Why I Love Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley is an inspiration to me.  I read (most) of Frankenstein when I was in grade school, and back then I didn’t understand that her being able to have her name on the second edition of the book in 1823 was a huge accomplishment.  Now, I realize that a lot of female authors around that time had to publish their writings under a pseudonym in order to be taken seriously.  What’s even more impressive is how young she was when she wrote and published the book.  Mary Shelley started writing Frankenstein when she was 18 years old, and it was published when she was 20.

While there were other books written before Frankenstein that had fantastical elements, Shelley’s book was the first to have a character that deliberately chose to turn to a lab and modern science in order to create those supernatural elements.  This is the primary reason why she’s considered one of the founders of science fiction.

In addition to authoring Frankenstein, Shelley wrote historical novels (Valperga and Perkin Warbeck), an apocalyptic novel RothwellMaryShelleyentitled The Last Man, and two additional novels (Lodore and Falkner); these novels were written between 1823 and 1837.  She also wrote a travel book called Rambles in Germany and Italy (1844), and she wrote biographical essays for Cabinet Cyclopaedia (1829-46).  She contributed to ladies’ magazines as well.  So, besides being one of the founders of science fiction at a very young age, she was a prolific writer, she did work as an editor, and she also transcribed poems for other writers, including Lord Byron.

Mary Shelley lived and breathed writing.  She was encouraged from a young age to write letters, and it paid off, making her, a young female,  a legend in the literary world. As such, her immense contributions to writing and science fiction will always be remembered.


LL Lemke is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loves writing science fiction and fantasy— or anything that is character driven. She still kind of wants to be a superhero or a ninja. She has a soft spot for villains in fiction.  She also loves reading (which is one reason she's Germ's indie book reviewer). Some favorites are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, JK Rowling... If she met any of them, she’s pretty sure she'd be completely unable to form coherent sentences. She is also a martial artist, with a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and currently training for her 3rd degree. She loves the martial arts almost as much as she loves writing. She enjoys incorporating the martial arts into her writing as well!  You can find her on tumblr and twitter, as well as visit her author page and blog.  Want to recommend an indie book for her to review?  Contact her at laura@germmagazine.com.


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