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 on...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
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 sti...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
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
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
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
Fabulously creepy, suspense filled, suburban drama.
When Joanna moves to Stepford she finds it rather lacking in social activities or stimulating company. The women seem to relish housework, staying in to clean whilst their husbands attend the exclusive Men's Association. Soon the town begins to feel oppressive and Joanna starts questioning the women's obsessive behaviour.
Finally, proof that buying random cheap books works! I've heard 'The Stepford Wives' referenced to occasionally, I wasn't...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
Despite the whole turning people into robots thing, I find the premise to...more
SEE: My review for Rosemary's Baby - another 70's era, grave depiction of men. Sometimes I think that writers like Ira Levin were hired by the government to create male characters so loathsome ("Guy" in Rosemary's Baby, and that HIDEOUS husband in Diary of a Mad Housewife), to create high divorce rates and get women into the work force. Not really but kind of.
This book came out at a time when 2 important things were happening: the rise of feminism as a cultural political force which...more
There was absolutely nothing in The Stepford Wives that was sh...more
If you answered yes to any of those questions then you should ask yourself, Does your husband attend a private men's only club? If so, beware! You could turn into the mysterious Stepford wife.
This book was written 9 years after Betty Friedan wrote and released her famous book The Feminie Mystique.
I have read parts of that book, and to be hone
It is interesting to watch the world unfold from the point of view of the main character, Joanna Eberhart, and to see it as a mirror image of our society. After a few chapters you start to wonder if you are seeing the town as it is or as...more
One of the scariest things is to have no voice. That is exactly what happens to the women in Stepford. They are quieted by their husbands. The fact that a community could pull something like this off for 7+ years is an uncomfortable thought.
I think what drives me crazy about this book is Walter. How easy he came around to the ideas of the Men's Association. (view spoiler)[I mean usually murder is something that one does not just agree to not even for the perfect wife. (hide spoiler...more
As someone who is utterly frightened of suburbia and was determined never to leave the city even with a husband and a string of kids, yet ironically ended up living in what seems to be the queen of suburbs as a single professional, this story of perfect housewives and the husbands who secretly crave for them did ring very true to me, even in the 21st century. It seems that the struggle of the modern woman, between wanting to be the perfect moth...more
Un gioiello. Davvero, davvero inquietante.
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