I remember watching The Virgin Suicides when I was 11 and it had first come out on VHS (and DVD probably). My first thought when I finished the movieI remember watching The Virgin Suicides when I was 11 and it had first come out on VHS (and DVD probably). My first thought when I finished the movie was "They all killed themselves? What a STUPID movie!" So, I decided to finally check out the book (and rewatch the movie). And I did like the book a bit more than I liked the movie, but then again, I wasn't really blown away.
After rewatching the movie, I am led to believe that it is highly overrated. Pretty good flick? Yes. Wonderful, beautiful, masterpiece? Ehh no! In regards to the book version, it's sort of scary what can happen when you smother your kids. Seriously, the mom in The Virgin Suicides was a bit of a monster. I am a firm believer that kids need an opportunity to breathe. Helicopter moms always annoy me, but Mrs. Lisbon took it to a freaky level. Taking your kids out of school and giving them no means to contact anyone outside they're house is way extreme. I can understand why the girls killed themselves. I may not approve of it, but I understand it.
Since The Virgin Suicides is narrated by Lisbon girls' next door neighbors, teenage boys who were vastly infatuated with the Lisbon girls, we're not given a direct road into their inner psyches. In fact, the Lisbon girls seem to be less individual entities than one whole group. Sometimes, it was hard to tell who was who. However, I'm thinking that was Eugenides intention. These boys didn't see Mary. Therese. Bonnie. Lux. Cecilia. But rather saw Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, Cecilia AKA the Lisbon Girls. Due to this, the Lisbon girls remain a mystery.
One thing that heavily annoyed me in The Virgin Suicides (besides the monster mom and the submissive dad) was that the narrator tended to go on tangents that had nothing to do with them or the Lisbon girls themselves. I kept thinking "and the point of mentioning that is?"; like things their neighbor's grandmother thought about life. I'm sorry, but what does that have to do with the Lisbon girls?
So, I thought The Virgin Suicides was just okay. I would have liked to known more about the Lisbon girls themselves, even though I know it isn't possible for the boys to know that much about them. Interesting read and interesting movie, anyway....more