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2012.06.24.08.41

dedicated to Mary Shelley : The Woman Who Created "Frankenstein"

Someone's Always Tryin' To Start My Baby Cryin'
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The collage of dedicated to "Mary Shelley : The Woman Who Created "Frankenstein" depends on three actresses who acted as Mary Shelley on three movies. The original images for this collage, you can find here, there and everywhere.


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The words "Someone's Always Tryin' To Start My Baby Cryin'" is taken from the lyrics of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" from the album "Thriller" by MIchael Jackson.

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The novel "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus" was written by Mary Shelley, when she was 18 years old and published anonymously in London in 1818, she was just 21 years old.
The upper image was the Illustration from the frontispiece of the 1831 edition by Theodor von Holst.

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In summer of 1816, Mary Shelley, aged 18, and her lover (and later husband) Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. This summer was called the "The Year Without A Summer", beacause the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. So, the weather was consistently too cold and dreary that summer to enjoy the outdoor holiday activities they had planned, so the group retired indoors until dawn.
The upper image of left is "Percy Bysshe Shelley" by Alfred Clint.
The upper image of right is "Portrait Of Lord Byron by Thomas Phillips.

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They spent the time sitting around a log fire at Lord Byron's villa, the company also amused themselves by reading German ghost stories. And when prompting Lord Byron to suggest they each write their own supernatural tale.
Shortly afterward, in a waking dream, Mary Shelley conceived the idea for "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus".
By Lord Byron's Suggest, his doctor John William Polidori created the novel "The Vampyre", too.
The upper images are "John William Polidori" by F.G. Gainsford (left) and "The Vampire" by Philip Burne-Jones (right).

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Some movies picked up this episode and described why and how Mary Shelley conceived and created the story about "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus".
The upper image is "Villa Diodati At Coligny", where Mary Shelley and John William Polidori conceived their novels (sorry, I can't find who painted this picture).

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In 1935, in the movie "Bride Of Frankenstein" directed by James Whale, Elsa Lanchester acted as Mary Shelley.
With Gavin Gordon as Lord Byron and Douglas Walton as Percy Bysshe Shelley.
The upper images are the movie poster for "Bride Of Frankenstein" (left) and Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley on the movie (right).

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In 1986, in the movie "Gothic" directed by Ken Russell, Natasha Richardson acted as Mary Shelley.
With Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley and Timothy Spall as John William Polidori.
The upper images are the movie poster for "Gothic" (left) and Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley with Timothy Spall and Julian Sands on the movie (right).

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In 1988, in the movie "Remando al Viento aka Rowing With The Wind" directed by Gonzalo Suarez. Lizzy McInnerny acted as Mary Shelley.
With Hugh Grant as Lord Byron, Valentine Pelka as Percy Bysshe Shelley and Jose Luis Gomez as John William Polidori.
The upper images are the movie poster for "Remando al Viento aka Rowing With The Wind" (left) and Lizzy McInnerny as Mary Shelley on the movie (right).

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It is said that the storyline emerged from a dream of her, inspired from the conversation with Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and John William Polidori about galvanism and the feasibility of returning a corpse or assembled body parts to life, and to the experiments of the 18th-century natural philosopher and poet Erasmus Darwin, who was said to have animated dead matter.
In the movie "Gothic", the dream was described and symbolized like that she conceived a homunculus, from the inspiration of "The Nightmare" painted by Johann Heinrich Fussli.

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Anyway, if Mary Shelley sings the line "Someone's Always Tryin' To Start My Baby Cryin'" from the song "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", which is the child of her, Victor Frankenstein who created the monster or the monster who was created by Victor Frankenstein?
Maybe, MIchael Jackson is the one of the children of "Frankenstein". He must be.
The Upper image is "Portrait Of Mary Shelley" by Richard Rothwell.

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