Frankenstein Friday is celebrated in America every last Friday of October to honor Mary Shelley’s iconic character, Frankenstein. The celebration was founded in 1997 by Ryan McCloskey from New Jersey.
Mary Shelley created Frankenstein when she was only 20 years old. It happened in 1816 when Shelley went to Geneva to her friend, the poet Byron. They were forced to stay inside due to the rainy weather and the climatic anomalies caused by a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. To entertain themselves, Byron suggested a competition to create the best mystery story. Shelley won the competition with her story about Frankenstein, which was first published anonymously. Later, Shelley republished the story under her own name.
For two centuries, Frankenstein has been featured in films and cartoons, poems, and horror stories, thus continuing to capture the public’s imagination. Mary Shelley assured that she herself came up with the name of the hero, but some critics believe that it was influenced by the castle of the same name.
- Frankenstein is translated as “stone of the Franks”.
- The mountain range where the castle is located is said to be home to many mysteries, such as sightings of UFOs, ghosts, and unusual noises.
- Mary Shelley was only 18 years old when she came up with the novel.
- Despite its popularity, the novel did not win any literary awards.
How to take part
There are plenty of ways to take part in Frankenstein Friday. Watch film adaptations of Frankenstein and compare them. Discuss the shooting, details, and scale of the picture with friends. Read the original version of the book to understand how it has been changed in modern times. You can also throw a Frankenstein themed party and invite your friends over, with costume requirements for added fun.
When is Frankenstein Friday celebrated in 2023?
Frankenstein Friday is observed on the last Friday of October each year.