With an Introduction by Peter Straub
The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby
For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no o...more
Katharine Ross stars in the 1975 movie version
Joanna Eberhart is an accomplished photographer. A woman comfortable with herself, in love with her husband, and raising two cha ...more
The Stepford Wives is a paranoid thriller by Ira Levin. There is also quite a bit of social satire as well. What would a community be like if all the women behaved like the stereotypical 1950's style housewife?
It's a pretty ...more
There's a frightening secret in the town of Stepford, and Joanna & Bobbie hope to get out of Dodge before it's too late, but the Men's Association is powerful and time is running out.
THE STEPFORD WIVES is a creepy little satirical novella that proves (some) men are pretty shallow or really were afraid of the Women's Liberation Movement!
Suspenseful and deadly read!
Originally and commonly misunderstood to remark upon the growing feminist movement in the late sixties it is instead a scathing indictment on conservative attacks on women’s liberation.
Levin describes a family that has recently moved into the quiet suburban township of Stepford, where a caste of upwardly mobile male professionals have barricaded themselves into an ...more
When it all boils down you gonna find in the endClearly Dr. Dre has never been to Stepford. You can make ANYONE a housewife there.
A bitch is a bitch, but a dog is a man's best friend
So what you found you a hoe that you like
But you can't make a hoe a housewife
In October 2011, I read Rosemary's Baby, and it was amazing. I'm glad that I read it before this one, though, because I feel like if I had read Stepford on its own, I might not have gotten as much out of it as I did, even though that's st ...more
This book is even scarier than the original movie, although the movie provides more background and explanation as to how the murderous bits would actually work.
While some of the organizations and details in the story may be "dated," the core horror of this book is still -- and will always be -- with us:
How well do you really know your significant other?
If your husband could have the woman of his dreams, would he ...more
I think the book is alot more ambiguous than the fil ...more
I think along with such titles as The Day of the Triffids, The shining, (the list can go on and on) Stepford Wives is one of those books that is instantly recognised but is not so easily recounted. I have know of the film from my early days of following science fiction (it was often listed along side Westworld as classic in robots are replacing us lists) b ...more
"The Stepford Wives" is one of those rare horror novels that reads even more creepily when you already know the twist at the end. I read it when I was younger and merely liked it; now that I'm older and re-reading it, I find it absolutely terrifying.
The most terrifying thing about the Stepford men isn't that they objectify their wives into sex-slaves and cleaning-bots; no, the most terrifying thing about the Stepford men is that they don't *seem* like the kind ...more
My main problem and probably the reason I'm so disappointed can be summed up this way, on the back of the book there is this a praise by Stephen King:
"Every novel [Ira Levin] has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel." - Stephen King
I absolutely agree that Ira Levin is an amazing writer and to have come up with and popularized this story I give him full credit and praise. However ...more
The beginning was quite slow. It was basically just introducing characters and setting the scene of Stepford. But once Joanna started noticing things with the women of Stepford, I couldn't put it down. I read it in about 1-2 hours.
I love how it's not a typical horror that we'd see now. Everything is just very ominous, building up the suspense and nothing is very clear. I found the changes in ...more
And barely a couple of weeks later, I started this book, which I thought to be a quick contemporary read describing the lives of the village housewives. I was wrong. It was a quick read agreed, but not at all placid, which was what I was aiming for. My bad, since I started this without reading the reviews/blurb as the titl ...more
23/1/2016 - Just watched the Nicole Kidman movie for the first time since reading the book and I definitely like the movie's ending better than the book's.
The Stepford Wives is the crème-de-la-crème of speculative fiction and horror. It's an extremely tense and quick read that Ira Levin wrote as a direct commentary on the burgeoning “second wave” feminism movement of the 1970s. Levin’s tale is a revenge fantasy of sorts, a somewhat satirical prod towards women ...more
A few years ago I wrote an essay about the movie of The Stepford Wives (2004) and how it fit in with the Pygmalion myth. To give a quick recap - Pygmalion is a character from Greek mythology who sculpted a woman and fell in love with the statue. Aphrodite, sucker as she is for a love ...more
Take suburban Texas circa 1950s and plop it into New England circa Betty Friedan and the Feminine Mystique and you will get this tale of gender roles and expectations. Throw in a little clichéd science fiction and you have the Stepford Wives.
Quite likely, this was written as a reaction to “The Feminine Mystique”. I’m not sure where Levin stood on the issue on the issue women’s domestic roles, but clearly he understood the backlash and that home l ...more
Despite the whole turning people into robots thing, I find the premise to ...more
I'd first heard of The Stepford Wives back in college after listening to my mom talk about how much the 1975 film disturbed her. I decided to watch it, and like my mother, many of the scenes got under my skin, and the multi-layered themes have continued to haunt me.
The novel is no less eerie and a clear example of literary brilliance, echoing a bit of E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Sandman.
The same stark contrast demonstrated in the film between the happy, contented wives and the mai ...more
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After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int ...more