Through the years there has been ongoing public interest in the Franklin Expedition. As respected Franklin scholar Russell Potter has enumerated:
“[T]he lost expedition of Sir John Franklin has fired the of imagination poets, dramatists, and novelists. At last count there were no fewer than nine book-length poetic treatments between 1856 and 2005, two plays (including Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens’s The Frozen Deep in 1857), and 24 novels, ranging from Jules Verne’s The Adventures of Captain Hatteras in 1864 to Richard Flanagan’s Wanting  … Essays by writers as diverse as George Eliot, Joseph Conrad, and Margaret Atwood, have tackled the Franklin fascination, and a full collection of all the historical studies, monographs, and illustrated books on the expedition would easily fill a room … [t]here have also been at least five full-length documentary films, although not yet a feature film of a purely dramatic sort.”
This interest has recently exploded worldwide with the discovery of the wrecks of Franklin’s two vessels, preserved in the Arctic. Also contributing to this was the extremely popular television series The Terror, which first aired in 2018.