Get in Bed with Frank and Scarlett

Summer Reading Programs are no longer just for kids.  Adults (age 18+) are invited to stop by the El Toro Branch Library to pick up a reading log for a chance to win some great prizes.  This year’s theme is Between the Covers in which two iconic literary characters encourage you to read: Scarlett O’Hara and Frankenstein.  Here are some of their recommendations.

First published in 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was an instant bestseller, and has enjoyed continued success ever since.  The tale is well-known: a spoiled headstrong heroine comes of age just as the Civil War sweeps away her privileged lifestyle.  The 1991 sequel authorized by the Mitchell estate, Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley, is set during Reconstruction and continues the story as Scarlett chases Rhett to Charleston.  The 2001 novel The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall reinterprets GWTW from the perspective of the slaves, and provides critical insight into the inherent racism found in the original book.

People familiar with Frankenstein as portrayed by Boris Karloff may not recognize the character in the 1817 book written by Mary Shelley.  In the movie, Frankenstein has an abnormal brain and doesn’t speak.  In the book, he has a normal brain, and not only does he speak, he's prone to philosophical diatribes about the fate of mankind.  The 2009 novel The Case Book of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd is a literate recasting of Mary Shelley’s classic in which medical student Victor Frankenstein imbibes fellow student Percy Shelley’s belief in the perfectibility of mankind.  For those not in the mood for serious themes, you might try Dean Koontz’s revision Frankenstein: Prodigal Son a grisly thriller updating the mad scientist plot.  

1 comment:

SH said...

Check the OC Public Libraries webpage to view other library branches offering Adult Reading Programs too! I know the Costa Mesa/Donald Dungan Library is offering a summer reading program for adults and I know some other branches are too. Don't let the kids have all the fun this summer!