Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Does this tale of psychological horror count as science fiction? Well, Dr. Jekyll’s experiments in “transcendental medicine” are at least as scientific as those of Dr. Frankenstein and his search for the electrical elixir of life. Both novels also present interesting types of the mad scientist figure who would go on to become such a staple and then a cliché of the genre. They aren’t noble researchers daring to go where no one has gone before in order to benefit mankind and accidentally unleashing demons along the way, but rather obsessive loners who know what they’re doing is wrong. Dr. Jekyll may be a decent fellow in some ways, but he has a double nature and wants to unleash his dark side. His conclusion is justifiably pessimistic: “Other will follow, others will outstrip me on the same lines.”
5 thoughts on “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”
Are they real people?
As real as any of us.
Whoa, whoa, WHOA THERE. Just what do you think you’re doing, posting a review? I thought you were on another bin binge and hitting the bottles hard? You can’t tell us you’re going to go away and then post something again. That’s just not cool man, totally not cool. So since you fell off the wagon, can we expect more posts? Or is your daddy making you go back to rehab? ♪ohhh, nooo, no,no♪
I read this in highschool and never went back. I’d like to at some point just so I have a record. Plus, my memory of details is probably more based on reviews I’ve read over the years than anything I actually remember.
Not updating the movie site, and won’t be for another week-plus. But still posting a weekly SF review here.
This is worth reading again I think. I’ve been over it half a dozen times and it keeps getting darker.
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Ohhh, so your hiatus wasn’t total, just for movies.
I applaud that decision.
Maybe I need to add it to my tbr now so I’ll get to it next year 😀