Power structures have a recurring theme in the tales emerging from page to screen. It would appear female protagonists are still very much the driving force for books and certainly if the titles are anything to go by… girl on the train, She who did this, Her who did that..
We get it… women read more than men.
But when it comes to television shows, the relationship between men and women seems more fascinating, the power struggles very real.
We have been wedged knee deep in the trenches of gender equally now for 20 years and with no end in sight, is it any wonder we seem fascinated by battles of power? After all, Art imitates life.
So not surprising these themes are transcending from pages, considering the subject is far more appreciated when shared. Though from the offset, it becomes clear that Blackfish City is a thrilling novel that although focuses primarily on power, it is also grounded with rich detail and diverse characters – who rather refreshingly, don’t pander to the what is close to becoming a cliche: the strong female protagonist.
Moving from the social aspect of this whirlwind of gender battles, it is now almost a sin to portray a woman as venerable as that does not sell books. Nor can you portray a man as strong, a rouge or someone that cant get by of their own merit. Yet TV shows, like the Crown and others can show us that venerable women portray a different kind of power.
Blackfish City (Ecco), by Sam J. Miller is set on an island city in the Arctic built after society has collapsed because of environmental disasters and wars, both of which though not argued in the book, are the constructions of men. In this over populated city disease is rampant. Then a load of millennial’s attempt to take back their city.
It is a clever book, Miller understands relationships and has a really lovely way of dipping from fast pace to slow under the correct emotional circumstances.
I really great read that will leave you wanting to explore all of Sam J. Miller’s celebrated titles.