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Year Without a Summer by Mary Shelley

During the rainy summer of 1816, the “Year Without a Summer”, the world was locked in a long cold volcanic winter caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. Mary Shelley, aged 18, and her lover (and later husband) Percy Bysshe Shelley, visited Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The weather was consistently too cold and dreary that summer to enjoy the outdoor holiday activities they had planned, so the group retired indoors until dawn. Sitting around a log fire at Byron's villa, the company amused themselves by reading German ghost stories translated into French from the book Fantasmagoriana, then Byron proposed that they “each write a ghost story”. Unable to think of a story, young Mary became anxious: “Have you thought of a story? I was asked each morning, and each morning I was forced to reply with a mortifying negative.” During one evening in the middle of summer, the discussions turned to the nature of the principle of life. “Perhaps a corpse would be re-animated”, Mary noted, “galvanism had given token of such things”. It was after midnight before they retired, and unable to sleep, she became possessed by her imagination as she beheld the grim terrors of her “waking dream”. She began writing what she assumed would be a short story, but it ended up being the classical Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. John Lee Hancock 50% 
  2. 2. Tom Hooper 50% 

Cast Results

Mary Shelley Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Emma Watson 50% 
  2. 2. Daisy Ridley 50% 

Percy Bysshe Shelley Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Kyle Gallner 50% 
  2. 2. Jeremy Irvine 50% 

Lord Byron Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Colin Hanks 50% 
  2. 2. Eddie Redmayne 50% 

Victor Frankenstein (Mary's Imagination) Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Russell Crowe 50% 
  2. 2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson 50% 

The Creature (Mary's Imagination) Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Billy Zane 50% 
  2. 2. Robert Maillet 50% 

John William Polidori Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Robert Sheehan 50% 
  2. 2. Augustus Prew 50% 

Claire Clairmont Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Maisie Williams 50% 
  2. 2. Holliday Grainger 50% 

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