Saturday, January 18, 2014

Flowers in the Attic movie and book promo

It's been almost *cough* 30 years since I first read Flowers in the Attic, and I can still remember all the little details. Surprising, given the sheer number of books I've managed to read in all those years, but VC Andrews was the beginning for me, my first introduction into cruelty and pain, heartbreak really, because as a young girl I could not fathom how a mother could be so awful to her own children or how love could grow from evil. It was unimaginable to me that a loving family could come from such self centered people, and be so easily torn apart. The relationship between Cathy and Christopher was equal parts scandal and shame, very twisted and emotional, told in a way I don't imagine many would attempt today. The original movie was *meh* as far as I was concerned, so I stuck to reading until I found out that most of the books were ghostwritten which made me feel cheated in a way, so I moved on to the horror genre, embracing Stephen King and Clive Barker instead. Regardless of the subject, I will always have a fondness for VC Andrews, so this new Lifetime movie venture will get the 'ol DVR for when I have time to chill.

Book description:
Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake--a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work--children who--one by one--must be destroyed....

'Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive.


Movie Description:
Based on V.C. Andrews’ controversial book that quickly became a cult classic, the Lifetime Original Movie "Flowers in the Attic" weaves the twisted story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are convinced by their mother Corrine (Heather Graham) to stay hidden in the attic of their wealthy grandparents’ mansion so she can reclaim the family fortune. But as her visits begin to wane after she becomes involved with a new husband (Dylan Bruce), the children endure unimaginable treatment at the hands of their ruthless grandmother Olivia Foxworth (Ellen Burstyn). As years go by and the eldest children Cathy (Kiernan Shipka) and Christopher (Mason Dye) come of age, both emotionally and physically, their family’s sordid past entraps them further as they look to each other for comfort.

Andrews’ first published novel, “Flowers in the Attic” was an instant hit when it was released in 1979, topping bestsellers lists in just two weeks. Captivating millions of readers worldwide, the book launched a series of five novels about the Dollanganger and Foxworth families. Andrews’ novels are famous for their twisted, rags-to-riches family tales that explore why people love to hate and hurt each other. Today, there are 106 million copies of her books that have been published in 95 countries.

Premieres on Lifetime this Saturday. 


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