Sunday, May 26, 2019

A Tribute to Mary Shelley

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(Originally posted on March 8, 2018)

For International Women's Day, I can't think of a better person to spotlight than the great-godmother of all Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy, Mary Shelley.
 
If you haven't read the original Frankenstein, it might be easy to take for granted just how important that book is. While the Universal Monsters movie is great and iconic in its own right, it's the novel that truly shines as a bedrock of genre literature, and one of the founding pillars of what would eventually become SFF as a whole.
 
That alone would be impressive in its on right. But when you add the fact that she was only TWENTY YEARS OLD, it becomes doubly so.
And if you haven't read (not watched!)Frankenstein, I'd highly recommend doing so. It's an immensely good read, even 200 years after the fact.

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