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Title: The Official Zine
Description: 1999

Ronald Lisbon - June 9, 2011 02:18 AM (GMT)
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This is an overview, the images can't be clicked on. I'll post each page so it's large enough its text is readable. It'll be time consuming, but I should be able to redo these as thumbnails with links.

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(From the IMDB post with the first collage.)

This is a half-assed visual overview of the zine published around the time of the film's release in 1999. It may have been available at the film festivals, and was included in the vinyl album's packaging. Missing from above are several pages from the book's first chapter, and another dozen or so pages that went beyond the limit of the collage app. I'll eventually post all the pages seperately and large enough for the text to be read. (Snark: If you can't wait for them to be posted, delete the -1 and substitute 67 with other numbers, you may find the link for a few of them.)

I didn't want to post this as a reply to "a movie made for teenage girls," but the question of the movie's intended audience is brought up once in awhile and I'd wanted to find answers lately. Giving this zine -so called by Jeffrey Eugenides within its pages rather than "A New Generation's Companion To Film" as it's title is captioned on the cover- a little scrutiny, you will find articles on the two main teenaged roles along with photos of them that transcend a Tiger Beat piece, yet retain the fetishist appeal of them and their characters. That's the gist of it; an introduction to the creative forces that had a part in the film, and transportive imagery of 70's suburbia.

There's a reading list consisting mostly of books about suicidal young people, or just the suicidal, the exceptions including A Catcher In The Rye and Lolita included here as field guides for better bearing witness to the two themes palpable in every other scene of The Virgin Suicides, respectively rebellion and obsession. Neither of those books were written for an adolescent audience; A Catcher...was adopted by them. Unlike the rest of the list the protagonist in Lolita is a middle-aged man, speaking to the now adult group of boys whose collective identities narrate TvS, and are the fictional counterparts of the people in Jeffrey Eugenides' generation said by him to have failed to have fully grown up.

to be continued

Ronald Lisbon - June 11, 2011 01:54 PM (GMT)
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Ronald Lisbon - June 11, 2011 03:33 PM (GMT)

Ronald Lisbon - July 27, 2011 09:36 AM (GMT)
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Ronald Lisbon - March 11, 2012 07:31 PM (GMT)
(I had posted these on an IMDB messageboard thread because of bandwidth issues I didn't want to deal with.)

And no, those almost manorial Grosse Pointe homes mentioned in the book and shown at the beginning of the film weren't interconnected by a sewer system that could be entered by man-size accomodating storm drains. The movie version of the Lisbon house is of an architectural design not built until at least the mid-century, the drain a vestigial thigh sized circumference. The absence of the storm gate in the Lisbon house would be all but verified by its lack of mention if not for the at least preliminary steps taken to build a bomb shelter, which may have incorporated it into obscurity. I lived in a basement apartment that had in years past comprised part of a turn-of-the-century upper-middle class household before it'd been divied up to maximize their rental unit capacities, and have never seen or felt through the carpet such a thoroughfare. They do exist in old department stores, according to an episode of the AMC series The Walking Dead. (I should look it up.)

I'm just going to say it, it was a reference to Watergate. A sewer entrance; a water gate. And not unlike the Watergate scandal, the sisters' suicides was comprehended by only a fraction of the people who were familiar with the story.

These are the remaining pages of the zine.

Josh must've kept the above shown backdrop mural scenery used in TVS as a souvenir, it's in another of his movies, Wicker Park:

Reassessing the suggested reading list, there are several titles about suicide, rather than specifically suicidal young people.

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