Posted on 06/16/2022 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

As you've maybe already seen on the reader newswire, today is the 204th anniversary of inspiration striking Mary Shelley for Frankenstein

Clearly, the novel shows no signs of aging. 

A 2021 study found that Frankenstein is the most commonly assigned work of literature in US colleges, and just this year, the Guardian reported that it sells 40,000 copies a year — more copies than 99 percent of all newly released titles, according to Catherine Baab-Muguira's research. 

So for that reason, Baab-Muguira sat down to figure out how, exactly, these other writers can aim to replicate (or come close to) Shelley's success.

She shared her thoughts on why Frankenstein has enjoyed such long-lived popularity in a guest post for Jane Friedman's blog. 

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