Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the AtticI met a friend for drinks last night She came up and took one glance at the back cover to this book and her eyes widened No, she breathed Seriously Of course she recognized it from the back She read it around seventh grade I read it around seventh grade You read it around seventh grade An entire generation has this lurking in our collective adolescence.So that s why I re read it Okay, that and I thought it was hilarious just to hold it up on the subway I wanted to know just how creepy it is To be honest, I couldn t really remember, nor could most other people I talked to There s a vague sense of ickiness and illicitness, but that s about it.Here s your answer it is very, very creepy Friends, there s like a whole page where VC Andrews describes a five year old s underwear in loving, lavish detail Andrews is willing to eroticize anything. Here s a whipping My eyes bulged at the site of those pitiful welts on the creamy tender flesh that our father had handled with so much love and gentleness I floundered in a maelstrom of uncertainty 91 Floundered In a maelstrom Of uncertainty.Not that that s what we re here to discuss, though, is it We re here to discuss brotherfucking I m not gonna do a spoiler alert, dude If you didn t know Flowers in the Attic is about brotherfucking, you wouldn t be reading this So let s get to it And that is where he took me, and forced in that swollen, rigid male sex part of him that had to be satisfied It drove into my tight and resisting flesh which tore and bled Long strings of clouds blew across the face of the full moon, so it would duck and hide, then peek out again And on the roof, on a night that was made for lovers, we cried in each other s arms Don t hate me, Cathy, please don t hate me I didn t mean to rape you, I swear to God There s been many a time when I ve been tempted, and I was able to turn it off I don t hate you, Chrisit was my fault, too Oh yes, my fault tooI shouldn t have worn skimpy little see through garments around a brother who had all a man s strong physical needs And all we could see in the murky gray and cold, damp clouds was that single great eye of God shining up there in the moon 357 359 Ladies and gentlemen, this was your puberty How our generation functions at all, with this in our pasts, is beyond me.But we do, somehow, and some of you now have kids of your own And you re worried about them being exposed to too much sex and creepiness on the internet Listen, parents your kids are lucky They won t have to slink through library stacks looking for smut like this they can just go check out bukkake videos on Youporn There is nothing on the internet nothing worse than this fuckin book.And they ll be spared the godawful writing, too.I m not gonna give this book stars Flowers in the Attic transcends stars I hope you re happy, Jayme Just because I feel like someone ought to make this list, here are the books Cathy reads Something about King Arthur unclear which specific book Jude the Obscure Wuthering Heights Lorna Doone A Romance of Exmoor Little Men Jane Eyre UPDATE I ve just been alerted to the existence of VC Andrews original pitch letter Awesome UPDATE 2 It s been pointed out by no less august a publication than the New Yorker that Flowers in the Attic is not so much about brotherfucking as it is about the dangers of reading to induce brotherfucking So basically it s Don Quixote With brotherfucking Thanks, alert reader El No wonder this was so controversial It has not diminished in shock factor, I ll tell you that It s risque even than The Thorn Birds Quintessential page turner.Cannot wait to continue reading about these freaks that are the Dollangangers If loving the Flowers In The Attic series is wrong, then I don t want to be right. I read this book in grade school maybe middle school and I don t remember much except being in total awe that someone would write down such naughty things I seem to remember a scene where the grandma walks in while they re having sex and they can t stop because they are so enraptured with the experience and I remember thinking damn Sex must be awesome if it makes you lose your mind and not be able to control your senses Note to any young person that may be reading this sex is actually not so great that you couldn t stop if you re grandma walked in on you mid act so really, theres no need to run out there and try it too soon and always, always, always use a condom and sex with a sibling may be a titilating topic as evidenced in Middlesex but in real life that s just f ed up What I call a Jerry type of book Jerry Springer in the US Jeremy Kyle in the UK Sleazy incest stories where privacy has been exchanged for fame The book has much of an icky cringe factor than Jerry or Jeremy, where the salacious details are part of the entertainment of fifteen minutes of the tackiest, loudest and most violent people on tv I went through a Flowers in the Attic phase years ago, lots of people did, a guilty, guilty pleasure I ve gone through a Jeremy Springer one too, mornings in the gym I m just embarking on the Jeremy Kyle one He takes things seriously whereas Springer, who is as disreputable as his guests, is tongue in cheek Also sadly, whilst the participants are equally vulgar, British ones tend to be less loud and violent The producers need to learn to provoke them Read back in the 20th century Reviewed 2016 edited 2019 to bring out the sleaze factor Have loved this book since I was a little kid Mel Celebrate The Fortieth Anniversary Of The Enduring Gothic Masterpiece Flowers In The Attic The Unforgettable Forbidden Love Story That Earned VC Andrews A Fiercely Devoted Fan Base And Became An International Cult Classic At The Top Of The Stairs There Are Four Secrets Hidden Blond, Innocent, And Fighting For Their LivesThey Were A Perfect And Beautiful Family Until A Heartbreaking Tragedy Shattered Their Happiness Now, For The Sake Of An Inheritance That Will Ensure Their Future, The Children Must Be Hidden Away Out Of Sight, As If They Never Existed They Are Kept In The Attic Of Their Grandmother S Labyrinthine Mansion, Isolated And Alone As The Visits From Their Seemingly Unconcerned Mother Slowly Dwindle, The Four Children Grow Ever Closer And Depend Upon One Another To Survive Both This Cramped World And Their Cruel Grandmother A Suspenseful And Thrilling Tale Of Family, Greed, Murder, And Forbidden Love, Flowers In The Attic Is The Unputdownable First Novel Of The Epic Dollanganger Family Saga The Dollanganger Series Includes Flowers In The Attic, Petals In The Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds Of Yesterday, Garden Of Shadows, Beneath The Attic, AndOut Of The Attic With the novel that put V.C Andrews on the map and set the book reading world aflutter this piece seeks to explore the darkest and most seedy side of familial interactions and the extend to which blood can blind when placed in front of an extreme moral code The Dollanganger family are living a wonderful life, two loving parents and four well behaved children Chris, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie When news comes that the patriarch has died in a fiery crash, changes must be made A slew of letters go out, seeking assistance, though the replies are slow When Mother receives word from her own parents that she and the children may come to Virginia, the entire Dollanganger brood are overjoyed However, there are certain stipulations As Mother was tossed out of her childhood home and disinherited, she must hide the children away until she can convince her father to write her back into the will And, he knows nothing of the children and can never be made aware With all four children baffled about these strict rules, they are forced to accept that their mother knows best Upon arriving at this old mansion, the children are introduced to their grandmother, who is as steely as she was made out to be The children are locked in a room on the upper floor, forced to remain quiet, so as not to make their presence known to anyone Receiving food once a day, these children must follow a regimen that includes highly moralistic rules and strong biblical teachings The one night they are to be stashed away becomes a week, a month, and then than a year Chris and Cathy mature into young adulthood and become the surrogate parents to their younger twins Trying to find a way out, they discover that this prison is one worse than they could have imagined With the wickedness only increasing and their mother beginning to plot out her own life, winning her parents over after a scandalous union that saw her banished fifteen years ago, these children learn that they will have to fend for themselves Hormones coursing through them and blood boiling at the deception they faced, it is time to take action, or remain wilting flowers in this gloomy attic forever Chilling and graphic at times, Andrews has me hooked and wanting to know Recommended to the reader who has heard all about these pieces or remembers them from when they were released, but likely not a good book for readers who cannot stomach some odd inter familial behaviours.I knew little of the book before I began reading it, save that V.C Andrews presented a high impact incestuous storyline throughout However, as scandalous as it sounds, the reader may better understand this underlying thread once they are able to explore the novel and series a little deeper The characters come to life on the page, particularly the narration through the eyes of Cathy As the surrogate mother, the reader is able to see her enter a forced maturity, from the apple of her father s eye to fending for herself while protecting her younger siblings Chris has the same maturation, though he presents as a little standoffish before an intoxication with power, which some readers may justify while others condemn strongly Other strong and supporting characters help fuel the cruel undertone of the piece, including The Grandmother and the children s mother herself, giving the reader a sobering look at the extent to which some will exact their own moralistic code in order to keep some in line Other readers may see an ongoing vapidity in these two, out of touch with what children need to foster strong and healthy characters The story was surely disturbing on many levels, though I cannot see the extreme scandal in today s open mined society as would have been present in the late 1970s and early 80s Surely, as the book is deemed Young Adult Horror , those who read the book at the time have grown, as I have, to better understand some of the literary and societal nuances not grasped at the time Not to say that this is condoned behaviour, taken out of context I would like to read the rest of the series to see what is to come but must wrestle with my TBR pile in order to give it the time it deserves.Kudos, Madam Andrews, for a fabulous and surely memorable opening novel in this series I will return to see how these flowers grow and what blossoms emergeThis book fulfils Topic 2 Remember in the Equinox 6 Reading Challenge.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge I know, I know this book is tawdry, it s tabloidy It s the one book I secretly coveted and acquired in my tedious pre pubescent soul searching I d lay under the covers, flashlight in hand, knees up to make a psuedo tent and I d search for the dirty parts I knew there was something naughty between these pages, something to be whispered and giggled about later on with my girlfriends, something I didn t rightly understand.I went back and read the entire Dollanganger series as an adult, and yes, it is tacky But it s also elegant, like a beautifully written yet laughable soap opera It s pedantic yet fluid Monotone and a little stale, but it works, damn well And oh, the melodrama And above all else these books are fascinating The series is truly epic in scale, reaching back far before the children in Flowers were even born And it stretches further into their future, when some of their lives have ended, or been drastically altered.Andrews is relentless in her portrayal of parental indifference The mother and grandmother characters treat their progeny with such disregard, and yes, they do lock them in the attic, for years They never get to go outside, they re starved and slowly poisoned They get sick and grow weak, they re bones don t grow right, it s interminable And you begin to wonder, Jesus Why am I reading this terrible book And then it dawned on me.The gist, the grist, the core of this saga is the lasting and far reaching effects of incest, abuse and neglect The worst of which occurs in this first book And these things happen, all the time In our world, the real world, all around us I think this book is important I think it tells a universal story and I was often moved by it and by the series as a whole But it made me wonder, it made me wonder about the author, about her story if she was raised in similar circumstances And I think that s the point because you never know, you can never really know what someone else has been through, where their lives took them, and why they are the way they are.

Virginia Andrews, V Andrews,

[Reading] ➶ Flowers in the Attic By V.C. Andrews – Stockbag.info
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Flowers in the Attic
  • V.C. Andrews
  • English
  • 06 August 2017
  • 9781982108106

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