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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text

Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text

by Mary Shelley
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Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at the North Pole. Through this simple plot device, Shelley was able to deal with serious real-world issues like acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, as well as the universal human need for companionship and love. The novel, of course, inspired a host of films, from the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff to Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, and more recently, a series of novels by Dean Koontz. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original dialogue and remains true to Shelley’s brilliant vision.

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ISBN-13: 9781906332495
Publisher: Classical Comics
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 114,894
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: GN850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 Years

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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
disturbingfurniture on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been years since I read the original, that was in college. I remember enjoying it; I enjoyed it all the more for it's nearly total lack of relationship to the (mostly) awful and still delightful movies I grew up watching on Saturday afternoon on "Shock Theater." This version of the graphic novel interpretation (Classical Comics has two, this and a "Quick Text" version that abandons the original language but sticks to the story) uses a lot of the original text in the narration and the "talk bubbles." That said it is still an adaptation and an abridgment. It preserves a lot of the original language and most of the original storyline.The art work is dark and dynamic. The color and some of the linework has a computer-generated/enhanced look to it, but on the whole it is well done from beginning to end.And speaking of "end": the extras Classical Comics have added after the graphic story is done are GREAT. There is a biography of Mary Shelley focusing on the novel, her family tree, a short piece about how the novel came about including images of the actual manuscript, a short history of the ways the story has been brought to life, and finally an explanation of how this work was created.I hesitate to say this because I have always been against abridgments of any kind (wait until you are old enough to read the original, there are plenty of works on your level whatever it might be to read in the interim) but I do think this would work as an exccellent introduction to Shelley's novel...and it could be used in schools...several of my co-workers have just fainted (because I wrote those words).
KromesTomes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In a surprising fit of diligence, I decided to read the novel Frankenstein before reading and reviewing the graphic novel for the LT Early Reviewers.And ¿frankly,¿ what struck me the most was the language Shelley used. I¿ve read a fair number of authors who were working in the mid to late 1800s, and rarely did I find the style and state of the English language to be as obtrusive as they were in Frankenstein, which was published in 1818.This isn¿t necessarily a bad thing, but, for me, it did put an extra barrier between myself and the text, making the reading experience a little less natural feeling. An example of what I mean is the following passage, describing Frankenstein¿s feelings of disappointment after bringing the monster to life.¿Thus not the tenderness of friendship, nor the beauty of earth, nor of heaven, could redeem my soul from woe: the very accents of love were ineffectual. I was encompassed by a cloud which no beneficial influence could penetrate. The wounded deer dragging its fainting limbs to some untrodden brake, there to gaze upon the arrow which had pierced it, and to die--was but a type of me.¿I also have to wonder if the nearly 200 years between Shelley¿s writing and my reading affect what I thought of some of the wilder aspects of the plot. And I don¿t only mean those having to do with the monster. But I¿ll get back to that.Anyway, the basic outline of the book is that Victor Frankenstein, from a noble Genevan family, discovers how to bring the spark of life to the dead and goes about putting together and animating the ¿monster¿ from body parts harvested from corpses.But when the monster lives and Frankenstein sees its physical ugliness, he can¿t bear it. He essentially turns the monster out. Years pass and the monster becomes acquainted with the ways of mankind: That is, that people will not look beyond his physical appearance to find the humanity that lies inside.So he then tracks down Frankenstein to have his revenge, which involves killing off Frankenstein¿s friends and family in a way that is supposed to ultimately force the good doctor to create a female monster, with whom the original will retire the some uncivilized part of the world and leave the rest of mankind alone.Frankenstein eventually gives it a try, but when the time comes to reanimate the female monster, he can¿t do it, concerned about playing god and letting loose another daemon the world.The monsters gets his revenge by killing Frankenstein¿s wife on his/her wedding day. Frankenstein vows to hunt him down. The books ends w/Frankenstein dying essentially of exhaustion and the creature, upon discovering this, vows to kill himself as well, now that his tormentor/creator, Frankenstein, is also dead.There¿s some good philosophical stuff here about technology, its limits and how people treat one another, and that¿s what gives the novel its timeless appeal.But, as I mentioned, some of the other plot points deserve a second look. The key example is that Frankenstein¿s significant other, Elizabeth, was actually the child of a nobleman and his mistress a German woman, who died when Elizabeth was born. She was then taken in by a peasant family, which was discovered by Frankenstein¿s mother and ¿adopted¿ as Frankenstein¿s cousin/sister. This was when Victor was about five and Elizabeth was younger.The elder Frankensteins¿ plan, it becomes clear, was for Victor and Elizabeth to marry. After being raised together as siblings for 15 or so years.This way of treating people as products to be traded and moved about likely informs the way Frankenstein treats the creature as well.And one final thing did strike me as a misstep, plot-wise. The monster tells Frankenstein that he (the monster) plans on getting his revenge by striking at those he (Frankenstein) loves best. But despite this, when the monster says he will get his ultimate revenge on Frankenstein¿s wedding night, the doctor thinks the monster means to kill him, not his wife. That just didn¿t see
kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Did you know that Mary Shelley's Frankenstein bears little resemblance to the movie monster? This graphic adaptation was true to the original story and included informative biographical information on Shelley, as well.
angrystarlyt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good adaptation. I particularly enjoyed the illustrations which went with this, although I felt like much of the horror I felt upon reading the novel was lost in the pictures--perhaps a good thing for young readers, but maybe a loss of mystique for anyone trying to use this as a pedagogical tool for older kids. As far as sheer comic book reading pleasure goes, a little dense, but readable.
scarletsherlock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel is an excellent introduction to the story of Frankenstein. The colors pop, and the animation is very well-done. It reminded me a lot of the recent animated adaptation of 'Tales of the Black Freighter.' I am somewhat of a Frankenstein buff, so I enjoy reading many different adaptations and interpretations. This book is not anything revolutionary, but it was enjoyable and is certainly something that students who are encountering the story for the first time will appreciate. The Shelley biography in the back is also very well-done.
Book_loaning_Teach More than 1 year ago
I teach 8th grade Language Arts and everyday I have to fight with some of my kids to read, and read something with substance, but recently have been buying graphic novels that have an actual story and that have been recommended. This Frankenstein I can't keep on my shelf. My kids who only read manga or graphic novels will read this and not have any idea that this is considered a classic. They love it. I've got students checking it out who don't read unless they are forced. I am so glad that I purchased this for my classroom.