With Halloween just around the corner, guys, girls, goblins, and ghouls anxiously await the spookiest night of the year. While some prepare for the celebrations with costumes and candy, others read scary stories such as Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein.
Frankenreads, a project of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) by encouraging fans around the world to organize or participate in events celebrating the novel — especially by conducting public readathons of the entire text on Halloween Day, October 31, 2018.
BYU’s Franken-festivities include three Frankenstein films at International Cinema, a House of Learning Lecture by English associate professors Dennis Cutchins and Dennis Perry of their new book Adapting Frankenstein, along with a screening of Frankenstein (1931) in the Harold B. Lee Library. Most of all, drop in to listen to the public reading outside the Joseph Fielding Smith Building on Halloween, including special ghost—I mean, guest—readers you won’t want to miss.
Unlike other universities, BYU’s celebration will offer a unique experience by featuring a variety of translations as part of the readathon. With two out of three students on campus fluent in a second language, audience members are encouraged to participate.
Sage Wheeler (Spanish & Portuguese ’19)