Flowers in the Attic is the dark, terrifying tale of four innocent children who are locked away from the world by a selfish mother. Ties in to the film starring Louise Fletcher and Victoria Tenant that was released in October. Garden of Shadows, the exciting prequel, will be released this month.)
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I read these books when they first came out and I remember being gripped by the story not knowing whether it was fact or fiction or as it turned out a mixture of both. The original author Virginia Andrews died after writing I think 3 then it became a sort of amalgamation of writers some good some not so good but none bad, maybe I have this wrong and if I have sorry. Still a good story and worth reading.
An article I was reading called V.C. Andrews 'Flowers In The Attic' a guilty pleasure. It got me to thinking about when I had read the book.
OK will I admit that I LOVED the book. I even went on to read others in the series until I just couldn't take the incest any more. I am just wondering how many of you have read any of V. C. Andrews and do you also feel guilty about enjoying these books.
When I read them I was a teenager and there was no getting embarrased then.But,after V.C could no longer write the books they did become cheesy, but,I still read them until 15 years ago .I never get embarrassed about what I read ,and I was really picked on as a young adult for reading true crime.I would always respond with "I bet you sit in front of the TV and watch Law and Order and other police shows".That would usually shut them up.LOLOLOL
lol i know what you mean. But i feel like the situation the characters are in sort of make an excuse for them. Such as Cathy and Chris; they grow up together isolated in one room, theyre bodys and hormones growing rapidly...it was bound to happen
Guilty pleasure can work both ways, trashy or academic. These days it's practically a prerequisite to become a bestseller to get noticed. Thousands of wonderful authors will never see the light of day unless they climb the charts and achieve some sort of notoriety. "The Secret History" is about college students gone wrong so I can understand the allure of studying it at university.
I find it interesting what books are considered 'a guilty pleasure'. This is definitely the case with Donna Tartt's Secret History. It is one of the most refined and eloquently written novels of the last 20 years but if suffered critically due to its status as a bestseller. My friend is studying it at university so it has obviously now been recognised for its value academically!
Flowers in the Attic was a great book! I'm with ya on the uncomfortable incest but in a way it was understandable. The eldest brother and sister were demanded to play the roles of "mommy and daddy" and they never really knew of any other kind of life, not to mention they were at an incredibly impressionable age and kind of didn't know better.
i have read flowers in the attic and i did really enjoy it. as far as the incest goes i personally think there was a kind of inevitability about it,and actually that provoked a lot of sympathy in me for the characters. it was almost a self fulfilling prophecy on the part of their grandmother. another book with similar themes that wierdly provoked sympathy in me was the cement garden by ian mckewan.
My Sweet Audrina was one of my favourites, but the 'Heaven' series stands out a lot for me - shock value! Love them all though - can't put them down even if they do have serious issues! That's what a good story and a good writer is about.
Julez It seems that you are in part right about not all the books being written by the orginial V.C. Andews. Her family got a ghost writer after her dealth. It also seems that she had outlines for several books written prior to her dealth. You can check out her bio on http://completevca.com/bio_bio.shtml.
I am sure they got rid of the incest in the movie so it could go over with the public. I think I read these book in high school. I am making an effort to go back and reread books I haven't read in over 10 years so maybe I will reread her books with the experience of time as a guide.
I like her books! I saw the film first, and I don't know if you've seen it, but there was no mention of incest in it, so it was a bit of a shock when I read it! I'd like to read the rest of the series - in fact I'd like to read all her books. I've read others, and though the themes seem quite disturbing, I really enjoy her books. My English teacher once said that she used to like Andrews' books, but stopped because she felt like she was sick - so I thought, does that make me sick? But surely not, seeing as millions of people read her books. But answering your question, no I do not feel guilty about reading them, it's nice to read something different.
This book is absolutely ASTONISHING!!! Emotions become churned up as you realize,sooner or later,that you like one of the actual characters!!! For me,I watched the movie first in class & thought it was the most unspeakable thing I've ever seen but then my writing lab teacher kept informing us that it was a book to it & i just HAD to read it!!! Oh my gosh within the first chapter,i was mesmerized!! I recommend this book for ALL ages just to let some of them know they are very lucky they aren't being treated with such cruelty!!!! >.<3
A very engrossing book. I read it about 1984 as a teenager. Such taboo subjects and so sad and hard to read about the children. Very well written and you never got the feeling the plot was just to shock or titillate. The second book, as I remember, was pretty good but I think it started to go down with the thrid.