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In defense of V.C. Andrews, from what I’ve read about her, she was the youngest of three children and the only girl. When she was a teenager, she fell down a flight of stairs at her school and severely injured her back and hip. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair. Since most young men were not exactly banging down the door to date or befriend a crippled girl (she never married), and she couldn’t participate in the same activities as her peers, I think she was desperately lonely and cooped up with a bunch of Victorian style romances to read, giving her a very unrealistic view of love and life. Since the only males who were paying any attention to her were her older brother(s). That’s how I believe the incest theme got started. You take love and affection where you can get it and even if you are still not getting it, you fantasize that you are. I don’t believe that she actually had incestuous relations with her brother(s) who probably only thought that she was a little clingy, but I do think she was aware of her own feelings, which probably unnerved the hell out of her and she obsessed over it. While some people deal with these things by trying to forget and not think about them, others can’t stop thinking about it. That’s probably why the incest angle played such a prominent role in her books. That being said, I loved your review. I laughed my ass off. I had forgotten how really bad this book was until your review reminded me. Then I remembered all the golly-gee's and the like and was obviously written by someone who had absolutely no idea how kids their age actually talked and thought. My mother grew up in the '50s and when she read the book knowing nothing about V.C. Andrews, she said it sounded like writer had never been a child. Ever. I literally choked when I read how Cathy described her brother's junk as "hillock of his growing maleness". It reminded me of that episode of "Friends" titled 'The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks' where fat teenage Monica described a guy's penis as "His Tenderness".
I literally choked when I read how Cathy described her brother's junk as "hillock of his growing maleness". It reminded me of that episode of "Friends" titled 'The One With The Thanksgiving Flashbacks' where fat teenage Monica described a guy's penis as "His Tenderness".
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Nov 24, 2011