The novel Frankenstein is many things – the birth of science fiction, a study in Romantic philosophy, a Gothic horror story – but it is also a reminder that the things that terrorize us most are often a reflection of our own obsessions.
In the 1930s, Universal Pictures launched a very successful series of monster movies which have become known for their early sound, creative lighting and special effects.
Two hundred years ago, a young woman — barely more than a teenager — wrote a daring novel that questioned the limits of science and discovery, and challenged notions of agency, self, family and moral obligation. Her character created a monster, but she fabricated something much more complicated.
It’s what we obsessive readers do — make ever-longer lists of books we want to read. Looking ahead at the publishing calendar next year, here are some titles that have piqued my interest.
Books I wish they would make into TV shows: The Count of Monte Cristo The movie with Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce is pretty good. It’s great fun and most of the major plot points are there. What I really want is a 6 or 8-hour special (think Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and…