Female Transgressive Writers of all time (Part 3)

  1. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

  2. Megan Abbott

  3. Gillian Flynn

  4. Katherine Dunn

  5. Violet LeVoit

Time to talk about another 5 fantastic authors that I categorize under Transgressive Fiction according to their style and themes, how they use the power of writing to transgress the norms of their society and culture. Today we will talk about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Megan Abbott, Gillian Flynn, Katherine Dunn, and Violet LeVoit.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

(30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851)



Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein and The Last Man, which is considered an early

example of science fiction. In her own lifetime, Mary Shelley was taken seriously as a writer, though reviewers often missed her


writings' political edge.


“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”
― Mary Shelley

Megan Abbott

(August 21, 1971)

Megan Abbott is an American author of crime fiction and of a non-fiction analysis of hardboiled crime fiction. Her novels and short stories have drawn from and re-worked classic

subgenres of crime writing, from a female perspective. Abbott was influenced by film noir, classic noir fiction, and Jeffrey Eugenides's novel The Virgin Suicides. (source) Two of her novels make reference to notorious crimes. The Song Is You is based around the disappearance of Jean Spangler in 1949, and Bury Me Deep on the 1931 case of Winnie Ruth Judd, dubbed "the Trunk Murderess".(source)


in the end all the things you think matter are just disappointment and noise.― Megan Abbott, Dare Me

Gillian Flynn

(February 24, 1971)

Gillian Schieber Flynn is an American writer and my favorite books of hers are Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl, all three of which have been adapted for film or television.

She attributes her craft to her 15-some years in journalism. She said, "I could not have written a novel if I hadn't been a journalist first, because it taught me that there's no muse that's going to come down and bestow upon you the mood to write. You just have to do it. I'm definitely not precious."(source) Some critics have accused Flynn of misogyny due to the often unflattering depiction of female characters in her books. Flynn identifies as a feminist and feels that feminism allows for women to be bad characters in literature.

The one thing that really frustrates me is this idea that women are innately good, innately nurturing.
- Gillian Flynn