What would Halloween be without a classic monster story? Rubbish, is what.
The original, and still unbeatable monster story, about alienation, technology and what it means to be human, every reading and rereading of this novel gives me something new to take from it.
Mansions, mystery, murder and giant ghost dogs? Yeah! I’m not especially into Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels (much as I try to be) but this one is fantastic. Perhaps it’s due to the lack of Sherlock Holmes within the story, because Sherlock without Cumberbatch just doesn’t do it for me.
The picture of Durian Gray preaches the message that giving into human temptation has the ability to make monsters of us all. That without our mortality, we’d be robbed of our conscience, our empathy, because we really only live good lives because we’re afraid of dying, right? By never having to concern himself with the consequences of his debauched lifestyle, Dorian Gray becomes a child with unlimited resources and no curfew. He’s basically just the original bratty child celebrity and I love him for that.