Episode 70 - Obsidian River Fiction Podcast

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The Dawn of Creation: Beginning Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" with Obsidian River

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a tale that needs little introduction. A cornerstone of Gothic literature and an early forebear of science fiction, its influence on popular culture and literature is undeniable. Yet, beyond its iconic status lies a story rich in depth, emotion, and philosophical musings.

A Haunting Beginning The story kicks off amidst the icy expanses of the Arctic, told through a series of mysterious letters. This setting, remote and desolate, immediately sets the tone for a narrative that constantly grapples with the boundaries of human ambition and the natural world. As Captain Walton’s ship ventures further into this cold abyss, a chance encounter with the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein heralds the tale’s true beginning.

More Than a Monster Many mistakenly equate “Frankenstein” solely with the creature brought to life by Victor. But as listeners of our latest episode will discover, Shelley’s narrative is far more intricate. The story delves into the psyche of its titular character, Victor Frankenstein, and chronicles his tumultuous journey of creation and consequence.

Why “Frankenstein” Matters Mary Shelley penned “Frankenstein” at a time of great scientific discovery and advancement. The novel contemplates the ethical implications of such advancements and questions humanity’s role as a creator. It’s a poignant reflection on ambition, responsibility, and, most importantly, humanity’s relentless pursuit of knowledge.

Obsidian River Productions’ Touch At Obsidian River, we believe in the timeless power of classic literature. Our rendition of “Frankenstein” is crafted with care and passion, aiming to transport listeners into Shelley’s haunting world. We take pride in preserving the integrity of the original text while presenting it in a way that resonates with modern audiences.

Join Us on This Journey As we embark on this serialized narration of “Frankenstein”, we invite you to join us. Listen, reflect, and engage with this masterful tale that continues to captivate and challenge readers even today.

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