Mary Shelley

Get Your First Look at Elle Fanning as Original Goth Teen Mary Shelley
Get Your First Look at Elle Fanning as Original Goth Teen Mary Shelley
Before The Craft, before the advent of Hot Topic, before the girl in the Siouxsie and the Banshees T-shirt from Wet Hot American Summer — there was Mary Shelley. The original goth teen has remained a fixture of high school literature curricula on the virtue of her masterpiece Frankenstein, surely the most important text in the English language ever composed as part of a drunken dare. But she lived a rich life beyond the page as well, romancing the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley before marrying him at age 18, and essentially living more freely than women were expected to at the time. Shelley was morbid but funny, lovely but intense, a staunch character begging for the biopic treatment.