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10 October 2010 @ 11:12 pm
Flowers in the Attic  

From the 5th Pocket Books edition, 1981: Back Cover
IT WAS A GAME OF HAPPY FAMILIES. The four children had such perfect lives in such a happy, golden family.
IT WAS A GAME OF HIDE AND SEEK. Their father died suddenly. The children now lived alone, hidden in the ariless attic.
IT WAS A GAME OF TENDER, LOVING MURDER. Their mother promised they would only stay long enough for her to inherit the fortune. But eventually she forgot how much she adored those children.

While Flower in the Attic was set in the 50s, it has dated very well. It is still a fast read today. It was very forward for its time. Quite a lot of attention is given to its controversial premise, but the book really is more than a 'incest book'. It is an incredibly written suspense with a vivid cast of characters. I talk a bit more why I think characterisation sets this book above and beyond all other Virginia Andrews / V.C. Andrew's works (and why it is just a damn good book in general) here.

It's my first post here! I love 'Flowers in the Attic' and think it is pure book win. Sometimes, I feel a bit dirty thinking so, but then I read the book again and fall in love with it a little harder. The writing, the characters, the suspense and spiralling decline into tragedy. I first read this when I was eleven, and even now, when I pick up this book, I know I'm going to be gone into book-loving la-la land for the rest of the day. I highly recommend it!

operatic_divaoperatic_diva on October 11th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
I LOVE this series! I re-read them nearly every year. It's just so awkward when you're explaining that you love this book, and then explain the plot haha
alter_alias: För Sverige i Tidenalter_alias on October 11th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
I think the reading this is much easier when you don't have a brother. :p I tried recommending this to a sibling-ed up friend once, and her reaction was 'ew'. No surprise.

But incest aside, it is a good book. I mean, the prose isn't Booker-prize material, but even by today's standards... very few YA books can meet the level of sheer storytelling that's achieved here.
tsietsie on December 23rd, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
It can be appreciated when you have a brother. I adore this book. I just make sure that I can't identify with the character at all--spending an afternoon with my own brother makes me remember that I in no way, shape or form could stand him long enough for sex. :P
alter_alias: jourdann dunnalter_alias on December 24th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
That's good to hear. :) I love this book not because of its storyline, but the way it is told and written. It's a beautiful book, and it's lovely to hear that the premise isn't offputting for everyone.

Merry Christmas btw!
~*~Momma Manders~*~calesky on February 1st, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I must be the only one who despised this book. :/
alter_alias: cites des angesalter_alias on February 3rd, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
You aren't. :) The premise is very hard to get past IMO. I like this book largely because of its prose. Of course, different kinds of writing speak to different people.