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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendations for December 2021

December 13th, 2021 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The Dudes in Distress trope is a reversal of the Damsel in Distress trope, where the male character is in peril and must be saved by their female counterpart. A classic example of this is Steve Trevor, from the Wonder Woman comic series. Notable mentions also include Flynn Ryder, from Tangled, and Fox Mulder, from X-Files.

The women that save their men in these books are incredibly varied: strong, cunning, resourceful, duplicitous, or just lucky. In Spinning Silver, Myriem must use all her cunning to outwit the desperate plans of the Winter King. In The Gargoyle, the unnamed narrator is saved from crippling depression from a woman who spins him a tale of past lives and eternal love. In Anna Dressed in Blood, Anna, a tragic, blood-soaked violent spirit encounters a young ghost-hunter and ends up saving him in more ways than one.

Did you read any of these books and like them? Let us know in the comments!


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