Daisy Jones and The Six-The Need For Flawed Female Protagonists

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid has been sitting in my ‘to be read’ pile for quite some time, not because I did not think I would enjoy it; rather, I tend to be apprehensive to hyped books.  However this book was nothing short of wonderful!

Okay so a quick synopsis- Daisy Jones and The Six follows the rise of a rock band in the 1970s.  Daisy Jones is a beautiful, free-spirited woman with a unique singing voice. As a teenager, in the early 70s, she is  involved in the LA nightclub scene of drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll. In her pursuit to become a rockstar in her own right, she meets a band called The Six -an already established band with a few hits in their discography. Together they form Daisy Jones and The Six, which pushes their band into superstardom. 

This book is unlike anything I have read in recent memory- because it is written in the style of an interview. Weird right? I was afraid I would feel as though I am reading a script or a play, or that it would lose critical plot details in jumping between multiple characters perspectives. Again, I was proved wrong. I commend the authors ability to switch between characters so seamlessly, while never sacrificing development or plot to service the style of the book. I appreciate the themes explored within the novel of fame, fortune, addiction, and that none of the characters were really searching for fame and fortune, rather to make great art.

 I think in today’s era, where everyone is trying to obtain their 10 seconds of fame, this shines light on an era where music was a true art form to be adored by the masses. Such ideas are romantic in my opinion. Probably why I have such an affinity to art wether it be fashion, film or music from the 70s. 

As a young woman, how could one not fall in love with Daisy Jones. She was so unapologetically herself, she did not take crap from anyone-especially men. One of my favourites line from the book, “Men often think they deserve a sticker for treating women like people” I think speaks to Daisy’s boss bitch mentality. 

Daisy Jones is also really unlikable, her reckless behaviour hurts the ones closest to her and ultimately **SPOILER**   breaks up the band. That being said, I think in media, be it tv, movies or books, female protagonists are always perfect, it is understood that a flawed women will not be excepted by audiences. And I think this is such as backwards way to think of women. Men are allowed to be flawed and make mistakes and we still be adore them, (think Breaking Bad or The Sopranos), yet the same standards are not held for women. This book; however, challenges this ideology, and I love that. More art needs to feature complex and flawed women as this more accurately portrays us as we really are. 

Overall, I give this book a 4.75/5. I cannot give it a 5 stars as I finished this book wanting something more, yes the book was great and you should read it- but there was something missing from the book that I can’t exactly explain. Moreover, this book pales in comparison to others I have read during quarantine so it doesn’t deserve a 5 star rating. Remember this is all my personal opinion. 

I would love to hear from you! Have you read this book? If so, I would love to hear your thoughts! Do you agree we need more flawed women in literature? Comment your thought below!!

– Rebecca x

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I was so excited when I saw this blog post! I got this book from my BOTM subscription a while back. This was likely one of the best fiction reads of 2020 for me. I agree that the character of Daisy was flawed and that she was at times portrayed as heedless and immature. But, those attributes are what made the character very relatable. I honestly think female rockers/artists from the 70s and 80s weren’t appreciated as much as male rock bands and artists. Partly because not many of them gained the same popularity, possibly due to social stigma. That is very unfortunate. One of the things that drew me towards the book was that the character of Daisy seemed inspired by a lot of the female artists, their struggles and journeys like Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell.

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    1. Yes I agree with you 100% ! And totally I got Stevie Nicks vibes from Daisy!

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  2. I really enjoyed Daisy Jones and agree we need more flawed women in literature.

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