''The Virgin Suicides'' is a novel by JeffreyEugenides 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.
* AbusiveParents: 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.
* AdultFear: As incompetent parents as they were, it's hard not to sympathize with the Lisbon parents. In the film adaptation, Mrs. Lisbon worriedly almost runs after the ambulance that takes Cecilia away, clutching her daughter's bedrobe, unsure of what to do.
* AdaptationDistillation: Despite setting Lux as the main character, Sofia Coppola's 1999 version is very loyal to the novel.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: An early speculation about Cecilia's attitude toward Dominic though it later gets rather debunked by her diary entry.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: When the girls run out to protect their tree from being cut down, the boys note that this was one of the few times they seen Mr. Lisbon hold Mrs. Lisbon in affection. Likewise, Mrs. Lisbon tells the yard workers that her girls have a right to stand there.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Trip Fontaine, designated pot-smoking MrFanservice.
* BathSuicide: Subverted. Cecilia attempts this, but survives.
** Aformentioned Cecilia.
** Also - Dominic Palazzolo, who jumps off the roof yet fails to die. Unlike Cecilia, he doesn't seem to phased by his continued existence.
** Mary's first suicide also fails. She lives for a while before she successfully dies by sleeping pills.
* TheCharmer: Trip Fontaine has shades of this. He is generally [[ChivalrousPervert quite gentlemanly]] about his conquests.
* ChildhoodMemoryDemolitionTeam: The trees in the neighborhood are being cut down because of a spreading disease. The Lisbon girls try to prevent the tree in their front yard from being cut down because of how much it meant to Cecilia. Possibly subverted that Mr. Lisbon never recalls Cecilia exactly being interested in the tree and some speculate that the girls had a publicity motive for protecting it.
* CreepyChild: Slightly averted with Cecilia.
* CynicismCatalyst: Averted, judging by the way the remaining Lisbon sisters are said to have ''winked'' when passing Cecilia's open casket.
* DaddysGirl: Inept as he is, Mr. Lisbon does adore his girls and does his best.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Lux is almost perpetually barefoot. She later abuses this fact to play FootsieUnderTheTable, and to [[spoiler:try to tantalize Trip, whose eyes remain glued to her foot]].
* DrivenToSuicide: The motives of the girls are never truly disclosed. Only with Cecilia do we get anything close to insight.
-->'''Doctor''': What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets.
-->'''Cecilia''': Obviously, Doctor, you've never been a 13-year-old girl.
* EvilMatriarch: Mrs. Lisbon. Oh God Mrs. Lisbon has all the classic traits.
** KnightTemplarParent: Ultimately though, her unsavory traits are downplayed and it's clear she just wants to protect the girls. She just gets [[LoveMakesYouCrazy a little nuts about it]].
* [[spoiler: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin]]: The novel is about virgins who commit suicide. Subverted, probably intentionally, because[[spoiler: Lux does not die a virgin]].
* FemaleGaze: While much of the film is about the boys trying to sort out the mystery of the girls' deaths, one strong example is Trip's "babe walk" down the hall at school, to [[CrowningMusicofAwesome Heart's "Magic Man."]]
* ForegoneConclusion: Look at the title.
* GirlNextDoor: The Lisbon girls, though they are of a particularly hard-to-approach variety.
* GreekChorus: The boys are often described as this, though author Eugenides himself disagrees somewhat and believes the trope only gets attributed to them because of his (Greek) last name.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: All five of the Lisbon girls
* HandsomeLech: Trip Fontaine
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies: By the end of the film, all of the Lisbon sisters have killed themselves.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Cecilia. She does it herself.
* InMediasRes: The story begins with [[spoiler:the paramedics taking away Mary's dead body]].
* IvyLeague: One of the boys mentions applying to Yale, because his father went there, despite living in Michigan.
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: The fate of the Lisbon sisters who all killed themselves.]]
* LadyKillerInLove: Trip develops a intense and passionate crush on the elusive Lux, having previously never had more than a passing interest in any girl. [[spoiler:However, after they have sex on the football field he "just gets sick of her right then and there", leaves, and the two of them have no further contact.]]
* LovingAShadow: For all their supposed love toward the Lisbon girls, it turns out that ultimately the boys know very little about who they really were as people.
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: [[spoiler: Lux Lisbon]] has a succession of encounters on the roof of her house.
* MamaBear: Mrs. Lisbon. Dear god Mrs. Lisbon.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: The Lisbon sisters represent a more subdued type to the narrators.
* ProudToBeAGeek: Mr. Lisbon, at least in the movie. Want to see his model airplanes?
* RiddleForTheAges: Why ''did'' the girls commit suicide?
* RightThroughHisPants : And, apparently, Lux' tights, on the football field.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In the film adaptation, when Perl's news van drives to their home, the girls suddenly lose interest in protecting their tree and run back inside their house.
* StalkerWithACrush: The narrators' infatuation with the Lisbon girls.
* StandardFiftiesFather: Subverted with the weak and ineffectual Mr. Lisbon. Any attempt he makes in being this is to no use as his family crumbles around him.
* StartsWithASuicide: Opens with Cecilia's first suicide attempt. Her second, successful one is what really sets the story in motion.
* SuicideIsPainless: Subverted with Dominic Palazzolo, who jumps off the roof without much thought, then walks away unscathed.
* VirginInAWhiteDress: Cecilia constantly wears a wedding gown despite all attempts to make her take it off, eventually [[spoiler:dying in it]].
* VirginPower: The possible reason why the girls are so fascinating. Well, except that one...