Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A2A The Teen Years: What I Read (or Incest, Murder, and Torture -- What More Could a Teen Ask For?)

Tip of the Day: If you tend to accidentally kill house plants, opt to grow spider plants. Those things are more indestructible than Superman after a full night's sleep!

In junior high, there was one author's work that I was obsessed with (well, more like a ghostwriter's but you get the idea): V. C. Andrews. Even her name was cool!

The first book that lured me into her world of incest, murder, torture, orphans, twins, kidnappings, mansions, evil half-sisters, and creepy grandparents was FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC.

Remember you flipped open the cover and saw a picture of the whole twisted family? I loved those pictures!

It was actually my best friend at the time, April, who introduced me to these books. I have to give credit where it's due. :)

After I saw the movie, I was off to read the entire Dollanganger family series.

That first series was just the beginning -- HEAVEN was waiting for me! MORE sadistically twisted familial tales!

Yes, my mother knew what I was reading at ages 12-13 along with my LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series (which I also loved), but I'm not sure she knew the extent of the twistedness of the books. But even if she did, she's a good mom and would've trust us girls (my sis and I) to read them anyway (no, I have not become a murderous, rich grandmama).

The DAWN series was next for me. Looking back, how did I do it? Each series really was the same except for the color of the MCs' hair....

Fess up -- who else out there read all these books?

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing


Kate Fall said...

Ha, yeah I read tons of V.C. Andrews. Although I think I gave up after the Heaven series, or whichever series featured the West Virginia coal mining girl going to live with rich relatives in Boston. Or was that all of them? ;)

My Cybils co-panelist Leila from The Bookshelves of Doom re-reads Flowers in the Attic for you so you don't have to. Try not to spit beverage on your keyboard:

Rhonda Helms said...

ME ME ME ME MEEEEE! I used to devour these books! I loved it--so titillating! LOLOL

Lisa Schroeder said...

Yep, I read them too. And now I have nothing to say for my post on Friday - ha!

Kristina Springer said...

ME! Yet, I totally forgot until you posted about them!

Anonymous said...

Lots of my friends read the Flowers in the Attic series, and so did I. I think I read Heaven too, and My Sweet Audrina. I don't think any of our parents read them!

DeenaML said...

Oh yay! We are all bosom buddies! WOO HOO!

Christina Farley said...

Hmm, never read those, but maybe because I was too hung up on little house! Ha!

Great tip on the plants. The only time I water mine is when I randomly water them like once every 2 weeks. It's amazing any are still alive.

Emily Marshall said...

I feel like such an outcast. I totally didn't read these in high school. Though I did get some from the library a few months ago when we were weeding and have been meaning to read for awhile.