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    OMG, I read the Dollanganger/Flowers In the Attic series when I was a teen too. Trashy, tacky, and page-turning all at the same damn time! I remember being sorely disappointed in the movie, but Louise Fletcher played the crazy ass grandma to the "T". Wasn't the mother feeding the twins cookies laced with arsenic and the boy was the first to die, and the daughter died by eating a poisoned cookie right before she was supposed to get married to a theological student? That happened in the second novel, Petals in The Wind.

    I wasn't too fond of If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday (the last book in that series) was a bore, but still had a lot of scandal and fuckery. The prequel, Garden of Shadows was ghostwritten because VC Andrews died the year before the book was published. It wasn't as good as the first four books in the series, but it delved into how Grandma Olivia became such a cold, mean old woman years later.

    I may have to watch this on Lifetime for the cheesiness factor
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    Man I'd forgotten a lot of those details.

    The arsenic killing one of the younger twins, the whipping, incest, was mainly what I remembered. I completely forgot Cathy came back to exact her whipping revenge!

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    V.C. Andrews sure loved the idea of incest. It was virtually in every book she wrote. She was very twisted.

    As a teenager, I preferred the Heaven series to Flowers in the Attic. I really loved the character of Troy Tatterton.

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    I always wondered if she grew up with incest since she wrote about it in every book. I thought she had started the Heaven series before she died. And then someone finished it up after her death.

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    I remember every summer my grandmother would take me to the library and check out a bunch of books for me to read while I was at her house. One week, when I was about 9 years old, they had a bunch of VC Andrews books on display, and I got Flowers in the Attic. I don't think my grandmother knew what it was or she wouldn't have let me check it out. After I finished reading it, I was so horrified and stunned by what I had just read that I was actually worried God would punish me for reading it. LOL

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    My Sweet Audrina, that book was all sorts of f-ed up! I know I read it a few times as a teenager and I'm still not sure if I totally understand everything that happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JadeStar70 View Post
    I always wondered if she grew up with incest since she wrote about it in every book. I thought she had started the Heaven series before she died. And then someone finished it up after her death.
    This is true. I kept reading those and even read the Dawn and Ruby series but they just weren't the same. My Sweet Audrina was all kinds of messed up. I loved it.
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    I did read the Dawn series too,...but not the Ruby series. I am assuming it was written after the Dawn one. I use to have all the paperbacks of the Flowers and Heaven series,...but can't locate them now. I probably left them at my Mom's and she sold them at a garage sale...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by dolem View Post
    I was never into this particular series of VC Andrews, but did read quite a few others. I guess I never realized all the sibling love that went on in her books. I remember loving the Casteel series, with Heaven as the main character. Gosh, those books were amazing for a Jr. High early High schooler.
    Heaven Leigh Casteel... lawd. I read ALL those damn books.. so did Shed!
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    Yes, fortunately my mom was pretty oblivious to what I was reading. A friend of mine got me Forever for Christmas in 7th grade. I read the Flowers in the Attic series over and over. Catherine, who continues the incest with her brother as an adult, comes back when her grandmother is infirm and bed-ridden and whips her. I think at least one of the twins dies from arsenic poisoning.

    I never got into the Heaven series or any of the later ones (probably because the real VC Andrews died and was replaced by a ghostwriter), but My Sweet Audrina was pretty amazing. Maybe when I get more reading time I'll revisit that one.

    I want to see it too. I don't have Lifetime, though (no cable). Do you think Netflix would have it or maybe I could buy it/rent it from Xbox Video?
    Both twins (Cory & Carrie) die from arsenic poisoning! The mother killed Cory & then later Carrie ate that shit and killed herself. Yes, Cathy went back and whooped Grandmother... but she also went back and stole her mother's husband (Bart Winslow) and had his baby! Later when Cathy & Christopher (pretending to be Dr. Paul's brother Christopher Sheffield) are living as husband and wife raising her sons, the mother moves in next door along with the evil old butler with the ill-fitting dentures and the butler poisons poor little Bart's mind... i cannot believe I remember so much of that shit! I think I STILL have those books somewhere!
    Quote Originally Posted by JadeStar70 View Post
    I read the Flowers in the Attic and the Heaven series many times over the years. I may buy them again for my Kindle...lol. I bet Netflix will carry this one day.(no cable here either)
    I still have them... I think on a bookshelf in a spare room.
    Quote Originally Posted by hustle4alivin View Post
    OMG, I read the Dollanganger/Flowers In the Attic series when I was a teen too. Trashy, tacky, and page-turning all at the same damn time! I remember being sorely disappointed in the movie, but Louise Fletcher played the crazy ass grandma to the "T". Wasn't the mother feeding the twins cookies laced with arsenic and the boy was the first to die, and the daughter died by eating a poisoned cookie right before she was supposed to get married to a theological student? That happened in the second novel, Petals in The Wind.

    I wasn't too fond of If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday (the last book in that series) was a bore, but still had a lot of scandal and fuckery. The prequel, Garden of Shadows was ghostwritten because VC Andrews died the year before the book was published. It wasn't as good as the first four books in the series, but it delved into how Grandma Olivia became such a cold, mean old woman years later.

    I may have to watch this on Lifetime for the cheesiness factor
    YES! Incest all over the place! First, the son rapes and impregnates the step mother and Olivia locks her in the attic to have the baby - Corrine (the mother Cathy, Chris, Cory & Carrie). Later, Christopher has to come live with Malcolm, Olivia & Corrine (who is secretly his half sister).. Chris & Corrine fall in love but don't know that they are half siblings. Then, of course Chris & Cathy get locked in the attic and become incestuous lovahs as well.
    In Heaven, Troy & Heaven get together and he turns out to be her uncle.
    incest was a really big theme with V.C. Andrews...
    Quote Originally Posted by smurfette View Post
    V.C. Andrews sure loved the idea of incest. It was virtually in every book she wrote. She was very twisted.

    As a teenager, I preferred the Heaven series to Flowers in the Attic. I really loved the character of Troy Tatterton.
    I preferred Flowers in the Attic series...
    Quote Originally Posted by dolem View Post
    My Sweet Audrina, that book was all sorts of f-ed up! I know I read it a few times as a teenager and I'm still not sure if I totally understand everything that happened.
    yeah, that one was a big mess! oy!
    Quote Originally Posted by gas_chick View Post
    This is true. I kept reading those and even read the Dawn and Ruby series but they just weren't the same. My Sweet Audrina was all kinds of messed up. I loved it.
    Dawn sang & Ruby was from the bayou, right? yeah... i kept reading too.
    I am soooo gonna watch and record this shit!
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    Which series was the one with the hillbilly family? I think I started that and never finished because I went off to college and then grad school (where reading for fun pretty much ends for a while). The only thing I remember about that series is they would go to houses and find housewives that were unloading groceries from the car, and when she went inside, they would steal bags of food and run. One of the girls grabbed a bag full of paper products like TP, and her brother said "You have to git the heavy ones!" and laughed at her. I think about that every time I'm unloading my car LOL and I read that so many years ago. That is the only thing I remember about that series, except that it was so different in writing style from the Flowers in the Attic series. That is probably another reason I stopped reading them, the real VC Andrews died and her ghostwritten books weren't as riveting.

    Now I have to read My Sweet Audrina again. I read that over and over as a teen and I remember being fascinated by it. I have a test I'm studying for at the end of the month, so my leisure reading is on hold, but when I finish with that I will reward myself with re-reading My Sweet Audrina again.

    Wow, Mel, I had forgotten about Carrie. I knew one of the twins died just as they were escaping. You sure do remember a lot!

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    That was the Casteel family (Heaven).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1973 View Post
    That was the Casteel family (Heaven).
    Oh, OK. I think after college I got into the Ann Rice books. The Mayfair witches. Those were pretty incestuous and sick too.

    I wonder if teen girls are still reading VC Andrews? And I wonder if the more recent books are as sick and full of incest as they were in the 80's?

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    yep! read the anne rice shit too. lasher... the mayfair witches. all good! but, hey at least we all missed the twilight shit and 50 shades of soccer mom porn! i'd rather read v.c. andrews and anne rice all day long!
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    Gawd do you really think V.C. Andrews was the Twilight of our generation? I mean, sure it was trash but it wasn't totally stupid, just ridiculously scandalous. My justification, anyways

    And I can't believe how much you remember about the books Mel. Damn! My memory sucks, especially since I burned through those so fast and it must have been oh, 25 years ago.

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    this (and dennis rodman's 'dream team' expedition to north korea) just made my day.
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