#Top5FemaleAuthors – Mary Shelley – #WomensHistoryMonth 13/03/2017

My favourite female authors is a growing list, as with each new addition to my bookshelves more and more authors are strong, talented women.

Narrowing down the list to just 5 is hard but I’ll begin to try.

1 – Mary Shelley

An old favourite of mine is the author of Frankenstein, a woman who came from a time when female authors were few and far between. When literature was a male dominated industry. Shelley was the daughter of a very forward woman, her mother was independent, a philosopher and pioneer for women. It only seems fitting that Shelley became famous in her own right. A friend of the devilish Lord Byron and John Polidori an author who also created a another favourite novel of mine.

Frankenstein was the first novel that I read where I felt the essence of a gothic novel, that highlighted the time of its composure. Shelley cleverly created a story that has had readers riveted for decades, with many adaptations over the years it is the original novel that still hits you.

The story for me highlighted that although the creature is seen as the monster, it is in fact Dr Frankenstein himself who is the monster. He created something, brought the creature to life from the deaths of others. Shelley has stayed with me through the years, the beautifully tragic tale shaping me as both a reader and a writer. The gothic essence is something that I’ve loved from a young age, that I embrace whole heartedly.

Shelley really was unique and so influential to the world of literature. To me.

*M*

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#AuthorFeature – Mary Shelley – #WomensHistoryMonth 09/03/2017

Welcome to DAY FOUR of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!

Today features the woman who wrote the first science fiction novel; Mary Shelley.

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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was a novelist (among other styles of writing including short stories, travel writing and essayist) best known for her Gothic novel; FRANKENSTEIN

It is reported that early tragedies in Shelley’s life inspired events featured in the now famous tale of a Doctor’s quest to construct a living being from dead human parts.

Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen.

At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. (Source: Goodreads)

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FRANKENSTEIN is a book that makes you think about the lengths you may go to to save a loved one. How grief can take over a persons mind and drive them towards. It also makes you think about how a 20 year old woman was able to publish a novel with such dark themes, in a different time where woman were encouraged to stay and tend the marital home. A book that was written 200 years ago – but still has relevance today.

If a woman like Shelly can break the norm back in the early 1800’s – then there is hope for our young women today.

-S.