Welcome to a very spooky episode of Novel Ideas, featuring the decidedly not spooky Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This is a book about a monster and the man who created him told in a very romantic style. (I have to mention this now because we forgot to say it in the podcast.) In this episode we cover various tropes, unsympathetic characters, the theme of science v. nature, and the theme of isolation v. acceptance. We also cover the timelessness of teenage behavior, the importance of being genre savvy, and whether Frankenstein’s monster might actually be Santa Claus. Make sure to listen in a well lit room so you don’t get scared!
The music bump is “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky because, dude, Halloween. I’m not entirely sure how this piece of music came to by synonymous with that holiday, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the way it sounds.
3 thoughts on “Frankenstein”
November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm
I think the winner for dis-owning your own story via “Hey I once met a guy, who handed me some papers, that he won in bet from a guy at a pub, in a different country” is Don Quixote. Cervantes not only introduces the story in a ridiculous way, but he continues to tell you throughout the book, if any of the events in the story are inaccurate, it’s not his fault, cause its been translated three times by three different people in three different centuries after being lost to man for 200 years etc…
November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Dr. Frankenstein is to Monster Frankenstein as Joffrey Baratheon is to Tyrion Lannister?
November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Or Tywin Lannister is to Tyrion Lannister… oooo I think thats a better comparison, cause Tywin created Tyrion and calls him a monster a lot and doesn’t want anything to do with him.