Year of the Books Chat: December

It might be off-season to read Frankenstein for Christmas, but the gloomy days of a Southern winter make for perfect reading weather.

Frankenstein is an epistolary novel, meaning it was written in a letter format. Well-written epistolaries make it easy to believe the events are true. They suck the reader in, making the audience a character who is intimately close to the events. As the horror unfolds, it’s all the harder to remember that we’re only reading fiction.

The eighteenth century saw many other epistolary novels, including Dracula. One wonders if Dracula and Frankenstein’s lasting popularity is in-part due to this writing style.

The Year of the Books 2020 has come to a close. You can review the 2021 prompt list now. Already know what you’re reading? Share it below or on social media with #YearoftheBooks.

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About Jillian Murphy

Jillian Murphy served as the Assistant Managing Editor of the UNG Press from 2017 to 2021. She is a writer and editor who specializes in kid lit, copyediting, and lame puns. Murphy is a UNG alumna, class of 2016.

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