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Vault of Frankenstein: 200 Years of the World's Most Famous Monster Hardcover – 27 Sept. 2018
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About the Author
Paul Ruditis is a New York Times best-selling author and pop culture addict who has written companion books for TV shows, including The Walking Dead, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Star Trek, and The West Wing. His diverse resume also includes original young adult novels, comic books, and novelty books for all ages.
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Crafted and curated with love, the book contains wonderful set photographs and illustrations to supplement the well researched text, which is packed full of fascinating tidbits. The book is laid out in a logical manner, beginning with the by now well known story of how the story came into being, as well as its publication history. The next section deals with the various stage adaptations and the early film productions before the Universal design which has become so well known and beloved as to be synonymous with the character, before moving on to the various other additions to the franchise ( and the myth) including the beloved Bride of Frankenstein. We then learn about how the arrival of TV brought the character to a whole new audience who had never seen the original movies , and how attempts have been made more recently to bring the character back to the screen , both on film and television. Of course no discussion of Frankenstein would be complete without a look at the comedy horrors where he has featured, from his adventures with Abbott and Costello in the 1940's to the award winning and enduringly popular Young Frankenstein , and of course not forgetting the lovable Herman Munster. Frankenstein has also had an enduring appeal for children, appearing in cartoons like Scooby Doo, comic books and on cereal boxes , as well as inspiring films such as Frankenweeie and even his grand daughter appears on Monster High and is a popular doll. From toys to stamps, books to computer games the legend of Frankenstein lives on, continuing to grow and evolve with seemingly endless popularity, and this book will appeal to anyone who considers themselves a fan.
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
In this wonderfully entertaining and informative book we learn of how the original story has been adapted, altered and developed across a variety of mediums including television theatre, books, comics and probably most importantly films. Indeed when one hears the word Frankenstein many including myself instantly think of the monster played by Boris Karloff in the three Universal Studios movies of the 1930's. Indeed it was Hollywood that would popularise and bring to a mass audience what was at the time a well respected but perhaps not that widely read piece of classic literature. If you have ever read the original book you will appreciate how the original story line has been changed and reinterpreted in subsequent offerings over the years. For instance there is no character called Igor in the book.
The book is full of wonderful photographs of the film actors who have played the monster together with movie posters and more recent offerings that have included TV spin offs, comics, postage stamps and even breakfast cereals. Although I would say that a large section of the book is devoted to film which includes the 1950's Hammer House relaunch and Mel Brook's 1974 Young Frankenstein send up there are sections devoted to other aspects including pop culture. It is interesting how the notion of a man created monster has developed and been deployed over the years. This is I believe is an ideal book for a horror or film fan and would look visually good on the bookshelf.
A review copy was provided by the publisher.
Over the years the story of this tortured soul has been told in many different ways and this book delves into them with beautiful photos and inside information which is a fascinating read not only for fans of Frankenstein but also classic horror in general