FITA was the original book, followed by
Petals on the Wind picked up immediately where FITA left off and takes their story all the way through to when Cathy wreaks her revenge on her mother and the Grandmother and ends with Foxworth Hall catching on fire and burning to the ground. And yes, this is when Cathy and the Doctor ("Paul"), who took the kids in as a surrogate father, hook up. Cathy also sets out to find and seduce Bart Winslow, the man that their mother married, abandoning her children and leaving them to the mercy of the eville Grandmother, leading to a horrifying climax.
If There Be Thorns starts several years later, with Cathy and Chris living in sin and raising Cathy's two sons (Jory, whose father was Julian, her ballet partner and first husband, and the other from her mother's husband, Bart Winslow. It's has at least two narrators/protagonists - Cathy and Bart, Jr., and I cannot remember if there was a third one. Their mother returns and moves in next door to their home but is a recluse until shit hits the fan one night and all secrets come tumbling out, leading to a horrifying climax.
Seeds of Yesterday - Jumps forward several years. Bart Jr. ( business mogul) and Jory (a famous ballet dancer, like his father) are adults, and Bart Jr., who inherited his now-dead Grandmother's (Cathy's mother's) estate, and rebuilds Foxworth Hall and moves the entire family there. Bart wants to ruin Jory's life as well as their adopted sister, Cindy, and the elderly butler to run things at the new Foxworth Hall turns out to be none other than Corrine's (Cathy's mother's) older brother who was long-believed to be dead. All kinds of angsty drama ensues, leading to a horrifying climax.
Lastly, Garden of Shadows is the Prequel to Flowers in the Attic, and is told from the eville Grandmother's POV. It starts when she is a young woman destined to be a plain, serious spinster until she meets Malcolm Foxworth, who charms her off her feet and asks to marry her. As soon as the "I do's" are done, she learns that life with her husband is going to be anything but warm, healthy, and filled with love and respect, leading to a horrifying climax.
How's that for a quick summary?
As far as trying to get a look at smut, three of my first cousins (who are all right around my age) are boys. Back when they were 10, 12, and 13 (and when the cable boxes were primitive, they would sit in front of the TV for hours on end, squinting at the scrambled screens for the Playboy Channel and Skinemax (Cinemax) channels on Saturday nights hoping to catch a glimpse of a boobs and female genitalia through the distortion .
What? She didn't explore Carrie, the remaining twin? Not only she was yanked from her home, locked up without being outside but she lost her twin brother. That's some prime adulthood neurosis material. Surely the writer could have used Carrie for some angsty drama leading to a horrifying climax?
Clearly, I have flipped through my copy yesterday to refresh my memory.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
LOL! Yup, no internet for us for easy access to smut. We were well and truly sheltered and most glimpses of anything naughty were from National Geographic pictures from places like Africa or Amazonian tribes.
I remember finding a stack of porn magazines stuck up in the rafters of nearby park buildings when I wasn't even 10. It was a huge eye opener for me. And in the 80's when we had analog satellite, you'd randomly be browsing through the channels on a satellite and suddenly there'd be this full blown orgy on tv, my gosh, you would flick past that channel as fast as you could for fear of a passing parent!! Such guilt for even glimpsing any skin. What a different world.
Most parents had no clue what a V.C Andrews book contained!!
V.C. Andrews books were more like Grimms Fairy Tales than porn or soap opera. There was very little character development and no explicit sex scenes. They were very plot driven and involved a twisted person starting a chain of calamitous events. Cathy was very much a fairy tale princess albeit not the Disney version. We had Grimm's on our bookshelf when I was growing up, and there is incest and rape in there and considerably more violence.
Seriously - why was this series popular? OMG!!! So creepy. We could not get enough of it in jr. high, lol.
But thank god all those years in the attic didn't hurt her dance career!
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
yeah i remember cathy not growing and then creating her own horrifying climax
I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
I was an avid reader of these books through my teen years. Read the entire FITA, Heaven and Dawn series, plus My Sweet Audrina. After that, I realized it was the same predictable formula over and over:
1) take a dysfunctional Southern white family...
2) throw in some incest and rape,
3) pit poor people vs rich people, and
4) top it off with an eville grandmother...
Some of the writing was bizarre, too. Things like "...and then he forced his male sex in me."
That said, I might tune into the Lifetime movie for old time's sake.
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"Marge, if you're going to get mad at me every time I do something stupid, then I guess I'm just going to have to stop doing stupid things!" - Homer Simpson in the Mr. Plow episode
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I'd forgotten all about these books. Brings back teeny bopper memories. I didn't know there was a movie made in 1987. I guess I'd watch the new version just to check it out but it doesn't sound like it will be very good.
The mother lived in the books? "Eat the cookie, mother" was one of my favorite lines.
Yeah the mother made it all the way to the third book, If There Be Thorns. I forget how she died though I'm sure it was something really (melo)dramatik.
I'm pretty sure it was a horrifying climax.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
When Corrine's will was read, the Original Foxworth Hall, and its entire estate, was left to Cathy and Chris, her only two surviving children, and IIRC, to Bart Winslow, Jr. (Cathy's son by way of Corrine's second husband), and to Jory (Cathy's first husband, who was a retired Primiere Male Danseur in the Ballet World (prior to the accident that left him a paraplegic), with Bart, Jr. being appointed the Executor of the Estate.
Hell, we haven't even gotten to discussing Seed of Yesterday, which has the clichéd ret-con of one of Corrine's older brothers who died in a horrifying skiing accident in in his early 20s in Switzerland, only to be found very much alive by Bart Jr., as brought back by him and given the position Butler for the Foxworth Hall and [sytolr]Bart's right hand man[/strike]?
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