Saturday, December 17, 2011

Part Two of My Interview with Amber Unmasked Is LIVE!


Part 2: The Femme Fatale Continues

16-DEC-2011 My interview with pulp writer SEAN H. TAYLOR continues as we dive into the hypnotic lure of the femme fatale in literature, television, and cinema. Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1.

Today’s media faces an uprising of women (and for that matter men who look at women) that feel the body sizes we’re shown are unattainable; they are fantasy fodder being a detriment to anyone who looks at bony size 0 skeletons when the average woman has meat on her. The femme fatale is usually described as “curvy.”  She’s seductive, sexy and has a wiggle when she walks. I asked Taylor if this discrepancy makes the literary femme fatale more accessible or relatable. He replied, “I really don’t [see] this as an issue here (unlike in drawn works like comic books), if only because so many of them became standard fair in noir films and thrillers. Is Lauren Bacall attainable? Well, Lauren Bacall sure seemed to attain her. The same goes for Ann Savage, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, Lizabeth Scott, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, and numerous others. Some much of the idealized femme fatale is based on actual women that I think it cuts that argument off at the knees (and then locks it in trunk and drives it to the quarry to bury it in cement).” ...