An Autumn Morning in Folkestone

Originally posted on Tony Quarrington:
That staple of coastal living, The pre-dawn chorus Of ducks and gulls, Of pigeons and crows, And a single menacing magpie, Echoes across a misty Radnor Park. Untimely ripped from a fractured slumber, I prepare for my morning ritual Of checking if the sea is still there And that this…

My Sweet Audrina Promotion

As our Neisha Chetty pointed out ,  Lifetime seems to have been cursed with a Swiss cheese memory like our beloved Audrina when it comes to promotion for the movie , which will premiere tomorrow evening at 8 pm Central time. In complete contrast to its blitz of publicity for FITA and POTW,  where fans…

A Writers Way to Profit from Memories

“A Writer’s Way to Profit from Memories” (article) by Virginia Andrews November 1982 Since my first novel was published (Flowers in the Attic), not long afterward many letters came to fill my mailbox; clearly indicating that most of my readers think I am writing about my own life. Only some ways is this true. Cathy…

Rosenthaila

Gathering dust in the archives for almost three decades, amongst other lost writings. A small spiral-bound burgundy red leather notebook simply entitled ” Rosenthalia ” in the spidery script of Virginia Andrews lay. According to Jessica Zinder of the lost angels of VCA forum who discovered it in the Boston University Archives, it was almost…

Flowers in the Attic

Originally posted on Amy Scribbler:
Flowers in the Attic Book Review Author: V.C Andrews Published by Simon&Schuster (1979) Genre: Gothic/Family Saga/Drama This one is a bit of an oldie, but it’s definitely a classic. Flowers in the Attic is the first in a five part series following the hardships and grim events of the Dollanganger…

Finding Chris

Finding Chris By Neisha Chetty Most people think Virginia is Cathy, but Virginia is Chris jnr too.  When it comes to complexity no VCA male is so carefully crafted more than Chris Jnr.  Virginia put her soul into creating Chris. They mention still waters run deep. Chris Jnr holds his silence and is willing to…

The Spanish Moss Theory Part Two

The Spanish Moss Theory – Part Two By Neisha Chetty ***Book 3 -If there be thorns. The technique Andrews uses here is of a second, third narrator to discredit Cathy in case you didn’t get the hint Bart’s transformation into a killer echoing some of their ancestor Malcolm, Catherine, Garland, the second Corinne. Jory’s growing…

Pieces of the Puzzles Part One

The Spanish Moss Theory – Part One By Neisha Chetty Firstly, these books are understood when read in series. They are extremely rich in symbolism and are riddled with sub-textual meaning . The Dollanganger series is a mixture of all the other genres, with the correct proportions of each to give you the perfect story…

Pieces of The Puzzle

Pieces of the Puzzle By Neisha Chetty I treat the Dollanganger series as a puzzle. Virginia has already created a picture of what she wants us to see, she has worked out the plot and the why – a total picture. She took that whole picture broke it up into pieces, fragmented it, scattered them…

If There Be Thorns Timeline

March 1983  • The Sheffield family (Chris, Cathy, Jory, and Bart Jr.) is living in Fairfax, Marin County, California.  • Chris catches Cathy dancing in their attic, which she has furnished with twin beds and a picnic basket.  • Jory overhears a disturbing conversation. May 5, 1983 – Thursday  Cathy insists on honoring the twins’…

Petals on the Wind Timeline

November 13, 1960 – Sunday  Chris, Cathy, and Carrie have escaped Foxworth Hall and are on a bus to Florida. While traveling through South Carolina, Carrie becomes terribly ill. The children meet Henrietta Beech, and she takes them to her employer, Dr. Paul Sheffield, in Clairmont. After their examination, the children tell their tale and…