Petals on the Wind–Cover Post

You guys. You guys. You. Guys. Look at it. Just…look at it. This is my favorite V.C. Andrews stepback picture. I mean, it has to be. It’s incredible. Like most of the Dollanganger stepbacks, it’s pretty straightforward, cast-wise: Carrie, Cathy, Christopher, with Olivia (!) in front. Like the later Landry stepbacks, it shows an actual…

We’re All Old as the Mountains Now

Here it is, y’all. The end of Flowers in the Attic. This is gonna be…something. It’s spring now, and Chris has gotten sick (uh oh). He’s too sick to go out robbin’ bedrooms with his sister, so he tells Cathy that she needs to go by herself. She doesn’t want to leave him alone, which…

Flowers in the Attic: A Lifetime Movie Experience

There are too few opportunities in life to say, “I can’t believe they left out the blood-drinking!”. Other than that, though, the Lifetime movie version of FitA was a pretty good time. They left in plenty of little moments that the ’80s version left out, and it was era-appropriate, and AND Christopher wasn’t the worst!…

Everybody’s SCREAMING

We return to our favorite kids just as Cory’s screaming bloody murder because why not? It’s Cory’s turn to scream (NOTE: I originally wrote “Cory’s urn to scream” which…TOO SOON) and Carrie immediately starts screaming too while Cathy tears up the stairs to him with their other siblings in tow. These kids are exhausting. Turns…

Enter the Weirdness

Part II starts with a time jump. Yes really. Another year goes by, ostensibly full of barre exercises, reading lessons, and awkward gazing. As do all of our years, right? Chris and Cathy have started laying out on the attic roof between the corner where two wings meets and they can’t be seen (though they’re…

Five Years! Five Years!

I just wanted to take a moment on this, the FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of my very first recap post* to say a huge, giant, incredible THANK YOU to each and every one of y’all. When I started writing this blog, I had no idea if anyone past the friends I needled would ever read this, and…

It’s Only Been a Year?

Cathy has drifted off to sleep after Chris went off exploring in his Charlie McCarthy cosplay (I use only topical references) and she gets woken up in possibly the most frightening way–shaken and yelled at by an angry (and probably drunk? I mean, it’s a Christmas party) Corrine.  Cathy tells her mother where Chris has…

Chapters like Hours

I’m sorry, but was it not just April? JFC. The chapter that starts this next section (I section off the books in highly optimistic chunks when I reread them) is called “Minutes Like Hours” and the text bears that out, that’s for damn sure. So the kids are bored. They wake up and eat their…

Just some silliness

Shannon of Shannon’s Sweet Valley High Blog made some of these for SV characters, so I had to do one too. There may be some more to come! Oh and a SPOILER note: Carrie’s icon is based more off of Petals on the Wind, where she becomes an amazing cook and homemaker. For a while….

Carrie-Bear Stare

Before I get started, man, is this a dense book. So. Much. Happens. in just a few paragraphs. These kids get more done in a page than Ruby gets done in whole chapters. Description upon description, it is imagery central up in here. So. Let’s get on with that then. First up, we get a…

Open the Window and Stand in the Sunshine

Oh golly-lolly day! Here we go. Flowers in the Attic presents itself as a true story. The short prologue is Cathy noting that she’s masking her life story as fiction, but that she’s still hoping that the people who should be affected by her story (who are…who, at the point that she’s writing this? SPOILER:…

Flowers in the Attic–the Cover

So there they are. The Dresden Dolls. (No, not those) The Dollanganger/Foxworth tribe, the Fearsome Foursome. This stepback is amazingly simple: The four children (from the left: Christopher, Cathy, Carrie, and Cory), looking haunted and pale and being tormented by the looming specter of Christopher Walken. I’ve always found it interesting that it’s not Olivia…