Why is the book Valley of the Dolls called Valley of the Dolls?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Valley of the Dolls: Valley, in a allegorical sense, refers to the depths to which the main characters plummeted. It can also be literally referenced as a place -- such as the San Fernando Valley in CA as I believe this is where the characters lived. "Dolls" is the slang term for the drugs used by the women-- seconal, nembutal -- basically stimulants (speed) to which they became addicted.

  • 3 years ago

    Valley Of The Dolls Book

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well for one, the characters are in a valley, and 2 the happy pills they take are called "Dolls" I watched the movie before/

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Dolls was a very real slang term for tranquilizers at the time, which were very easy to get a prescription for. The most common was valium, immortalized by the Rolling Stones in 'Mother's Little Helper'--

    And though she's not really ill

    There's a little yellow pill

    She goes running for the shelter of her mother's little helper

    It was handed out almost like candy at one time because nobody thought it was addictive. Everybody at the time knew what the little yellow pill was, and probably knew someone taking it. I had a girlfriend that got it from the university health center for 'stress'. It could be deadly mixed with enough alcohol, and it WAS addictive.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a play on words-- the "dolls" refer to the women who are the main characters as well as the pills they are taking. And the valley is... well, the valley....

  • senlin
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    In the world of Jaqueline Suzanne, "dolls" was a slang term for pills (in the real world, I don't think anyone ever used that term). Watch the movie. There's a great moment in which a scenery chewing Patty Duke is screaming "I need my dolls!" Definitely high camp. Of course, there may be some deeper symbolism at play, but if there is, it escapes me.

  • 1 decade ago

    i think the book takes place in the san fernando valley near los angeles and it is about three women who are beautiful, troubled, and helpless to the world around them; like dolls who look so pretty and peaceful but are empty inside.

  • 1 decade ago

    Dolls = pills

    Valley = the lala land that the women live in (they actually live in Hollywood and NY

    The book is about a woman addicted to uppers, downers, and anything else she can get her hands on. It's my 8th favourite book of all time.

  • 1 decade ago

    Dolls was slang for pills.

  • 1 decade ago

    Probably about California ' society '. They're all valleys, aren't they?

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