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The Curse of Frankenstein$
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Marcus K. Harmes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733858

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.001.0001

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The Book: Adapting Shelley

The Book: Adapting Shelley

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(p.47) Chapter Three: The Book: Adapting Shelley
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The Curse of Frankenstein
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Marcus K. Harmes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906733858.003.0004

This chapter discusses some of the deviations of the film from Mary Shelley's novel. It discusses how it was necessary for Hammer to condense plot, characters, and dialogue in order to create cinematically suitable and satisfying alternatives to the original novel, creating succinctness and cinematic impact in place of wordiness. The chapter discusses the transgressions that were made on the story's setting. In the film, Frankenstein barely sets foot outside his own front door as opposed to the journey he took to several places in the book. The chapter also discusses the transgressions made on several characters such as Victor Frankenstein, the Creature, Justine, and Elizabeth among others. There were notable changes to the portrayal of Victor Frankenstein, and the Creature, both appearing more demented than described in the novel. Justine and Elizabeth meet different fates in the film. Victor's relationships with the two women were distinctly colder to what was noted in the novel. Some characters and whole storylines were completely omitted. The chapter also discusses changes that were made to the dialogue and how speech was made to be briefer as compared to their dialogue in the novel.

Keywords:   deviations, Mary Shelley, cinematic impact, character deviations, transgressions, The Curse of Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein

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