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Who is the ultimate femme fatale? Post to win £100 John Lewis voucher and signed copies of The Sudden Departure Of The Frasers

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EmilyMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Jun-15 10:34:32

How does one get whatever one wants? Pop culture seems to have the answer: become a femme fatale. It seems that as long as you're a sexy woman with a red lipstick and a good line in seduction, your destructive powers can know no bounds.

Louise Candlish's latest novel, The Sudden Departure Of The Frasers, deals with one such woman. When Christy and Joe Davenport are handed the keys to their dream house, they do wonder how they nabbed it for such a low price. Christy finds herself drawn deeper into the mystery of the house's previous occupant - one Amber Fraser - and a dark and shocking secret.

For a chance to win a £100 John Lewis voucher and a signed copy of the book, tell us who is, in your opinion, the ultimate femme fatale. Does Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca reign supreme, or does she pale in comparison to Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct?

5 runners-up will also receive signed copies of the book. Post on the thread before Monday 29 June to have a chance of winning.

This competition is sponsored by Penguin Books.

This competition is now closed. Winners will be contacted shortly

blueshoes Mon 01-Jun-15 11:05:49

Wendy Deng
Valerie Trierweiler
Anne Boleyn

WonderingMinstrels Mon 01-Jun-15 11:11:08

Marlene Dietrich
Tallulah Bankhead

InAndOfMyself Mon 01-Jun-15 11:55:19

The archetype of the femme fatale is mostly the male reaction to women's liberation. Looking at most of the books/movies I can think of the tales are framed as cautionary morality plays showing what can happen when a woman is independent and in control of her own sexuality.

I'd be more interested in a thread discussing strong female leads.

CopperPan Mon 01-Jun-15 13:50:16

For me it would be Linda Florentino in The Last Seduction or Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions.

Tamar86 Mon 01-Jun-15 14:05:15

Anna Karenina

CMOTDibbler Mon 01-Jun-15 14:12:29

Taking it literally, Ziva in NCIS smile

FreckledLeopard Mon 01-Jun-15 14:17:49

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction.

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct.

DuchessofMalfi Mon 01-Jun-15 16:02:28

Are we talking novels or films? If novels, then I think Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind.

Don't watch films very often, so not sure who to suggest for that category smile

lionheart Mon 01-Jun-15 16:35:27

Lana Turner (Postman)
Rita Hayworth (Gilda)

IggyStrop Mon 01-Jun-15 16:41:33

Salma Hayek in Dusk Till Dawn.

Burgermanuk Mon 01-Jun-15 16:51:38

Jessica Rabbit shes not bad shes just drawn that way

pieman69uk Mon 01-Jun-15 16:56:59

gail from Corrie. are any of her conquests alive to tell the tale?

BizziLiz Mon 01-Jun-15 17:08:24

Lauren Bacall as Vivien in 'The Big Sleep'

alialiath Mon 01-Jun-15 17:09:40

Dominika Egorova who's a Russian agent, in Jason Matthews espionage novel Red Sparrow

Loopilu Mon 01-Jun-15 17:13:39

Bathsheba Everdeene from Thomas Hardy's 'Far From The Madding Crowd' ...

andywedge Mon 01-Jun-15 17:20:48


CleverPlansAndSecretTricks Mon 01-Jun-15 17:24:19

Jessica Rabbit

ChippyMinton Mon 01-Jun-15 17:25:09

Moll Flanders

CleverPlansAndSecretTricks Mon 01-Jun-15 17:25:28

Audrey (twin peaks)

Bidmellor Mon 01-Jun-15 17:26:26

Salome Mata Hari but probably Sharon Stone in Basic instinct

BuzzardBird Mon 01-Jun-15 17:29:48

Lisbeth Salander

cavylover Mon 01-Jun-15 17:30:31


DillEater Mon 01-Jun-15 17:43:31

Loretta, the computer-generated femme fatale from Red Dwarf VI: Gunmen of the Apocalypse, played by Jennifer Calvert.

stephimoon Mon 01-Jun-15 17:46:12

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.

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