LT / Creepiness level 9000

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The Stepford Wives is this really short satirical thriller novel written by Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby. It has been adapted for the big screen twice, first in 1975 starring Katharine Ross, and then in 2004 starring Nicole Kidman. The latter was critically-panned, and was a box-office bomb. But the book is great.

The pursuit of so-called perfection
It tells the story of Joanna Ebhart, a woman who moves with her husband and children to Stepford, Connecticut from New York City to start a new life. Life was great at the start, but after a while, she noticed that all of the town's women were mindless, docile housewives. And the people she came to town with at the same time seemed to have turned that way, as well.

Creepy is a term I'd use to describe this book. Don't get me wrong; it's very, very good, but it's still very, very creepy. The idea of an entire town where the women have been traded in for submissive robots scares me, especially since I am an advocate of personal freedom. The novel is considered a masterpiece for being a commentary on society's misguided pursuit of youth and beauty.

The implications are so groundbreaking that the term "Stepford Wife" has become a part of the American lexicon after the book's publication. It is used to refer to a woman who is completely submissive to her husband, who conforms blindly to the old-fashioned mold of the subservient wife.

I'd normally suggest that you read the novel first, but this time, I'm telling you to watch the 2004 movie first. That way, you won't be disappointed at how bad it is because the book will be a good save.


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