I think it’s pretty clear by the name of my blog that I have a fascination with femme fatales, probably because they’re about as far from my own personality as one could possibly get. I’ve always fantasized about being this cold-hearted seductress, all sexy and mysterious; not klutzy and awkward, with a habit of over sharing in very public forums such as a blog…
She’s cool, she’s calm, she’s collected…she probably doesn’t have ketchup on her shirt.
I love the idea of this Mata Hari-esque woman. This seductress who breaks hearts and gets what she wants. It didn’t exactly end well for Mata Hari, but she had a good run and she went down in history as the quintessential femme fatale.
Naturally, I enjoy representations of femme fatales in film, literature and music. Women like Eva Green* are bringing back the ideals of the classic, film noir femme fatale. Type “femme fatale” into Google Images and she’s among the first women who pop up. In real life she may actually be a fairly shy, private person, but on screen she can seduce whole audiences with just one look.
There’s a comic that I need to get around to reading called Fatale. It’s a supernatural noir style comic centered around an immortal femme fatale character being hunted by a Lovecraftian cult, what’s not to love?!
Probably my favorite femme fatale representation in media is the song of the same name by Nico and The Velvet Underground. It appeals to my folksy-flower child sensibilities while also singing about my favorite female archetype. As an avid stalker of Neil Gaiman on Facebook, I was delighted when he shared a video by two French singers doing an absolutely gorgeous cover of the song.
From what I can decipher with my high school French, these two were on the French version of The Voice, and I believe the guy won. Either way, they are adorable and I would buy an entire album of them singing. Watch the whole video. The end is so cute!
*I have a small obsession with the stunning French actress.