Mary Shelley Reacts to Young Frankenstein

Since the Immortal Writers have trusted me with their story, William Shakespeare has also entrusted me to post his and other writers' responses to adaptations of their work, fan fiction, and other material. Here is Mary Shelley's somewhat befuddled response to Young Frankenstein. -Jill

To Ms Bowers, the United States

The Adirondacks, May 20--

You will rejoice to hear that I have chosen to write a response for you for your, what do they call it these days? Blog?

I am in the Adirondack Mountains in the Immortal Writers Castle as we speak, here with Doctor Frankenstein and the Monster. Both are, admittedly, somewhat befuddled as to their portrayal in an odd adaptation of my work called Young Frankenstein.

The Monster is delighted that in this interpretation, he is finally loved and accepted... which is something that, even with an eternity of living together in the Immortal Writers Castle, Doctor Frankenstein has been unable to show to the Creature.

Frankenstein (who, I would like to point out, is the doctor, not the Monster... though in one sense, he is the monster) is baffled that he could have a grandson, and that that grandson could love a Monster like the one he created in his laboratory in 1792.

As for myself, I admit to being highly entertained by the film as a whole. Never before have I so wanted to have a roll in ze hay, as the lovely assistant says. I adored the comedic touch to my classic horror story, and even amidst the humor, this film captured the essence of my original work: nature vs nurture. Do not we all want to be loved?

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to chase after Frankenstein again. He has a habit of talking to me for a while and then jumping into the lake and drifting away. I must go catch him before he is borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.

-Mary Shelley


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