|The Stepford Wives
||[Jan. 31st, 2005|09:52 am]
I haven't seen either movie version of The Stepford Wives, but I've just read the book. I had Ira Levin pegged as a horror writer, but this is a fable, very gently written, which side-steps physical horror even at the climax. What is actually being done to the wives to turn them into man-pleasing zombies? We're never told. All we see is a woman, her retreat blocked by three Stepford husbands, stepping into a shiny, shiny kitchen where her former friend, now a domestic goddess, stands waiting with a shiny, shiny knife.|
I love it that the shadowy chief villain is identified as a former Disney employee.
He is good.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll put A Kiss Before Dying on my wish list.
I have never read Levin, but I saw the most recent version of Stepford Wives and I always very much enjoyed Rosemary's Baby when I was young. I get the feeling that you are right, this brand of horror is more gentle, more thought-provoking. I like it a lot. I am going to make a point about getting around to it.
But first D. H. Lawrence! I have been on a kick. It's possessed me. I cannot for my life explain it.
When I was reading Eng Lit at Uni in the early 70s D.H. Lawrence was THE MAN.
For that reason- because I'm a contrary cuss- I rather took against him.
I still don't like the novels much, but I'm crazy about some of the poems.
The man who taught me my first lit class in college thought he was The Man, too and I also took against him. And then Anais Nin changed my mind. She just kept going on about him. I picked up one of his short stories entitled Sun and fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
I am rather enjoying his work, though. He has an uncanny ability to portray emotion, and is particularly baffled by the female gender. I have not read enough to make an educated stance on what his attitude with and toward women is, but as soon as I do, I shall share the details.
What are some of the poems you like?
There's one called Bavarian Gentians (I think)- all about going down into the underworld- but my favourite is The Ship of Death-
"Oh build your ship of death, oh build it!
for you will need it.
For the voyage of oblivion awaits you."
[Giggles] I think I will stick to his fiction. I was never too keen on poetry!