Frankenstein is a novel written by the English author Mary Shelley in 1818. It is remarkable that Mary Shelley wrote her novel at the age of twenty. At that time, it was a great feat for a young woman to write a successful book. I want to emphasize that she published Frankenstein mentioning her name only in 1831. The first edition of the book was anonymous. It is curious that we are able to read such a splendid and affecting novel due to the happy coincidence.
Lord Byron, Mary Shelley and her husband decided to have a competition and clarify who was able to write the most trimming horror story. The young woman won this competition fairly. Mary Shelley was looking for inspiration travelling about Europe. She visited many old castles and listened to numerous mysterious stories of the locals. Finally, she decided to write a horror story about the weird scientific experiments referring to the creation of the artificial form of life. Frankenstein is supposed to be the foremost science fiction book inasmuch the author describes an unorthodox and controversial scientific experiment. Furthermore, the novel refers to horror stories, Gothic novel and Romanticism if we pay attention to its atmosphere and general mood. Continue reading
“Paper Towns” is a novel written by the American writer John Green in 2008. The author received the 2009 Edgar Award for the best young adult novel. Paper Towns is supposed to be one of the most successful children’s books of modern time. A screen version of the book saw the world in 2015. The genre of the book is young adult fiction. The author tries to make his novels interesting to young people utilizing colloquialisms and curious plot development. What is more, one can find the elements of a detective story whereas the entire text is devoted to the attempts of finding a young girl, Margo Roth Spiegelman. The title Paper Towns is associated with the trick conducted by famous scholars and companies that want to prevent plagiarism of their texts, table and maps. In this case, the title refers to the creation of a fictional town Agloe, New York, by the cartographers of one firm who wanted to avoid plagiarism of their maps. The novel consists of three parts, each of which is divided into chapters. Continue reading
How would you feel if the government controlled your entire life? Do you imagine your life without emotions and feelings? Such dystopian problems can be found in the provocative novel The Giver written by Lois Lowry. The book was published in 1993 and became one of the most popular novels for young people. Lois Lowry was awarded with the 1994 Newbery Medal for her novel.
The book can be called a bestseller whereas more than ten million copies were sold to 2014. In the majority of schools of the USA, Canada and Australia, The Giver is in the reading lists. In addition, according to the public survey of 2012, The Giver was chosen as the fourth-best novel of all time for young people. In the end, there is a screen version of this book that was shot in 2014. When we speak about the genre of The Giver, we will say that it belongs to dystopia, as the author describes the alternate future society from the pessimistic point of view. Continue reading