Women have always played important roles throughout history, yet too often they are written out of official histories. We have touched on this before on our podcast, referencing essays like Kameron Hurley’s ‘We Have Always Fought’. 

This cultural pattern has effectively made women invisible – we have been silenced and marginalised.

V.E. Schwab’s new novel, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, centres on a protagonist who is forgotten by everyone she meets. She will never be remembered, she is, effectively, invisible.  So, we thought we would take this opportunity to discuss the marginalisation of women with Victoria!

‘I look at the othering of women, particularly queer women… the othering of any dissenting voice.’

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab - book cover

Texts and authors mentioned in this episode include:

  • Doctor Faustus by Christoper Marlowe
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Black Widow
  • Deadpool
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • The Boys
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Terry Pratchett

‘When we give women power, we expect them to be self-sacrificing.’

Victoria/V.E. Schwab

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film.