MARY SHELLEY LETTER INSPIRES ‘I, FRANKENSTEIN’
ROME – A letter from Nineteenth Century author Mary Wolstonescraft Shelley was published yesterday by the producers of the new adaptation of her novel I, Frankenstein.
The producers claim the letter was written to her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and shows clearly that she would have approved of the most recent film version of her classic work of Gothic horror Frankenstein.
My Dearest Bysshe,
The house is empty without you and the children fractious in the extreme. Albeit I understand your absence – Byron has need of you counsel now more than ever – I cannot feign the high spirits I know you value in a consort but must open my heart and allow you to see the pain writ therein. To further add to my melancholic frame of my mind the first edition of my novel came and my disappointment knew no bounds – I write of course of Frankenstein.
The problems with the book are manifold. Why did I set it in a contemporary period? I should have followed your advice and placed the actions many years into the future. And why did I not give the monster adversaries more monstrous than he? He should have had to battle unconvincing gargoyles and angels, armed perhaps with some strange half disc knives and fighting techniques known only to those of the orient?
However all this is mere quibbling compared with the source of my main dissatisfaction. Why waste so much time on his creation and the subsequent metaphysical doodling between the creature and his creator Victor? There is hardly any time for fighting.
All I can hope, nay pray, is that someone perhaps the producers of the fabled Underworld series of which the prophecy speaks will take my idea and make of it what they will. Improve it with their skills and those of Mr. Aaron Eckhart who was so good in Thank You for Smoking and very little else.
Be careful on your trip home. The seas can be choppy this time of year.
Love your little dormouse,
I, Frankenstein is due out January 2014.