Great Character: Lux Lisbon (“The Virgin Suicides”)
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When Jeffrey Eugenides wrote his debut novel, The Virgin Suicides , back in , he could scarcely have imagined the visual impact that his examination of adolescence would have on the world: its subsequent film adaptation, directed by Sofia Coppola, has visually framed teenage narratives ever since. A haunting exploration of high-school yearning, the melancholy of youth and, above all, the puzzlingly mystical nature of adolescent lust, Lux Lisbon and her sisters have managed to transcend the category of teen dramatists and become fashion icons — even making their way into a fashion spread for The Face magazine, shot by Corinne Day. Here we examine the lessons we can learn from their styling — from the importance of insouciance to the relevance of a soundtrack. I definitely brought that to the film score, this idea of not being loved enough.
The fictional story, which is set in Grosse Pointe, Michigan during the s, centers on the lives of five sisters, the Lisbon girls. The novel is written in first person plural from the perspective of an anonymous group of teenage boys who struggle to find an explanation for the Lisbons' deaths. Eugenides told 3am Magazine : "I think that if my name hadn't been Eugenides, people wouldn't have called the narrator a Greek chorus".