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Depiction of Feminine Rage in Thriller Books

For too long, women have been portrayed as one-dimensional personae in the world of literature. Sacrifices displayed as bravery, helpless damsels, meek, kind, and perfect; these were their limitations. However, times are changing as “Feminine Rage” gains momentum. 

Genre wise, feminine rage centers on female characters embracing socially unexpected actions – mostly violence. On a surface level, the glorification of female rage can be questionable. But seeing women take the lead when it comes to violence can be cathartic. It is liberating to see them challenging the cliche. Seeing women always need to be powerless in the face of violence is tiresome.

Hence, for those looking to dive into a literary journey with some of the best embodiments of female rage, thrillers offer a gripping introduction. Fortunately, we have some excellent picks lined up!

A Certain Hunger

Written by Chelsea G. Summers, this is a book you will devour. You will get the pun once you read the book. Women killing men is not much of a shocker? Throw cannibalism in the mix. Adding to the compelling premise, is the sharp and playful writing. For fans of American Psycho and Hannibal, this book is the perfect recipe. Pun intended (again).

They Never Learn 

Layne Fargo will have you questioning your moral compass with this dark read. Frustrated with the frequent sexual assaults on her campus, a college professor decides to take matters into her own hands. Thought-provoking and captivating, this literary piece promises a cathartic experience for those seeking justice in an unjust world. 

Gone Girl

Gone Girl, a cult classic, follows Nick and his wife Amy’s disappearance, showcasing Gillian Flynn’s cinematic writing and layers of depth, providing a sense of urgency and suspense. This is surely a “cool girl” book.

To sum up, these thrillers challenge unrealistic expectations placed on women, enabling female characters to exist in a way that is human – unlovable, undesirable, and most importantly, angry; while also showcasing their mistakes and hurtful nature in the world of literature.

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