Snow White

Although not specifically mentioned in Flowers in the Attic unlike other fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty or obvious allusions to them such as Rapunzel or even Hansel and Gretal – there is one other fairy tale FITA borrows heavily from and that is Snow White. The story of Snow White has strong parallels to…

If There Be Thorns Analysis

ANALYSIS – If There Be Thorns A lot of readers found ITBT particularly difficult to get through and I myself agree,  due to the change of narrative in the form of Cathy s two sons Jory and Bart. Personally,  I wanted to carry on reading Cathy s experience s as they were so passionate and…

The Swan Bed of Maymont

The Swan Bed is the most iconic piece of furniture in the Dollanganger Saga, its vivid description mesmeries readers and its often been wondered if such a bed existed ……. Well, although not quite as elaborate, it does not contain a ruby red eye nor a miniature version of itself, there is such a bed…

The Swan Bed

Back in June , Julianne Hannes , who also created this wonderful collage asked : What was the significance of the Swan Bed ? Is it symbolism ? The Swan bed is dominant within the Dollanganger saga and with anything Virginia does , this was a completely intentional detail. Neisha Chetty explained at the time…

Virginias Message on Child Abuse

One of our members, Candace Marie Butler who also runs the highly successful Whispered Dreams Theatre , a VCANDREWS role play, on Facebook shared with us her fantastic essay in which she cites Virginia Andrews works as an example of the continuous cycle of child abuse within families. As Candaces essay not only displays the…

Corrines Pearls

Corrine’s diamond butterfly clasp pearl necklace is such an important detail in the Dollanganger saga. It is spoken of in the first three books , having created a lasting impression with both the Dollanganger children and in turn, the readers. AtticSecrets were thrilled when the wonderful Julianne Hannes (expert at tracking things down) posted an…

Where the Greener Grass Grows

Where the Greener Grass Grows was always thought to be an unpublished manuscript of a previously unreleased novel and surprisingly turned out to be the first draft of what ultimately became Petals on the Wind. Excitement enough for any VCA fan, and of course questions were raised – What did it contain ? What was it…

This book is dedicated to my mother

Virginia’s own brother Gene called Flowers in the Attic : ” a book about child abuse.” Her own mother refused to read it …….. So why dedicate such a harrowing story of children suffering to your own mother ? It just doesn’t make sense ……. Of course the cynic in me says that a book…

FITA: The Stage Play Reviews are In !!!!

As FITA: The Stage Play curtain has now closed , AtticSecrets brings to you all the fantastic positive reviews this play has received during it stint. We ‘ d just like to say to Christopher and cast what a wonderful experience we have had with you, thanks for your hard work and thank you for…

Preserving the Attic

Flowers in the Attic always had the opportunity to be a great play. In planning stages for over a decade , it was only this year a script was delivered to fans – and initially the reaction was negative. Adapted by Andrew Neiderman , it seemed to sensationalise the incest , diminish the spirit of…