The Stepford Wives

I may be the only person this is news to, but did you know that The Stepford Wives, (aside from being a spectacularly bad 2004 movie with Nicole Kidman) was actually a book first? It was written by Ira Levin, the genius behind Rosemary’s Baby (also a book before the film based on it became a cult classic). 

The Stepford Wives was perfectly timely, as it was written in the 1970’s when woman were entrenched in the whole housewife versus women’s lib issue (not that that’s ever stopped being an issue). The novel is a satire, in that that it takes a concept (men wanting their wives to be obedient, house-cleaning Barbie dolls), and illustrates its ridiculousness by taking it way over the top (at least that’s how I took it-I’m not an English teacher so don’t quote me on that!).  Levin’s skill in moving a plot along is unparalleled-no word is wasted and no extraneous detail is provided. He accomplishes in 100 pages what other authors spend 400 and 500 pages trying to achieve -a novel you cannot put down, one that makes you think and keeps you up all night in suspense

And seriously, how cool must it be to write a novel and have the title become a phrase in the English vocabulary (referring to subservient, obedient types)? I mean, that’s a rather impressive feat.

7 comments

  1. michelle says: October 3, 2013

    i haven't read that book but am going to add it to my list!

  2. Vogue and Heels says: October 3, 2013

    I've never seen this movie or heard of the book! It sounds pretty interesting.

    -Vogue&Heels

    http://www.vogueandheels.com

  3. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 4, 2013

    It is So good, and it's really short so it's a really quick read. Don't see the movie though! Terrible.

  4. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 4, 2013

    Great, I think you'll like it! It's just really original and really good.

  5. Allison says: October 4, 2013

    Ooo I need to read this! You are good at finding these little gems – like Rosemary's Baby. Also great.

  6. Diana Horsfall says: October 8, 2013
  7. Jackie-York Avenue says: October 8, 2013

    You're welcome! Hope you'll check it out 🙂

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