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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Novel .Vs. Movie

Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Novel .Vs. Movie

It is said that a picture is worth thousand words therefore, a number of novels and other literary material’s literature have been used as a story for the movies. This aspect justify that how a picture does is worth thousand words. In similar way for the following writing I have selected a literature “Frankenstein” which was written by Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley and published in 1818 and the second edition of the book was published in 1823(Shelley, 1818).

This book was based on an interesting story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who was very intelligent and had great knowledge of science and he used his scientific knowledge in unorthodox scientific experiment and creates ridiculous but emotional. The novel was declared as a great piece of literature based on science fiction as a genre of Gothic novel and Romanticism. However, it is also claimed that it is one of the first science fiction story(Shelley, 1818).

Mary Shelly’s story of Frankenstein impressed Kenneth Branagh who decided to make a horror film on by following the same theme and story of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Finally a movie was produced based on Mary Shelly’s novel “Frankenstein” with the same name but with prominent horror touch. This movie was produced with a budget of $45 million and it is declared as one of the most faithful film. Overall story of “Frankenstein” is based on the science fiction, however, it prominently impressed the viewers and it was found an ambitious and visually striking film(Ebert, 1994).

I have read experienced to read the novel as well as to watch the movie. However, before watching the movie I experienced to read the book. I found Shelly’s style really admiring as throughout the story she succeed to grab the attention of the readers into the novel. However I completely read the novel and found it an interesting scientific fiction that has something different than the common movies and Shelly’s way of writing really made it a unique literature piece as compare to the traditional stories of the novel. However the most interesting thing is that through this novel she has introduced a new genre in literature.

After reading the novel, I experienced to watch the movie which was produced by Kenneth Brannagh based on the same story of Mary Shelly’s Book but with several differences and additions in movie plotting. I found the idea of Kenneth a really interesting as I watch the movie based on the same story but with some addition that made the story more interesting and more horror as compare to the novel writing.

If I asked about my experience of watching movie and reading material I would say both have their own taste but I agree with the fact that “A picture is worth thousand words.” Accordingly, the experienced of watching movie was more exciting and interesting for me as compare to the reading the novel. One of the major reasons is that, to read novel required more time, more attention and likewise it was hard for me to read it in one sitting. Therefore, whenever I sit to read the novel, I had to remind all the scenes and novel. Subsequently, while reading the novel I had to imagine the story happening.

On the other hand, watching movie was more exciting to me because it was just like get more knowledge in short time. Moreover I can watch movie in one sitting and because of it is not merely time saving but it is more interesting as well because I do not need to remind every scene and do not need to make connection in the story as the movie run with sequence. One of the most considering fact in watching movie is that it let me to feel the situations, suspense and horror in real time without any distortion  that kept my feelings alive and kept me equally curious throughout the movie.


Ebert, R. (1994). MARY SHELLEY'S FRANKENSTEIN. Retrieved December 2, 2015, from

Shelley, M. W. (1818). Frankenstein. Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones.

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