10 Fascinating Facts about Frankenstein

Even though we believe we have good knowledge of the story of Frankenstein, there are tons of interesting facts about the history of the book and its writer, Mary Shelley. Here are the top ten surprising and fascinating facts that we thought every reader of Frankenstein should know about.

  1. Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley when she was only sixteen years old. It was first published anonymously in 1818 when she was twenty years old. Shelley’s name was published 5 years later, in 1823.


  1. Shelley got the idea from a dream. She saw the face of a pale student that had created something, which seemed to be alive. She woke up terrified and though that it would also scare others so she should write about it.


  1. Shelley wrote the story as part of a competition. She was competing against her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori. The challenge was to determine who could write the best horror story.


  1. Frankenstein is the name of the scientist. Even though modern adaptations have given the name of Frankenstein to the monster, Shelley originally gave the name to the scientist.


  1. Frankenstein was one of the first science-fiction novels written. Shelley helped develop and define the concept of horror fiction with her frightening characters.


  1. There are more than 130 films inspired by Frankenstein. However, the story is constantly modified and many movies are far from Shelley’s original version.


  1. Thomas Edison was the entrepreneur behind the first film adaptation. It was shot in the Bronx in 1910 and was directed by J. Searle Dawley.


  1. Frankenstein’s creature is originally given no name. Many names are given to it such as “monster”, “it”, “wretch”, “vile insect” and “demon”.


  1. Frankenstein Day occurs on August 30th every year. This date was chosen in honor of Shelley’s date of birth.


  1. The monster originally was a very intelligent and articulate person. However, movies tend to portray him as a man with limited vocabulary.


These facts help to understand the history behind Frankenstein. They also help us realize to what extent the story has been modified in the Modern days. If you would like to get any information about some specific facts, feel free to let us know in the comment section!


16 thoughts on “10 Fascinating Facts about Frankenstein

  1. It is actually really fascinating! You brought interesting facts that were still unknown to me! I did not know there was a Frankenstein day or that Mary Shelley was a teenager when she wrote this troubling story… This post will surely help the readers have a greater understanding of the original story and how it has been modified over time. Good job!

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  2. Hi!
    As you said, I can easily understand how your 10 facts can really improve one’s reading of Frankenstein since it gives relevant information on the background of the story and on the context in which it was written.
    You did a great job and thanks for sharing!
    Evelyne Richard

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  3. Hi Myriam,
    I have to admit that I never knew about the true nature of Frankenstein and being able to perceive him as a human being and understand where Mary Shelly got all those ideas from and how she wrote this creepy story is really formatting. The time where the book was written also have to be well explained like you did to understand the importance of Frankenstein in novel history.

    Fascinating was the right title choice!

    Florence for razorsedgeslc

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  4. Super interesting blog post! having quick facts like this is a good way to bring more interest to the reading of the story. Nice blog overall as well!

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  5. Interesting facts! I did not know that August 30th was the official Frankenstein’s day. I will trick my little monsters (read kids) on this day. Do you have an idea how I could surprise my kids this year? Costume? Theme dinner?


    Felix Tremblay


  6. Nice detailed list of facts, however I have noticed a few errors here and there. Indeed, the first film adaptation of Frankenstein was released in 1910, but it was not made by Thomas Edison, it was created by Edison Studios and directed by J. Searle Dawley. Thomas Edison was the entrepreneur behind this film company, but he did not partake in the creation of this film.

    Other than that simple mistake, your list of facts does provide a good amount of information to readers who would like to know a bit more background information concerning this classic novel.


  7. Nice facts in this post! It actually provides a different perspective of the story even after we have read it. I am pretty sure that if I go back and read the novel again I will not understand/see it the same way I did.
    Thanks for letting us know of those facts as I now know more of the novel that I am working on for over a month.

    See you later!

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  8. Hi Noémie, I find your blogpost very interesting! In fact, it is quite surprising that more than 130 movies were inspired by the book. You seem to have done a a good research before writing your blog post. Good job!


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