What You Said: How Does ‘Frankenstein’ Fit Into Your Modern Life?

Mary Shelley’s novel turns 200 this year, but its lessons are far from old.

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Last week, the SciFri Book Club received a call for help. The caller’s name was Tony. His 10th-grade class was reading Frankenstein, and he needed some homework help.

To be honest, we ignored his messages because we thought he was pranking us. But then we walked into the SciFri office last week, and found over 50 voicemails. Tony’s entire class—and his teacher—had called in, leaving us their thoughts on Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old novel.

Those insightful responses got us thinking about how Frankenstein relates to the modern world, and young peoples’ modern lives. Check out some of the responses below from young people.

text of tony's response

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