History Literature / TheVirginSuicides

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* AdaptationNameChange: A couple very minor examples. Tim's surname is spelled "Winer" in the book but "Weiner" in the film, but pronounced the same way ("WHY-nurr"). Very minor character Joe Hill Conley becomes ''Jake'' Hill Conley, likely due to [[OneSteveLimit there being another minor character named Joe]].
* AdultsAreUseless: With the exception of Mr. Lisbon and the psychiatrist, both of whom are rendered impotent by Mrs. Lisbon, everyone older than a teenager in this book [[ApatheticCitizens cares only for themselves]].


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* HenpeckedHusband: Poor Mr. Lisbon.
26th Jul '16 10:58:32 AM HamburgerTime
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* GildedCage: What Mrs. Lisbon turns her house into after Lux and Trip's tryst. [[spoiler: With her VillainousBreakdown following Lux's PregnancyScare, she drops the "gilded" part]].



* NoNameGiven: Despite being a major character and the closest thing to a main villain the story has, Mrs. Lisbon's first name is never mentioned.



* StalkerWithACrush: The narrators' infatuation with the Lisbon girls.

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* StalkerWithACrush: The narrators' infatuation with the Lisbon girls.girls, though more well intentioned than most examples of this trope.


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* WrongGenreSavvy: The boys, especially in the film, seem to believe they're in a chivalric RescueRomance setting with the Lisbons. Unfortunately, they live in suburban Michigan.
26th Jul '16 10:50:34 AM HamburgerTime
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* CompressedAdaptation: In the book, there are quite a lot of neighborhood boys interested in the Lisbons, most of whom just get a name and a character trait or two. The film cuts it down to just Tim, Chase, Parkie, and David, plus Paul Baldino, the gangster's son, who unlike in the book isn't part of the circle of friends. The only other major omissions are [[spoiler: Lux's PregnancyScare and the fallout thereof]] and a short subplot about the mysterious death of one of the boys' ailing grandmother that may or may not have also ben a suicide..

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* CompressedAdaptation: In the book, there are quite a lot of neighborhood boys interested in the Lisbons, most of whom just get a name and a character trait or two. The film cuts it down to just Tim, Chase, Parkie, and David, plus Paul Baldino, the gangster's son, who unlike in the book isn't part of the circle of friends. The only other major omissions are [[spoiler: Lux's PregnancyScare and the fallout thereof]] and a short subplot about the mysterious death of one of the boys' ailing grandmother that may or may not have also ben been a suicide..suicide.


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* SpearCounterpart: With only four main boys in the film, each of the sisters gets one:
** Chase and Lux, the youngest and most energetic ones who get more CharacterFocus than the others.
** Tim and Therese, TheSmartGuy and Girl
** Parkie and Bonnie, the straight-laced ones who try being "bad" at prom and don't like it. The only pair to get a kiss.
** David and Mary, the ones who are [[TheGenericGuy just sort of there]].
26th Jul '16 6:04:02 AM HamburgerTime
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* CompressedAdaptation: In the book, there are quite a lot of neighborhood boys interested in the Lisbons, most of whom just get a name and a character trait or two. The film cuts it down to just Tim, Chase, Parkie, and David, plus Paul Baldino, the gangster's son, who unlike in the book isn't part of the circle of friends. The only other major omission is [[spoiler: Lux's PregnancyScare and the fallout thereof]].

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* CompressedAdaptation: In the book, there are quite a lot of neighborhood boys interested in the Lisbons, most of whom just get a name and a character trait or two. The film cuts it down to just Tim, Chase, Parkie, and David, plus Paul Baldino, the gangster's son, who unlike in the book isn't part of the circle of friends. The only other major omission is omissions are [[spoiler: Lux's PregnancyScare and the fallout thereof]].thereof]] and a short subplot about the mysterious death of one of the boys' ailing grandmother that may or may not have also ben a suicide..
24th Jul '16 9:24:51 PM HamburgerTime
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* TheGenericGuy: Mary is easily the least developed Lisbon and is defined mostly by her relation to the others. In the film, her SpearCounterpart is David.



* HasTwoMommies: Trip has two gay dads, both of whom are rather sleazy characters. Must be where he gets it.

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* HasTwoMommies: Trip has two gay dads, dads (his biological father, whose first name is never mentioned, and his boyfriend/partner Donald), both of whom are rather sleazy characters. Must be where he gets it.
24th Jul '16 7:54:17 PM HamburgerTime
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* FutureLoser: Trip Fontaine goes from big man on campus in the '70s to washed up recovering addict in the '90s.



* HasTwoMommies: Trip has two gay dads, both of whom are rather sleazy characters. Must be where he gets it.



* IntrepidReporter: Sensationalistic journalist Linda Perl, who irritates the boys by coming up with nonsensical "explanations" for the Lisbons' behavior.

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* IntrepidReporter: Sensationalistic journalist Linda Lydia Perl, who irritates the boys by coming up with nonsensical "explanations" for the Lisbons' behavior.



* RightThroughHisPants : And, apparently, Lux' tights, on the football field.

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* RightThroughHisPants : And, apparently, Lux' Lux's tights, on the football field.
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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: One of the boys mentions applying to Yale, because his father went there, despite living in Michigan.

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* IvyLeagueForEveryone: One of the boys Tim mentions applying to Yale, because his father went there, despite living in Michigan.


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* TheSmartGuy: Tim is "the brain" among his friends. In the film, the sister he's most interested in is his DistaffCounterpart [[NerdsAreSexy Therese]].
24th Jul '16 5:25:18 PM HamburgerTime
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* CreepyChild: Slightly averted with Cecilia.

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* CompressedAdaptation: In the book, there are quite a lot of neighborhood boys interested in the Lisbons, most of whom just get a name and a character trait or two. The film cuts it down to just Tim, Chase, Parkie, and David, plus Paul Baldino, the gangster's son, who unlike in the book isn't part of the circle of friends. The only other major omission is [[spoiler: Lux's PregnancyScare and the fallout thereof]].
* CreepyChild: Slightly averted with Cecilia. She's not creepy, just misunderstood.



* GoodBadGirl: Lux loves cigarettes and sex, but is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

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* GoodBadGirl: Lux loves cigarettes and sex, but is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Another one of her passions? Knitting.



* [[MafiaPrincess Mafia Prince]]: Paul Baldino, one of the neighborhood boys, is the son of a wealthy man who is [[ObviouslyEvil very obviously a gangster]].



* UnknownCharacter: TheNarrator. He's stated to be one of the neighborhood boys with crushes on the Lisbons all grown up, but it's never specified which one he is. He tells the story in first-person plural, speaking for all his friends at once.

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* UnknownCharacter: TheNarrator. He's stated to be one of the neighborhood boys with crushes on the Lisbons all grown up, but it's never specified which one he is. He tells the story in first-person plural, speaking for all his friends at once. Even with the film cutting the main male cast down to four, the narrator isn't identified, though he's probably David or Chase since Tim and Parkie get referred to in the third person.
22nd Jul '16 6:19:41 PM HamburgerTime
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* ApatheticCitizens: The adults of the town are concerned with little more than their own illusion of idyllic living, and when bad things such as [[DyingTown impending economic troubles]] [[spoiler: or a mass suicide]] come along they respond with either denial or [[NeverMyFault finding some "other" to pawn the blame off on]].


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* VillainousBreakdown: Mrs. Lisbon completely loses it [[spoiler: after Lux's PregnancyScare, effectively turning her house into a prison for her daughters and husband and letting it go to rack and ruin; the boys describe that the once beautiful house becomes increasingly dilapidated and is surrounded by disgusting smells of never-cleaned-up rotten food]].
19th Jul '16 9:50:33 PM HamburgerTime
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* IWasQuiteALooker: Mrs. Lisbon is said to have once been a beauty of some renown, much like her daughters, but it's almost impossible to tell now. Crosses into meta as well, as in the film she's played by former sexbomb Kathleen Turner.
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