A new biopic about Mary Shelley will detail the author’s struggles to write Frankenstein

According to legend, Mary Shelley invented “Frankenstein” during a stay on the shores of Lake Geneva with her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and the poet Lord Byron. The three were said to be entertaining themselves by sharing ghost stories, when they all made a bet to see who could write the spookiest story possible. Less than a year after the bet, Shelley had completed “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” telling the horrific tale of a man playing God and reanimating a monstrous creature capable of expressing deep emotions, but he is forced to exist in a world that treats him like an abomination and drives him down a path of uncontrolled rage and violence. There are certainly those who question the validity of the “bet” story, but a biopic focused solely on its writing process sounds fascinating.

For those who don’t know, Mary Shelley is cooler and more gothic than any of us could dream of being. She didn’t just write horror stories, she lived them. After the death of her beloved Percy, she kept his calcified heart in a shroud of silk and took it with her. His heart was not returned to his family vault until after Mary’s death, found in his office and wrapped in the pages of one of his last poems, “Adonais”. She was also rumored to have lost her virginity at her mother’s grave, had a relationship with a woman her own husband was in love with, and helped secure passports for Isabel Robinson and Mary Diana Dods, allowing them to flee to Paris and live there in disguise. as husband and wife. To put it simply, Mary Shelley rules and she deserves all the biopics.

Lola R. McClure