By the time I was in middle school, the books that written for my age group bored me. And one summer day, after digging through the garage with my Dad, I came across V.C. Andrews’ 1979 best seller Flowers In The Attic. I can remember that it wasn’t the title that attracted me to the book, but the fact that the author’s name started with a V like mine. My father was the reader in the house so naturally I assumed the book was his. But when I asked him if I could read it he told me I’d have to ask my mom because it was her book. When I took it inside the house to show her, before she even said anything her reaction let me know that this story was going to be juicy. “Oooo that book is crazy.” She said that I could read it.
Within the day, I could see what she meant. My mom kept checking in on me. “What part are you on now?” “What just happened?” The book is out there. And when I finished it, it messed me up. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And it wasn’t long before I was searching the garage for the sequel.
And though this series has been turned into a movie before–there was a 1987 version–Flowers in the Attic fans are in for a treat in that the book is being made into a Lifetime movie which will air on January 18, 2014. And unlike the PG ’87 version, which shied away from the incestuous relationship, this new book promises to stay true to the original fiction.
The film will star Heather Graham (The Hangover) as the mother hiding her children away so she can remarry and keep their inheritance money, Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) as Cathy the daughter and Ellen Burstyn as the sadistic grandmother. Mason Dye will play Chris.
Take a look at the trailer for the film below.
Did you read Flowers in the Attic back in the day? Will you watch this made for tv movie?