Wednesday, August 30, 2017
It's Mary Shelley's 220th Birthday
Born in Somers Town, London, United Kingdom, in 1797, her story, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, lives on in a million minds. It is amazing how much it is quoted in film and fiction. It's a very effective archetype, the artificial/undead monster given life by an egotistical human seizing divine power. I recently saw a similar revisiting of the theme by Alex Garland in Ex Machina. "Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world."