Did anyone watch "Young Frankenstein" and "Frankenstein by Mary Shelly" movies?? cuz i'm so confused about their story is it the same or not?  It's mentioned that the screen story and the screen...

Did anyone watch "Young Frankenstein" and "Frankenstein by Mary Shelly" movies?? cuz i'm so confused about their story is it the same or not?


It's mentioned that the screen story and the screen play of "Young Frankenstein" by Gene Wilder and Mel Brooks (Based on characters in the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly).

I just wanna know whether they have the same story or just they have the same name of characters??

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It seems to me that if you are looking for a film of the Shelley novel, stay away from the Mel Brooks creation until you are fairly familiar with the text or the story.  I think that watching the 1994 version with Kenneth Branagh and Robert De Niro might be a good start.  Naturally, reading the text in conjunction with the film could help you develop a better understanding of both and be able to make serious points as to where the film succeeds and falls short or where the novel surpasses.  After this, I would suggest watching the Mel Brooks version.  I think that his sardonic style and humor can be fully appreciated when understanding his targets.  Certainly, some of the jokes can be grasped without full understanding, but a more meaningful humor experience would be present if one were able identify where his jokes are and the text would be a good set up for this.

mkcapen1 | Student

I have watched both movies recently as I just attended a teacher's training at a science academy on Frankenstein. The Gene Wilder movie is actually a spoof of the book by Mary Shelly.  He is a nutty kind of Victor Frankenstein who has an odd housekeeper and a hunchback for an assistant.  He has a finance that is pretty bossy and dominating.  He hires an attractive assistant and cheats on his girlfriend with her.

The creation is also silly and Victor teaches him to sing and dance to the song "Puttin’ on the Ritz."  When the creature sees fire he freaks and causes an uproar.  The townspeople go after him to kill him, but everything works out.  In the end the creature ends up with Frankenstein's fiancé and Victor gets to be with his assistant who makes him much happier.

Mary Shelly's book Frankenstein was much better represented in a film in which Robert Dinero stars as the creature.  It is based on the book and does a much better job of interpreting the book.

lola21 | Student

Thank you so much for your helpful information which will help me in my study for this novel and sure i'll do as you both adviced me to watch the 1994 version 1st.

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