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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Legend of Frankenstein

Why the morbid fascination with Frankenstein more than a century later?

This rather bizarre question occurred to me last night when coming across an old classic movie starring one of the most legendary monsters of our time. Since the book was written in 1818, frankenstein has been the subject of countless movies, plays and horror, not to mention the wild and outrageous at the Halloween masquerade. Who exactly was this Frankenstein and how was it created? Realizing how little I actually knew about the legend, I found myself paying close attention.

Apparently, a mad scientist set out to conduct an experiment to bring the dead back to life. After successfully resuscitating an animal, he took it to the next level when a guest in his home was said to possess the most brilliant brain in the world. So the mad scientist killed him and transplanted his flawless brain into the corpse of a criminal.

But when the dead resurrected, a monster was born. Frankenstein was out of control, stampeding through the streets on a deadly attack to mutilate innocent victims. But even when shot to death, the monster rose from the dead to kill again and again.

Thus the legend was born. Do you have a fascination with Frankenstein and if so why? Did you ever dress as him for a costume party? Tell me. HAPPY HALLOWEEN


Sharon Donovan said...

BOO HOO Welcome. Oliver has plenty of cocktails, monster cookies and THRILLER plays on and on. Join us.

P.L. Parker said...

I saw the very old Frankenstein movie and many since. I love horror stories. I guess the ability to raise the dead caught my attention, although I must admit, if I had to look like one of the risen, I'd probably opt out.

Sharon Donovan said...

LOL Patsy. When I was a little girl, the neighbor had a Halloween party and dressed as Frankenstein. He made the face out of plaster of paris, and the image of those nails coming out of his neck and that bloody scar still gives me chills. A WHOOOOO WEREWOLVES OF LONDON

Pat Dale said...

I'm not really into monsters like Frankenstein, or werewolves and vampires either. It is kind of fun to see all the iterations of this fable th;rough the years, though. Ghosts are okay, but spirits are what fascinates me. I used a spirit of a man's deceased wife in one of my romances. She returned in the form of the sound of wind chimes to help the man get on with his life.
I'm happy to see you back here, with Oliver and all. Good luck with your newest release and all things to come, Sharon!
Pat Dale

Sharon Donovan said...

Hiya Dale, thanks for visiting Oliver and I today. Can he mix your usual drink? I'm not much into Frankenstein either, but legends intrigue me
I really like your story about using the woman's spirit through wind chimes, very original. Thank you for your well wishes, great to be back.

Debra St. John said...

Hi Sharon,

What always intrigues me about the Frankenstein legend is the monster isn't actually named Frankenstein, the doctor is! Over the years his creation has assumed his name.

Sharon Donovan said...

Debra, now you've taught me something. I had no idea Frankenstein was the scientist's name, how very interesting. Thanks for filling me in.

Mary Ricksen said...

I think I married him Sharon!

Sharon Donovan said...


Hywela Lyn said...

Sorry to be so late visiiting , Sharon, sweet friendf. I hope you had a happy Halloween!

I read Frankenstein years ago, and - don't call me 'weird' - although you wouldn't the first one to call me that LOL - I felt really, really sorry for Frankenstein's poor monster.

He has a bad press in most of the films, but in the book, all he wanted was to be loved, and he couldn't understand why people were afraid of him. Even when he saved a little girl from drowning, he was chased away and persecuted.

From what I remember of the book it was onlhy when he realised that even his own creator, Baron Von Frankenstein, found him repulsive, that he decided to become the killer everyone thought he was, and eventualy killed himself on the ice floes.

The only person who ever treated him kindly was a blind man who couldn't see how hideous the monster was.

Surely one of the saddest, most misunderstood characters ever!

Sharon Donovan said...

It amazes me how little I know about this legendary monster. I never read the book and was clueless to all the interesting history you provided in this lesson. That certainly puts him in a different light.

Hywela Lyn said...

LOL Sharon - sometimes Hollywood has a lot to answer for in the way they portray certan characters - how many of the old Western films, for example, entertaining and romantic though many of them were - portrayed the Native American Indian as a merciless killer, when really all they were trying to do was protect themselves and their land from invasion! :)