FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC has an ingenious plot, a haunting storyline, and intriguing characters.
V.C. Andrews isn’t a phenomenal writer, but she is a talented storyteller. A main point made by the book reviewers was her use of "purple prose.” Purple prose is considered any writing that is diluted and overly extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself. Of course, reading it, the average person doesn’t even notice it. V.C. Andrews certainly appreciated flowery language and makes excessive use of her adjectives. Flowers in the Attic, and the rest of the series, do not claim to be a grand work of literature. It is merely a tale, one meant to capture the reader’s imagination and certainly not their intellect.
I still like the style of writing and the characters. It's tragic, and throughout the series the children in the book just keep getting horribly abused. It’s narrator, the feisty, Cathy Dollanganger is the second of four children, following an older brother and twins. Cathy and her siblings live idyllic lives in Gladstone, Pennsylvania. The family members are beautiful with flaxen blond hair, cerulean blue eyes and porcelain skin. Their perfect life in Gladstone ends when the father dies in a highway accident.
It's still an excellent book, very good writing for the decade in which it was published. Upon my first reading of this book, I felt like I KNEW Cathy and felt everything she was going through at the hands of that sadistic grandmother in the attic were they were locked away for more than 3 long years...
Although I no longer read VCA, if you haven’t read it, I suggest you do! ;-)
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, the first in the Dollanganger Family saga, is perhaps one of the most haunting books I've ever read. It is the second book I've ever read more than once. As an adult I tore through it even more quickly than I did as a teenager. The plot is engaging, even as a second read and I found it even more unsettling as a mother myself. I read this book in the 10th Grade and thought it was the best book I’d ever read at the time. As a young writer it strongly influenced my writing style from that day on.
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