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Flowers in the Attic

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More Flowers In the Attic, Please: Which V.C. Andrews Nightmare Novel Should TV Adapt Next? | Lifetime, Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews

UpdatePosted 01/19/2014 08:45AM

More Flowers In the Attic, Please: Which V.C. Andrews Nightmare Novel Should TV Adapt Next?

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.

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REVIEW: Lifetime's Flowers In the Attic Is Crazy Good | Lifetime, Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews

PEOPLE's TV Critic: Lifetime's Flowers In the Attic Is Crazy Good

Originally posted 01/18/2014 12:35PM

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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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