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5th Jul '17 10:41:42 AM CarolC
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** Downplayed, Mrs. Lisbon is strict and Mr. Lisbon is inept, but the narrative does not spend much time holding them culpable and there are many moments where they do display love toward their daughters and have a difficult time recovering from their deaths.

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** Downplayed, Mrs. Lisbon is strict and Mr. Lisbon is inept, but the narrative does not spend much time holding them culpable and there are many moments where they do display love toward their daughters and have a difficult time recovering from their deaths.deaths sometimes to the extent of deep denial over what happened.


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* ParentsAsPeople: Prior to the lock-down, the Lisbon couple made some effort to give the girl's breathing space in the aftermath of Celia's first attempted suicide.
7th Feb '17 7:19:05 AM Mdumas43073
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''The Virgin Suicides'' is a novel by [[Literature/{{Middlesex}} Jeffrey Eugenides]] about the death of suburbia in the 1970s. The story is told from the point of view of a group of teenage boys who are fixated on the beautiful, sheltered, and enigmatic Lisbon girls: Bonnie, Mary, Lux, Therese and Cecilia. Armed with stolen diaries, photos, an intimate knowledge of the girls' incoming mail, and a telescope, the boys seek to solve the mystery of the girls' existence. The entire book is about the boys trying to find out the motives of the girls and the reason why they come to such an untimely end.

The novel was adapted into a film by Creator/SofiaCoppola as her feature-length debut, and the first time she worked with Creator/KirstenDunst.

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''The Virgin Suicides'' is a 1993 novel by [[Literature/{{Middlesex}} Jeffrey Eugenides]] about the death of suburbia in the 1970s. 1970s.

The story is told from the point of view of a group of teenage boys who are fixated on the beautiful, sheltered, and enigmatic Lisbon girls: Bonnie, Mary, Lux, Therese and Cecilia. Armed with stolen diaries, photos, an intimate knowledge of the girls' incoming mail, and a telescope, the boys seek to solve the mystery of the girls' existence. The entire book is about the boys trying to find out the motives of the girls and the reason why they come to such an untimely end.

The novel was adapted into a 1999 film by Creator/SofiaCoppola as her feature-length debut, and the first time she worked with Creator/KirstenDunst.
10th Sep '16 8:49:53 PM HamburgerTime
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* ILetGwenStacyDie: The narrators feel this way about all the girls, [[spoiler: but most especially Lux, after they discover she was still alive when they fled the house]].


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* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: Lux Lisbon.
2nd Sep '16 4:40:17 PM HamburgerTime
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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In the film, Mr. Lisbon, Tim, and Chase all in quick succession glimpse a mysterious apparition of Cecilia after her death. Its nature is never explained.
24th Aug '16 11:42:58 AM Sarah1281
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The narrator likens the Lisbons' plight to the life cycle of the fishfly, a ubiquitous insect that is born, mates, lays eggs and dies in under a day. Fishflies do exist and are known for their short lifespans, but in real life they life for around a week as adults and spend several years as larvae beforehand.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The narrator likens the Lisbons' plight to the life cycle of the fishfly, a ubiquitous insect that is born, mates, lays eggs and dies in under a day. Fishflies do exist and are known for their short lifespans, but in real life they life live for around a week as adults and spend several years as larvae beforehand.
12th Aug '16 6:30:09 PM HamburgerTime
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The narrator likens the Lisbons' plight to the life cycle of the fishfly, a ubiquitous insect that is born, mates, lays eggs and dies in under a day. Fishflies do exist and are known for their short lifespans, but in real life they life for around a week as adults and spend several years as larvae beforehand.
1st Aug '16 4:33:41 AM hullflyer
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** Also - Dominic Palazzolo, who jumps off the roof yet fails to die. Unlike Cecilia, he doesn't seem to fazed by his continued existence.

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** Also - Dominic Palazzolo, who jumps off the roof yet fails to die. Unlike Cecilia, he doesn't seem to too fazed by his continued existence.
26th Jul '16 11:04:52 AM HamburgerTime
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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]].
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