#bookaday – 23. Made to read at school

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Blogging through June with #bookaday, and today is…

23. Made to read at school

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I’m sure it seemed like a good idea on paper, to teach a bunch of teenagers Frankenstein, and if I had the chance, I’d gladly go be a pupil for this again, but all I remember of it was its maddeningly dull prose that failed to live up to its lurid cover. Our teacher did his best to engage is in discussions about playing god, and what have you, but to no avail. The only thing I can remember was a brief segment of the film, in which Frankenstein collects birth fluid for his creation… and in fact, as I type, I’m remember that this didn’t even happen in an English lesson – that was R.E.

Also in the running: Great Expectations (we all hated the film, and were taken aback to discover we enjoyed the black and white film), Beowulf, Romeo and Juliet (which I also despised at the time, but have since come to love.)

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3 thoughts on “#bookaday – 23. Made to read at school

  1. Thank you!!!!! I loathed this novel but most other people think it’s brilliant. Seriously, if Victor had just committed suicide when he threatened it the first time, we may all have been put out of our misery. I preferred the Monster over Frankenstein and that has got to say something about Shelley’s protagonist…

    • I think alot of people support the Monster. In fairness, I’ve never revisited it so see if I can get into it ten years on. Whereas, Dracula – now that I’ve started four or five times.

      • I liked Dracula. It’s interesting to see how vampires were first portrayed. It gets a bit boring in parts because we’re so familiar with the concept of vampires now, but back then they weren’t so much. So there is an awful lot of explanatory prose. And I can never quite understand the need for Victorians to use so many words to convey a simple idea. It took me a while to finish Dracula, but it’s worth it, I think.
        I can’t bring myself to give Frankenstein another chance…he annoyed me too much the first time.

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