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Thursday, September 2, 2010


Four madly beautiful young and gifted people spend an unforgettable time together at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland. They get into all sorts of stuff: drinking and cavorting and guess what during all that imbibing and frolicing two literary masterpieces get penned!

But the really interesting thing is they were penned by the two ‘dark horses’ who were there!

I mean everyone expected great writing from Lord Byron and Percy Shelley not Shelley’s 19 year old fiancĂ©, Mary Wollstonecraft nor Byron’s personal physician, John Polidori!

No one including Mary or Polidori expected it either!

The somewhat eccentric but brilliant British Director, Ken Russell made a gem of a film for us in 1986. Like a rare exotic fruit this intoxicating film exposes for our discernment this remarkable time!

Lord Byron with his physician John Polidori along with Percy Shelly and Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley’s fiancĂ© and her half sister Clare Claremont (madly in love with Bryon btw) spend an amazing time at Bryon's summer residence the villa which we get to see!

About those masterpieces: The Vampyre is actually a short story.

It is considered to be the first story successfully to fuse the disparate elements of vampirism into a coherent literacy genre.
- Christopher Frayling.

The story is about Lord Ruthven who no one knows is a vampire! Pretty interesting  considering Lord Byron was once described by Lady Caroline Lamb as 'mad bad and dangerous to know!'

Perhaps Polidori was inspired to write such a tale!

As for Frankenstein the iconic horror story about the creature that arose from a crazy quilt of dead tissue  and a few well-placed electrical charges is worth considering in light of the fact that there were actually experiments being conducted at the time by those who believed such things were possible!

Mary certainly would have known that and been interested. I think it both fascinated and troubled her and I think what came out of all of that was a vivid nightmare, a great and fantastic nightmare that she shared with the world!

Now about the film, Gothic:

The film allows us a glimpse into the creative process. We get a look at four unique human beings—three of whom were great writers.

As for Clare she was in love with Byron who was not the sort our mothers tend to approve of. She went on (not depicted in this film) to bear a child for him that tragically died. A daughter that Bryon wound up keeping her from seeing!

But I digress. Suffice it to say I feel Gothic is terrific because it captures something memorable--we get a look-in at mad genius and romanticism gone wild!

Gothic is gothic in every way. It is for us as Byron was to Lady Lamb: mad, bad and dangerous to know!

So come on! Take a walk on the wild side, watch Gothic and experience something unforgettable!


Nicole MacDonald said...

Sounds freaky - and possibly confusing ;p will have a look for it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Nicole! it is a bit freaky but fun. But madness and genius run neck and neck sometimes, i mean real genius.
And in the hands of Ken Rusesell we get a really interesting film.
I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Vatche said...

I'll definitely check out the movie! I remember trying to watch it before and not being able to finish it because it wouldn't load properly. I will try again though after seeing that trailer!

I read FRANKENSTEIN just last year for my English class and though it wasn't what I first thought it would be, it has left an impression in my mind that has changed my thoughts about Gothic literature. I definitely need to read more on it though.

Write on and awesome post!

Anonymous said...

Wow Vatche, thank you!
Yes, so true. just the fact that these four people were all together in one place over a fairly short time and two masterpieces came out of that is fantastic.
i'm sure you'll like the film it is as i said mad and bad and deliciously wild.
And really Lord Ruthven had to be modeled after Bryon! Actually, can't think of the title now someone wrote a novel wherein Lord Byron is a vampire! Polidari as his doctor would have known Byron completely and perhaps WAS inspired.
many thanks for your comment!
thanks so much

Nomar Knight said...

Excellent post. Mary Shelly is one of my all-time favorites. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much Nomar!
You know there's a great novel to read that I think you would quite like.
It's true it's a fictionalized account of Mary Shelly's life (which includes these amazinng people).
The novel is Passion and the author is Jude Morgan.
It is unforgettable!
thanks again!