The Stepford Wives novel review

Fifi Leigh
3 min readApr 1, 2022

Thursday, 3.31.22

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It was a cloudy day today. It looked like it would rain, but it didn’t. Gas prices increased to $6.059/gallon for regular unleaded at Shell. I did my usual morning gym workout.

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Then, I returned home and finished reading the novel, The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin. It is a very short novel, consisting of 123 pages, and the writing is very light and easy to read. While reading the novel, I tried to compare it to the movie, The Stepford Wives (2004), and I felt the novel was different but the ideas were the same. The movie starred Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Jon Lovitz, and Christopher Walken. Although some scenes from the novel were similar to the movie scenes, there were other scenes in the novel that weren’t in the movie. It appears they changed a lot of scenes in the movie. The book had a different ending from the movie.

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I also noticed that the main character in the novel, Joanna Eberhart, is similar to Rosemary Woodhouse in Rosemary’s Baby, in the other Ira Levin novel. Both women are independent and intelligent women who immediately notice that people around them are strange, and they both aren’t comfortable in their new environment. Both women’s husband adjust to their new environment, appearing to be indoctrinated into their new cultish hometown, and making their wife feel they are mentally deranged because of their refusal to conform and be like everyone else in town. (Notice that this is how the media, government, and society views truthers and whistleblowers in order to silence them). They do their own research and they want to make positive changes. But the townspeople make them out as crazy, in need of psychiatric help, and both women are given tranquilizer to sedate them into comformity as well as preventing them from escaping their cult environment. Both women want to expose their weird surroundings and strange people.

It was interesting to read.

Fifi Leigh

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, but raised in America, and now a Cali Girl.