Abby… Normal?

Anatomy of Reading


Two days ago I finished reading Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheusby Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and once again I noticed something – if this book had been written in the 21st century it would have been done as at least a 4 part series with 400 pages per book. This way it was a 230 page single volume book.

There’s so much that happens in this book – years and years of action, murder after murder, investigations, trials, imprisonments, travels and exploration. Now, Mary had the good luck of living when she lived, because the resulting book is fast paced, not tiring, easy to read and fun. If, instead it had been written by a modern writer the first part of Viktor’s education and research would have been done in such detail (and on at least 500 pages) that after the “it’s a live!” moment the average reader would have…

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