...a little spontaneous stack jumped me on my way out of the bookstore... My TBR is increasingly unmanageable 😳🙂 ...guess I‘ll just have to read faster...
I wanted to read this because I genuinely enjoy the movie but it kind of sucks. I think it's the writing style. The themes aren't in the background like you would expect, it's actual dialogue which makes the characters seem SUPER judgemental about everything around them.
This book is creepy, but in such a subtle way. I really enjoyed the main character‘s stance on women‘s rights and how smart she was. Every woman being the same was really creepy. I wish I had not read the literary analysis (which looked like a little introduction) before I read the book. I think that would have made the reading more enjoyable.
Having resigned myself to the fact that I have to work all weekend, I decided to leave early today - and that means a beer and a new book! This one is especially exciting for me because a) it‘s a new read; b) it was basically free because I used an Amazon gift card to get it; and c) this is on my “to be read” stack on Litsy! Like I bought this book because of a Litsy review! So I‘m really excited to start.
I've always been a fan of the movie and I can't believe I waited so long to finally read the book. I really enjoyed this one it is creepy and seriously twisted and even though it was written in 1972 it still hold so true to the way woman are viewed.
A good short story, but damn that intro by Palahniuk! Gave away the plot and would have been better as an afterword.
This is an #AmericanHorror story that I read earlier this year and one that arguably could happen to some degree in real life. The similarities to today‘s society certainly gave me pause. More creepy than horror, but a definitely social commentary for 1970s US society. #NoFemmeber
This was a trippy novella that is readable in one night. It came out the year I was born and I never saw the movies. I am glad I was able to read it with no preconceptions because I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. What a roller-coaster ride. Definitely glad I finally gave this one a few hours of my life!
I have to read a book that I really don‘t like for a bookclub. So I‘m also reading this one, because I know it won‘t disappoint. It‘s also a #BlameItOnLitsy read. You all made it sound so good.
Look what showed up today, only a week late for @Cinfhen 's #stepfordsummerparty ☹️ I'm glad I downloaded the e-book as media mail & Hawaii just don't mix very well. I ordered it on June 1st from Book Depository & the order processed & shipped on the 4th, so almost 4 weeks to travel. Oh well, was only $5, it will be nice for my shelves & I can read the Chuck Palahniuk intro as the e-book is Peter Straub. #lookingonthebrightside
It‘s #Recommendsday! If you enjoy a creepy, provocative, suspenseful social commentary, particularly dealing with society‘s treatment of women, read this. The author doesn‘t spell everything out, and leaves things open to interpretation, which encourages deeper thought. All in all a good story, I‘m glad I read it. Thanks @Cinfhen ! Now to watch the films. 📽🎞
#StepfordSummerParty FINAL QUESTION
5. Let‘s talk about the ending! Did you like that it‘s left to your own imagination? Do you think Bobbie had a physical hand in eliminating Joanna? Any other final thoughts/ comments? THANK YOU ALL for the funniest 4 days 😘😘
And to all who did not join, sorry we clogged your feed with endless 70s nostalgia 🕺☮️
#StepfordSummerParty Discussion Question 4
4. Stepford is portrayed as an artificial , affluent, white, upper crust utopia so how about the inclusion of an African American family being introduced into the novel? How do you think that was received upon publication in 1971? Did you notice in both films (1975, 2004) RuthAnne Hendry is omitted as a character?!
#StepfordSummerParty Discussion Question 3
3. Bobbie is convinced there must be toxins in the water. Do you think there was really a concern in the early 70s about environmental issues, toxic dumping, chemicals, pollution? Do you think this “theory” was added to mock women as being paranoid or suffering from hysteria?! Same with the psychiatrist, even a female psychiatrist has difficulty believing Joanna. What does that say about human nature?
#StepfordSummerPARTY Discussion Question 2
2. When we first meet Walter he seems to be an enlightened man, a “modern” liberal partner. He assures Joanna his interest in the Men‘s Association is purely social and he hopes to create a change from their “provincial” attitude. So, what the heck??? Are the men being brainwashed,hypnotized or are they SO easily influenced to have their wives “replaced”?!!
#StepfordSummerParty 🎉Discussion Time 😊 I‘m posting a total of 5 questions but only tagging you all once😉
Look for the hashtag to find the other questions which will follow shortly 😘😘
1. What is novelist Ira Levin trying to say with this book? Is he warning men or is he warning the women? Is this a watch out ladies, freedom comes at a cost or beware men, your days of dominance are over?
I‘m so glad I put down the vacuum and joined the #stepfordsummerparty! It was such a great read. I have to admire how efficient Levin was in his narrative. The story was effective, and from a 2018 perspective, rather amusing. I especially liked those trips to the supermarket, with all the languid shopping and “gliding along as if they never sweated”.
So much of this has seeped into pop culture that you can reference it without even having read or watched it. And for good reason. This was a quick, taut, & tense read, told in clean, straightforward, pulpy prose. About midway through I began to understand why it's seen as horror; that famous Atwood quote, "Women are afraid that men will kill them" is taken to its dystopic, horrifying conclusion. Pitch perfect thriller about male supremacy.
How frightening to doubt your spouse's intentions - shouldn't your spouse be the one person you trust and who loves you unconditionally? (Other than your mother, of course)
How frightening to doubt yourself. Is it really happening, or is it all in your mind?
A quick read that goes beyond questioning mind-boggling anti-feminism, to raising questions of how we view and treat our significant others.
#StepfordSummerParty Day3! We‘ve covered 70s food & fashion, now it‘s music ☮️ These are my 10 (plus 2) favorite songs of the 70s, in no particular order! ❤️🎧 🎶
@Cinfhen You weren‘t kidding about “there are soooo many!!!” It was really hard to whittle this list down to 10 (and I even had to include 2 bonus songs! Lol) 😂 When I started, the whole list was Elvis! 🕺🏻
#StepfordSummerParty I happen to love,love,love Van Morrison! Moondance, Gloria, and Brown-eyed Girl are my faves and I still try to listen to them in the car- if the kids don‘t complain too much about my “oldies” music.🙄 I also really like American Pie and still know most of the words! So much good music 🎶 from the 70‘s that it was hard to choose!
Happy Saturday Y‘all! I‘m looking forward to a great rehash tomorrow! Here‘s my 70s music. I missed the photo post yesterday 😕So sorry! Great news though! My daughter @Searcysledge gave me another Canva lesson tonight! Woohoo!
I had to post again. Tonight I‘m at a concert for the 70‘s group - The Little River Band. More memories. How fortuitous!
Growing up and still today I enjoy the music of the 70s and 80s. ABBA, Jim Croce, Don McLean. Janis died October 4, 1970 so I am including her in the #stepfordsummerparty Back in college I would go into the ceramics studio in the wee hours and crank up her music.
So...I think I misread the order of days for the #StepfordSummerParty and posted about music yesterday with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack! 🙈 oops! Though, I actually think it works for 70s fashion too! Here‘s another 70s band my mom introduced me to much later than the 70s. Gotta love the bubblegum disco-pop hits of ABBA, right?
I plan to take the trivia quiz later on tonight when I‘ve finished the rest of the book!
The 70‘s at my house...also Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Foreigner, Heart, Steve Miller, Ted Nugent....my folks listened to good music that I love to this day. I took that particular Kiss album to first grade for show and tell, my elderly teacher took it in stride! #stepfordsummerparty @Cinfhen @DebinHawaii
A day late - a picture of me in the 70s with my dad. ❤️
So many good songs in the 70s: Play that Funky Music White Boy, Tonight‘s the Night (and all Rod Stewart), all the Queen, Don‘t Stop til You Get Enough, Let‘s Stay Together, Al Green, My Sharona, Sweet Home Alabama
I actually read this last year; my review brought up a lot of memories of 1970s kitchens in the comments — feel free to add more memories of 70s decor 😂! Link to review: Http://litsy.com/p/eThmcm9Mbm5P
Even one year later, a lot of this book has stuck with me and I enjoyed this #StepfordSummerParty with all of you. I won‘t be able to join the discussion tomorrow, as hubby and I will be on our way on vacation to Key West 😎 🏖 🌊
#BookNLunch! #SpoonfulSoupAndEats Edition! We're trying a new place in Milford, PA, while taking in the local music festival. Accompaniment this cool and calm afternoon: exquisite creamy Hungarian Mushroom soup, a Memphis savory hand pie (filled with BBQ pulled pork and sharp cheddar cheese), and Stewart's root beer. ( @MrBook ‘s “Lunch Crock” pastry is in the background). MMMMmmm 😋! (This place is GREAT!) Happy reads & happy eats!
The 2004 movie version was a bit humorous from what I remember. As I got to reading I realized it has more of a darker, creepy vibe to it which in my opinion makes the book better than the movie version I saw.
Ira Levin has away of writing that really makes your imagination take off making this an enjoyable quick read.
My full review: griplitgrl.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/the-stepford-wives-by-ira-levin/
When my oldest recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, I made this collage and never got around to posting it. These two were honorary degree recipients at the graduation ceremony. At the concert the night before, Rosanne Cash was just a couple seats away from us. Both had their music careers begin in the 1970s. Nile Rodgers may be best known for his band Chic and the songs “Le Freak” and “Dance Dance Dance”. #StepfordSummerParty