experience. ;) Congrats on surviving it!

  8. LOLOLOLOL okay this is an awesome post :D I loveeeee the gifs, so many great Disney movies :) We were supposed to read Frankenstein in school, and I got about halfway through before I quit - which is SO RARE for me. I ended up reading it because of the assignments, but I stopped reading on the first try, which never happens. I didn't like the book very much. I can see why it is a classic though.

    Fabulous post, Kel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I considered putting it aside SO many times, but no. I pressed on. On the bright side, we get a fun GIF review out of it. :D