One of my all-time favorite novels is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and it didn't even become my favorite until about three years ago because I had never read it! Me, the English Teaching wannabe had never read anything by Mary Shelley until then. Crazy, I know. I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE this work. There are so many layers to explore and then it is still a captivating story when you take it merely at face value.
My favorite quote comes from the part when Victor is facing his choice to neglect family, friends, and his academic studies to pursue his new found passion:
The reader can visualize Mary Shelley getting on her soapbox and telling it like it is through Victor Frankenstein. The coolest part about this quote is that it was published in 1818--nearly two hundred years ago--and it rings true to this day.
If you have read Frankenstein, post your favorite quote or section. I would love to see what strikes you.
If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. The writing style is fantastic; the story is extremely more in-depth than any of the goofball movies that have been made; and you can learn a few things about how actions speak louder than words.