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Mary Shelley in fiction? 
21st-Nov-2011 10:01 pm
So, I've been strongly tempted to propose a FOGcon panel based on my glee at the fact that our "ghost of honor", Mary Shelley, is actually a canonical Doctor Who companion. However, as a premise for a panel, it's a bit thin. I'm not sure there's much to say beyond, "Yeah, it's totally the Doctor's fault that Frankenstein got written," and "You haven't heard Big Finish? Dude, you've got to hear Big Finish?"*

However, one could make the panel idea a bit more broad-based by looking at fictional portrayals of Mary Shelley in general. Except I don't actually know of any beyond the aforementioned Doctor Who audios. So, help me, internets - have you read, watched, or listened to other fiction featuring Mary Shelley?

*I could propose a panel on "Audio drama as an under-appreciated art form in America." Do you think it would draw more audience members than panelists?
22nd-Nov-2011 06:43 am (UTC)
I'm following the Big Finish audios as well - enjoyed The Silver Turk, left a little cold by The Witch From The Well.

In Brian Aldiss's novel Frankenstein Unbound she has a fling with the time-travelling viewpoint character. It was made into a film (which I haven't seen) by Roger Corman, with Bridget Fonda playing Mary.

IMDB has a list of 23 cinematic portrayals</b> but the only one I'd heard of was Natasha Richardson in Gothic.
22nd-Nov-2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'll have to have a look at Frankenstein Unbound. Thanks!
22nd-Nov-2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
Warning... I have heard that it's kind of... Brian Aldiss Gary-Stu 'I want to tap Mary Shelley' fanfic.

But then... I'm also not a fan of 'To Your Scattered Bodies Go' because of the Sir Richard Burton/Alice Liddell RPF.
22nd-Nov-2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
Duly noted. (Also, I haven't read 'To Your Scattered Bodies Go' in years, and had kind of forgotten about the Richard Burton/Alice Liddell thing, but...yeah.)

Really, I think most science fiction novels published in the 70s should have "Warning: May Have Issues" emblazoned on the cover.
22nd-Nov-2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Er, I don't suppose Hark, a Vagrant counts....
22nd-Nov-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not sure how much panel material I can mine out of that, but that's great. Thank you!

(Given the way he's portrayed in fiction, I'm starting to think we could do a panel called "Percy Bysshe Shelley: Jerk or Dickhead?", but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish.)
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