– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The story behind the birth of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is legendary. It was a dark and stormy night. Lord Byron issued a challenge to her, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori to see who could write the best horror story. She was encouraged by Percy to turn it into a full novel, and the rest is history.

Now, we have the timeless tale of a man trying to play God by bringing a being to life. Countless films, novels, TV shows, comics, and pretty much every story in between have either been inspired by, or are adapting/ripping off this classic tale. But that “dark and story night” intro is only just a piece of the story. The grim reality is that Shelley had a hell of a time publishing it due to the fact that she was a woman.

In the upcoming film, Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning in the titular role, we get to see the story behind the story. Below is the official synopsis.

“She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.”

Mary Shelley hits theaters on May 25 and VOD on June 1, 2018.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.