6. Frankenstein (1818)
Author: Mary Shelly
The inspiration for Mary Shelly's Frankenstein was quite strange. You know when kids sit around the campfire and try to scare each other with ghost stories? It was kind of like that, except the people doing it were Percy Shelly, Mary Shelly, and Lord Byron, and when they were done Mary went off and wrote a novel. Not just any novel, either, but one you have to read before you die.
It makes you wonder if the idle entertainments of our generation will result in a great novel. Perhaps a group of people will sit around playing "Never Have I Ever" and chugging beers and a great work of art will emerge...or not.