Did You Know That Frankenstein Is NOT The Monster, But The Doctor?

By Editorial Staff in Entertainment On 20th September 2015

#1 Did You Know That Frankenstein Is NOT The Monster, But The Doctor?

It was Doctor Frankenstein who created the "monster" known only as Frankensteins Monster.

#2 Who is Frankenstein?

It is a common misconception that the monster built by using different parts and machinery is named Frankenstein. In fact, Frankenstein is the doctor who made the monster. And in fact, for the second time, the monster was just referred to as "monster", "creature", "demon", and other hideous names throughout the story.

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#3 Author Mary Shelley

She began writing what she assumed would be a short story. With Percy Shelley's encouragement, she expanded this tale into her first novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818. It occurred to her in a dream while on vacatio in Switzerland that summer.


Since Frankenstein was published anonymously in 1818, readers and critics argued over its origins and the contributions of the two Shelleys to the book. There are differences in the 1818, 1823, and 1831 editions, and Mary Shelley wrote, "I certainly did not owe the suggestion of one incident, nor scarcely of one train of feeling, to my husband, and yet but for his incitement, it would never have taken the form in which it was presented to the world." She wrote that the preface to the first edition was Percy's work "as far as I can recollect." James Rieger concluded Percy's "assistance at every point in the book's manufacture was so extensive that one hardly knows whether to regard him as editor or minor collaborator", while Anne K. Mellor later argued Percy only "made many technical corrections and several times clarified the narrative and thematic continuity of the text."

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#5 Did Mary Shelley Even Write "Frankenstein?"

Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, said that the name was derived from a dream. But there are rumors surrounding it that it is not original at all. In German, Frankenstein literally translates to "stone of the Franks". Coincidentally, the name is seen all-throughout Germany, one that stands out is Castle Frankenstein. And guess what? Somewhere near Castle Frankenstein lived an alchemist named Konrad Dippel. Which gives a whole new perspective to the character Frankenstein.

#6 Deucalion??

Okay, I'm going to drop the bomb now. Actually, the monster has a name, but it was not named by Mary Shelley, but by Dean Koontz' film (writer) Frankenstein (2004). The name? Deucalion. The monster mistakenly known for the doctor is actually named Deucalion, but not within its 200 years of existence, hence making it non-canon. But I believe it's better to call it Deucalion rather than call it "monster", right?

Another tidbit that you might enjoy is that it is pronounced as "FRAN KEN STEEN" not "FRAN KEN STA YN".

#7 Sequels and Remakes

Frankenstein has appeared in over 80 films since it's inception. The original in 1910 and remade in 1930 (The version we all know.) Since that time, the "monster" has been revised and manipulated into many different versions.

#8 The Bride Of Frankenstein

One of the most popular sequels to the original film was "Bride of Frankenstein" in 1935. Even a monster needs a wife.

#9 The Sequels Continued...

The next sequels in 1943 was "The House of Frankenstein" which also provided a radio and television series with the same title.

Some of the other films bringing back the "monster" include "Frankenstein Meets The Werewolf," "The Evil of Frankenstein," "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed," and even "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein."

#10 Young Frankenstein

Proving to be even more popular than the original movie & book, Mel Books "Young Frankenstein" in 1974.

The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s. Most of the lab equipment used as props was created by Kenneth Strickfaden for the 1931 film Frankenstein. To help evoke the atmosphere of the earlier films, Brooks shot the picture entirely in black-and-white, a rarity in the 1970s, and employed 1930s-style opening credits and scene transitions such as iris outs, wipes, and fades to black. The film also features a period score by Brooks' longtime composer John Morris.

A critical favorite and box office smash, Young Frankenstein ranks No. 28 on Total Film magazine's readers' "List of the 50 Greatest Comedy Films of All Time"

#11 The Genre Continues..

"Victor Frankenstein" from 2015 stars Danielle Radcliff.

Told from Igor's perspective, we see the troubled young assistant's dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today.