In 1814, Regency-era London, Mary Wollstonecraft-Godwin is a 16 year old aspiring writer working in the bookshop of her father, renowned writer William Godwin, now re-married to Mary Jane Clairmont after the passing of his first wife, philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft. Mary Jane's daughter, Claire Clairmont and Mary have become close stepsisters. Whilst visiting Scotland at the house of one of William's friends, Mary meets the 21 year old poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and an instant attraction sparks between them. Returning to London a little time later, Mary unexpectedly meets Percy again when he appears at her house, asking William to take him on as an apprentice. Fascinated by Percy, Mary begins a bohemian and torrid relationship with him, despite the opposition of her father and her stepmother, especially after they discover Percy is married with a daughter whom he supports but no longer loves. Determined to be free and live on her own terms, Mary flees with Percy to live together, ...Written by
Chockys, updated by Shannon Britton-Jones
When Mary is in Scotland and the lumberjacks are "chopping wood", the axe hits are heard instantly as the axes hit the wood, without the delay that would result from sound having to travel to where the main characters are walking. See more »
This film tells the story of Mary, the daughter of two literary stars. The story concentrates on her life, and the circumstances which inspired her famous story "Frankenstein".
The story is very good because it captures emotions wonderfully. From love, jealousy, loneliness, disappointment, arrogance and despair, emotions are skilfully displayed on screen. I find the story captivating, and I am drawn to the characters' less than fortunate world.
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