This year 27 October 2023 is National Frankenstein Friday! Generally, the day is celebrated on the last Friday of October every year. Frankenstein pays homage to the greatest Gothic story of all time. In 1818, Mary Shelley wrote a novel about the young scientist Victor Frankenstein, who discovered how to give life to an inanimate body. He created a monster that chased him to the ends of the world and eventually destroyed everything he cherished.
History of National Frankenstein Friday
There has never been a monster in human history. There are one or two monsters in myths, folk tales, and epic stories, and even stories from ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs or the Incas. Although the appearance and characteristics may be different, these monsters have appeared in different cultures. Among them, Frankenstein’s monster is one of the most famous monsters ever.
In 1816, Mary Shelley, wife of the poet Percy Bich Shelley, went to Geneva, Switzerland, to visit their friend, the poet Lord Byron, at Villa Diodati. The team also includes doctor John Polidori (John Polidori). An eruption of a volcano in Indonesia caused heavy rainfall and abnormal weather, which meant that the group of people were trapped in the house, where they read ghost stories to pass the time. Lord Byron then proposed to hold a competition to see who can come up with the best ghost story. Mary Shelley won the game with “Frankenstein”; Lord Byron and Percy Bich Shelley did not complete their story, but Polydori was named for Bram Stoker’s “De “Gula” and “Vampire” wrote the inspiration. “Frankenstein” was published anonymously two years after Mary was only 20 years old. The first edition of the dedication is dedicated to Mary Shelley’s father, William Godwin. Percy Shelley wrote the preface, which is why many people think that this book was written by him. This final version is familiar to most readers today. In nearly two centuries, this story gave birth to print editions in various languages and countless film adaptations.
Although Shelley has always insisted that she came up with the name “Frankenstein” (meaning “Frankenstein”), critics believe that she was influenced by the castle of the same name. The former resident of this castle was Konrad Dippel, a mentally disturbed alchemist obsessed with creating an elixir that could help people live for more than a hundred years. Rumor has it that he exhumed the body and experimented on it, just like Victor Frankenstein in Shelley’s book. Ryan MacCloskey from Westfield, New Jersey founded Frankenstein Friday in 1997 to celebrate these characters, the book, and the author. He chose to celebrate on Friday because it was interesting with Frankenstein’s alliteration. In addition, he said, Friday is easier to celebrate than any other day.
Celebration of National Frankenstein Friday
Read the book that produced it all
Read the original version of “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, and then read the newer version. If the film fits your style better, watch one of the various film adaptations starting in 1931.
Meet Mary Shelley
Check her biography and read her other works such as “The Last Man” and “Faukner”. You can take the movie route again by watching the 2018 movie “Mary Shelley”.
Host a Frankenstein Party
Dress up as the characters in the book, play trivia games, and even conduct small scientific experiments. Make (or order) Frankenstein-themed food, such as cakes in the shape of the protagonist, “dead” chicken fingers, etc. As Halloween is approaching, you can merge the two parties and spend a spooky night with the Frankenstein monster as the theme.
5 Interesting Facts about Frankenstein
Monster has no name
People often refer to creatures in books or movies as “Frankenstein”, but in reality, monsters are called “monster”, “creature”, “demon” and “it”.
There are multiple Frankenstein Days
Other Frankenstein-themed events include National Frankenstein Day and Frankenstein Day.
The first book review is not kind
When the book first came out in 1818, many critics criticized it, but due to the popularity of Gothic novels during that period, it quickly reached the top of the “reading” list.
This is the first science fiction novel
Many people think that “Frankenstein” is the first science fiction novel. Through it, Mary Shelley also invented the concept of “mad scientist” and helped establish the genre of horror fiction.
The monster we know
James Whale’s 1931 movie “Frankenstein” shaped the creatures in our minds today—square heads, heavy eyelids, and bolts on the neck.
National Frankenstein Friday Messages
National Frankenstein Friday is a day to celebrate Mary Shelley’s iconic novel and the enduring legacy of Frankenstein’s monster. Here are some messages to mark the occasion:
“Happy National Frankenstein Friday! May your day be filled with a little bit of science, a touch of curiosity, and a whole lot of monster-sized fun!”
- “On this Frankenstein Friday, let’s remember the power of literature to spark our imaginations and explore the boundaries of science and ethics.”
- “Wishing you a monstrously good National Frankenstein Friday! It’s a day to celebrate the brilliance of Mary Shelley and her timeless creation.”
- “Happy Frankenstein Friday! May your day be filled with electrifying ideas and thrilling adventures, just like Victor Frankenstein’s experiments.”
- “Frankenstein’s monster may be a symbol of fear, but today, let’s celebrate the creativity and imagination that brought him to life. Happy Frankenstein Friday!”
- “On National Frankenstein Friday, may you find inspiration in the enduring tale of science, ambition, and the consequences of playing with nature’s secrets.”
- “Cheers to Mary Shelley and the enduring legacy of Frankenstein! May this Frankenstein Friday remind us of the power of storytelling to captivate our hearts and minds.”
- “As we celebrate Frankenstein Friday, let’s appreciate the complex character of the monster and the themes of identity, compassion, and the human condition it represents.”
- “Frankenstein’s monster may be stitched together, but the story it tells is beautifully woven. Happy National Frankenstein Friday!”
- “Embrace the mysteries and moral dilemmas of Frankenstein’s creation on this National Frankenstein Friday. It’s a day to explore the depths of human curiosity.”
- “Celebrate National Frankenstein Friday with a sense of wonder and a willingness to question the boundaries of science and ethics.”
- “As we mark Frankenstein Friday, let’s remember that sometimes our creations can become our greatest challenges. What will you create today?”
- “Happy Frankenstein Friday! May you find inspiration in the cautionary tale of Frankenstein and his quest to conquer the mysteries of life.”
- “On this Frankenstein Friday, let’s reflect on the enduring relevance of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece and the questions it raises about science, humanity, and ambition.”
- “Wishing you a monstrously good Frankenstein Friday! May your day be filled with fascinating ideas, just like those brought to life in Shelley’s novel.”
Feel free to use these messages to share your appreciation for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or to spark conversations about science, ethics, and literature on National Frankenstein Friday.
National Frankenstein Friday Wishes
Here are some National Frankenstein Friday wishes to celebrate this day:
- “Happy National Frankenstein Friday! May your day be filled with electrifying excitement and monstrous fun.”
- “On this Frankenstein Friday, may your curiosity be as boundless as Victor Frankenstein’s ambition.”
- “Wishing you a thrilling National Frankenstein Friday filled with the magic of Mary Shelley’s timeless tale.”
- “May your National Frankenstein Friday be a day of literary inspiration, scientific wonder, and awe at the power of storytelling.”
- “Celebrate National Frankenstein Friday with a dash of science, a pinch of curiosity, and a whole lot of monstrous delight.”
- “Here’s to Mary Shelley and her enduring creation. Happy National Frankenstein Friday!”
- “On this special day, let’s raise a toast to the enduring legacy of Frankenstein’s monster and the imagination of Mary Shelley.”
- “May your National Frankenstein Friday be filled with creativity, exploration, and a touch of the macabre.”
- “Happy Frankenstein Friday! May you find inspiration in the timeless story of science and its consequences.”
- “As we celebrate National Frankenstein Friday, let’s reflect on the profound questions it raises about life, creation, and humanity.”
- “Wishing you a monstrously good National Frankenstein Friday! May it be filled with all the elements of a classic tale.”
- “Embrace the mysteries of science and the power of storytelling on this National Frankenstein Friday.”
- “On this Frankenstein Friday, let’s appreciate the brilliance of Mary Shelley and the enduring fascination of her creation.”
- “Celebrate National Frankenstein Friday with a spark of curiosity and an appreciation for the enduring impact of this iconic story.”
- “May your National Frankenstein Friday be a day of literary exploration, scientific wonder, and a celebration of Mary Shelley’s legacy.”
Feel free to use these wishes to share your enthusiasm for National Frankenstein Friday with friends, family, and fellow enthusiasts of Mary Shelley’s iconic creation.