12:34 PM EDT 04/17/2015
Flowers in the Attic
Originally posted 04/13/2015 12:15AM
If you thought Twitter couldn't get any more worked up than it did over If There Be Thorns, you were sorely mistaken.
Sunday saw the conclusion of Lifetime's on-screen adaptations of V.C. Andrews's Flowers in the Attic series, and, suffice it to say, fans freaked out.
Originally posted 04/05/2015 11:00PM
Lifetime aired the third and penultimate installment of V.C. Andrews's Flowers in the Attic saga on Sunday night, and the Internet naturally freaked out.
Thorns flashes forward on Flowers' incestuous (but deeply in love!) siblings Cathy and Christopher Dollanganger Sheffield (Rachael Carpani and Jason Lewis) to find them grown-up, married and stalked by their mother Corrine (Heather Graham), who vengefully begins to turn Cathy's youngest child Bart (Mason Cook) – who was conceived through an affair with Corrine's late husband Bart Winslow (Dylan Bruce) – against his parents. Only, Corrine doesn't realize her butler John Amos (Mackenzie Gray) has his own secret agenda for her twisted clan, which leads to a fatal, fiery climax similar to Petals on the Wind, the series's preceding installment.
Did you get all that? No worries, viewers didn't really either. Though Lifetime aired the first two TV movies over the last 14 months, Thorns was consistently met with a resounding "Whaaaaaaat?!" from Tweeters, who simply were not prepared for the subject matter or Andrews's labyrinthine plot – or at least the parts of it that Lifetime's teleplay didn't change.
Below, we've chosen some of the most intense and amusing reactions.
Originally posted 01/17/2014 09:00AM
Disinvite your brother, ditch the powdered doughnuts and get ready because on Saturday night, Flowers in the Attic returns to television.
The blockbuster Gothic young adult novel began the infamous Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. (All of the books in the series hit number one on the New York Times Bestseller List, by the way.)
Since the late 1970s, Andrews's Flowers novel has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, has been translated into 22 languages and was banned by schools across the country – all while being passed from bunk to bunk at sleepaway camp.
Originally posted 01/18/2014 12:35PM
Flowers in the Attic is the rare Lifetime movie (it airs Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT) that can't simply be written off as a Lifetime movie. It's so pure and perverse an example of American Gothic, I felt compelled to read the original VC Andrews novel to try and comprehend what sort of imagination could hatch such a nutty story – a fairy tale, really, that somehow combines Hansel and Gretel and The Blue Lagoon. In Virginia horse country.
Flowers, both the book and the new movie, is completely absurd – if you want to gauge the absurdity, just know that one of the darkest secrets in the narrative involves a doughnut – but somehow also psychologically coherent. It has a grip.
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