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'Flowers in the Attic': 1979 book, 1997 screen version and 2014 adaptation

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Lifetime aired its adaptation of V.C. Andrews’ controversial 1979 novel "Flowers in the Attic" on Jan. 18. The book itself sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and was translated into 22 languages. Because of the incest in the book, it was banned in some schools.

"Flowers in the Attic" was the first of five book in Andrews' Dollanganger series surrounding Corrine, Christopher, Cathy, Cory and Carrie Dollanganger.

The other books include "Petals on the Wind," "If There Be Thorns," "Seeds of Yesterday," and "Garden of Shadows."

The book "Flowers in the Attic" was made into one two-hour screen version in 1989. The 2014 was an adaption of the 1989 screen version.

Some who read the 1979 book thought it was too riveting to watch the movie. And some who watched the screen version in 1989 thought it was too riveting to watch it again in 2014.

Admittedly, the plot was cruel on several levels.

A mother is disinherited from her rich father because she married someone her father didn't approve of. They have four children whom the father knows nothing about. When the father dies and leaves the family penniless, the mother decides to go back to her dying father to receive an inheritance. However, she chose not to let him know he has grandchildren. She locks them in the attic for one night which ended up being over two years. The evil grandmother takes the children food but slowly poisons them. One of the twin dies. The children finally figure a way to escape.

Incest in the book, but it was not emphasized in the 1989 movie. Critics complained, and Lifetime responded by including it in the 2014 remake. Hormones did flare up in the two older children as they came of age while living in close quarters. The remake dares to go where the original movie didn’t.

Fans of the movie will be glad to know there’s a sequel in the making for the second book in the series, "Petals in the Wind." Lifetime is already working on a script that will pick up where "Flowers in the Attic" left off.


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