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Frankenstein: The app that’s a monster hit – News – Books – The Independent

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Rewriting Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for a digital edition might seem a monstrous idea, but prominent academics applauded the proposal yesterday, predicting that it will reach out to a new generation of readers.

A leading independent British publisher has commissioned a complete reworking of the original 1818 story of the “mad scientist” who creates a monster that eventually kills him.

Profile Books will launch “a literary, interactive book app” this week, featuring classics into whose narrative readers are drawn by a series of options at crucial decision-points.

Michael Bhaskar, the digital publishing director at Profile, said: “No one has done this with a classic book.”

Although Shelley’s original has been enhanced with graphics and 18th and 19th century anatomical drawings, and reset in revolutionary France, academics who have been given a preview say it is closer to Shelley’s original than many of the numerous film adaptations that played fast and loose with the story. Dave Morris, a best-selling author and game designer, has revised the text in collaboration with Inkle Studio, a software design company. They have reinvented the choose-your-own-narrative format as an app for iPad or iPhone, an approach that had until now been confined to fantasy fiction. Mr Bhaskar said: “What we wanted to do was bring it out into the literary mainstream.”

via Frankenstein: The app that’s a monster hit – News – Books – The Independent.

Strange Random Frankenstein Quote:

It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open.

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