Thursday, October 20, 2016

The BBRBF Book Club: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The BBRBF Book Club is getting spooky this month as we read the classic, "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley! Make sure you keep an eye on the other club members' blogs to see their thoughts and inspired outfit: Helene at Circle Skirts and Petticoats, Kat at The Miss Information Blog, Kristina at Eyre Effect, and Noelle at The Classy Junk.

I was nervous to read "Frankenstein." Mostly because, even though I majored in English in college, I dislike most classic literature. I don't read to think hard about stuff - I read for enjoyment. These classic novels and their old language? No thanks. I usually just feel dumb when I read them and get frustrated. So going in, I wasn't sure how I'd do with "Frankenstein." I have to say I enjoyed it a little more than I expected but it certainly took effort to read - I did struggle with following the narration and kept wondering if I missed something along the way (and I am sure I did!).

This may have to do with missing something (I told ya I would!) but I hated how little detail was included about the monster's creation. The story seemed to jump backstory about his childhood and school to "I created a monster!" real quick and left me going, "wait - huh?" Where's the in-between? I mean, we know the story and know Frankenstein creates a monster but can I get some detail on how and the process and where you got these body parts, etc? It was just so random.

I kept thinking that perhaps it would come later as he even hints in his narration that he won't giveaway his secrets but like, monsters don't just appear. I wanna know the FULL story, bro!

If we were going classic horror, you know I had to pull some classic Damsel in Distress poses

Then, as if I wasn't confused enough, the monster is just off on his own (NBD), gone and missing from Frankenstein's life. Every so often, Frankenstein sees his monster and just keeps running away or hiding. What the F? Frankenstein is pretty much a total wimp.

I had to laugh when, finally, his monster comes toward him one day and Frankenstein didn't wuss out and actually faces him. Why did I laugh? BECAUSE THE MONSTER JUST STARTS TELLING A STORY - totes normal, guys.

After he shares a story for, I swear, over 10 pages (hard to tell on a Kindle, but you know, fair guesstimate) we finally learn that he spent a lot of time (I'm talking over a year...) spying on a family living in a cottage in the woods and he learned English and how to live, essentially, by watching their every move. Hmm...

So that's that. I can't. I just can't. While I appreciated the throwback read to celebrate Halloween, I just confirmed what I sort of already knew - classic novels and I just don't mix.

For my "Frankenstein" outfit, I totally ditched any possible book cover available out there and decided to have fun instead. I decided to rock the traditional (albeit cartoon-ish) Frankenstein colors of purple and green. I even considered face makeup and finding me a bride of Frankenstein wig for this but you gotta draw the line someplace, I guess.

Also, I got way more excited than I ever should to wear two different shoes at once. I mean, look at how cool these BAIT Footwear Robbie heels look together! So sparkle! Much color! It's the little things, okay?  Also - side note - does anyone else talk like a meme in their everyday life? Cody and I have been recently and while it's hilarious (we know call all dogs "doggo" or "pupper"), it also makes me question our maturity levels.

If you want to join the BBRBF Book Club, let me know! Or simply follow along and read on your own - November's book is "Not Working" by Lisa Owens. We'd love to see what you come up with!

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit! The different colored shoes are absolutely adorable. I agree that I would have liked to see more information on the process of creating the monster. Like, was he just digging in graveyards for all those body parts? But overall I really enjoyed the book.

  2. This outfit is PERFECT OH MY GOSH. I love it. Also yes, I speak in meme and my husband is not into memes so he doesn't get it. Haha!

    I agree about how it all happened a little... ambiguously. But I love classics. I love how detailed they are in the everyday things, and I love the language, and the overall feel of how they're written. They're just such a window into another era and I'm in LOVE with that. Also I love to learn new words and I'm always learning new words when I read classics. (I read the dictionary as a kid. So uh...)

    Kristina |

  3. Haha, we had very similar reactions to the monster's creation. While I very much liked the book, I ranted to anyone who would listen about the details of his creation. The monster came to life in ONE line! Where's the lab and the lightening and the maniacal laughter? Where's the grave digging and the horrible assistant??? But, I accept that those are all notions that exist for a modern audience and not the intended audience of the book. But, trust me. When I talk about this book, the first thing I talk about is how nuts it is that Frankenstein just straight up GOES TO BED and abandons the monster and then is all, "whaaaaaaaaaat???" when horror ensues. You asked for it, buddy!

  4. I feel the same way about a lot of classic literature! But, I do remember reading this book in college, and being impressed with how Shelley writes. I'm due for another reading of it though, and I'll probably get annoyed with it then, ha.
    I love the different colored sparkly Robbies!! So cute!! I need those purple ones for sure.

  5. When I first saw your outfit, I was getting a total Daphne from Scooby Doo vibe (with the purple dress and green scarf!) It definitely works for Frankenstein too though....and I think you are on to something with the mismatched shoes! The fact that you even have the same shoes in 2 different colors is amazing to me. Way to rock it!