Monday, 3 April 2017
Male-Female Teams In Fiction
I am about to turn in so I am not going to post at length but here is a question to consider. How do male-female teams work in detective or spy fiction? Examples:
Bond and some of his companions;
Flandry and some of his companions;
Modesty Blaise and Willie;
Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.
Each of these examples is different. The male character with the worst attitude to women is Bond. Read Casino Royale and Goldfinger. He is bored by the efforts first of seduction, then of subsequent disentanglement. Sex is a reward for the dangers of his job. Women should not have been given the vote. Flandry is not that bad!
Modesty and Willie respect each other and also do not have sex with each other. Modesty's attitude to men that she does have sex with is the opposite of Bond's to women that he has sex with. Mikael and Lisbeth are different again but Mikael is unaware of the unhappiness that he causes in several women.
We are told that Flandry does not understand women although he does know what he is doing with them from a very early age. Apart from rating Bond lowest, I am not sure how to assess the other three men in this list. But each is a distinct character whom we get to know by reading the novels.