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Old 04-14-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Is V.C. Andrews laughably horrible or horribly delicious?

I just picked up "Heaven," volume 1 in her Casteel series.

I realize that Andrew Neiderman has been continuing many of her series' titles, but the fact is that when V.C. Andrews was alive and well - and very popular - I didn't read her at all. I was aware of her reputation, since I worked in a bookstore.

In fact, I've never read anything by her whatsoever. I was intent on reading Stephen King and Brian Lumley (and I still do read them).

However, I now find myself starting to read "Heaven," - because I'm a maschochist for dubious writings - and find myself laughing when I should not be....is that bad?

This is all deliciously fun nonsense.

What's your take on her and on all those series she's written - even posthumously written - with the help of Neiderman.

Well, thar ye go. What's yore opin'in?





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Old 04-14-2013, 04:33 PM   #2
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It was a guilty pleasure, way back when. I loved the Flowers in the Attic, and the entire series that followed. I read two or three more of "her" series', and then I gave up, as the stories didn't change a lot. I still re-read Flowers in the Attic occasionally.
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #3
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Not my cup of tea at all, but my sister is a big VC Andrews fan, way, way back when she read Flowers in the Attic at the age of 14. I even purchased her subsequent books in the series at that time.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:52 AM   #4
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I read Flowers in the Attic within the past year or so. I was curious because I remember when those books were so popular. It was poorly enough written that I didn't really like it. I like the idea behind the book (kids being raised in an attic to keep them secret) but I wish someone else had the idea and wrote the books.
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Old 04-15-2013, 02:42 PM   #5
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I went through a phase when I absolutely loved Flowers in the Attic and the other books in that series.

I haven't read them since the age of 16 or so, but at the time something in them really grabbed me.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Well, I now find myself unable to get through it, it's so bad.

I'll try one more chapter and then I'll hang it out to dry with my dirty socks and underwear.




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Old 04-16-2013, 09:07 PM   #7
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I loved her books when I was 13 or 14.

Remembering how great they were, I picked up one a couple of years ago. Just a few pages into it I got embarrassed to think I ever took it seriously.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:23 AM   #8
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I read Flowers in the Attic. and those after it as a teen. I adored them then. But I am not silly enough to read one as an adult. I knew I was growing tired of her when I stopped. It is a bit like reading Anne Rice in my twenties, I so adored her but when going back to it now found it a chore.

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Me too

I admit I once loved V.C. Andrews, too. I was thirteen and obviously didn't have much taste! Still, adored the Flowers series and re-read those books plus My Sweet Audrina multiple times as a teen. I doubt I could read even a chapter now!
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