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I'm looking for a book series in which a femme fatale is the main character.

Asked by luigirovatti (2869points) May 11th, 2021

An example might be, though she didn’t go through in the end, “Gone Girl”.

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Mimishu1995's avatar

Vanity Fair. Becky is a femme fatale before femme fatale is a thing.

Caravanfan's avatar

Book series that starts with Codename Villanelle. Basis of the TV show Killing Eve

KNOWITALL's avatar

It’s pretty dark but the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is one of my favorites. She’s less a femme fatale than a woman seeking justice.

kneesox's avatar

Gone with the Wind is a series all under one cover. Read the book. The movie is great, but the book lasts longer. It’s a product of its own time and very different from our time, but a hell of a story anyway.

@Mimishu1995, oh, I don’t know. There’s Delilah. Cleopatra. Circe. Die Lorelei. I’m sure every culture has at least one because it is a trope from ancient time. Eve for instance.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Some children’s and young adult literature that comes to mind:
* Madeleine L’Engle’s novels, especially “The Austin Family Chronicles”
* L. Frank Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” series
* “Little House” series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder
* The “Anne of Green Gables” series (I never read them)
* Louisa May Alcott’s “Eight Cousins” and its sequel “Rose in Bloom”

Caravanfan's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I’m not sure how those fall under “Femme Fatal”.

kneesox's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer, femme fatale? Dorothy? Anne? Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy? I don’t get it. If they’re not innocent, who is?

Caravanfan's avatar

@kneesox I think ze misunderstood the question.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer Femme Fatal is more black widow, darker types. I love all those books but they are too good for this genre…haha!

anniereborn's avatar

Not sure if you are into the supernatural but, I loved the Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter series

KNOWITALL's avatar

@anniereborn That looks good!!

Mimishu1995's avatar

@kneesox “femme fatale” is basically a word describing a strong cunning female villain. Femme fatale basically translates to “lethal woman”. They are very intelligent and fierce, and often use their charm and wit to get people to do what they want. They are always portrayed as evil, but no one in the story sees them for what they are until too late. The term originated from film-noir, which came into being in the 1940s. The reason why femme fatale are associated with men is because most film-noir protagonists are men, and most film-noir with femme fatale revolve around the protagonist being ruined by the femme fatale.

Wikipedia definition of femme fatale

So by definition, Becky of Vanity Fair crosses all the checklist of femme fatale, and she was around before film-noir was created.

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