Flowers In The Attic

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When I was growing up I had a V.C. Andrews phase (perhaps you did too?) I was mostly obsessed with the book Flowers In The Attic, the subsequent novels, and movie. If you’ve never heard of Flowers In The Attic here’s a little blurb I found online …..It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.
So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

Totally disturbing book with whippings & incest, yet totally engrossing to teenage me.

Recently I saw the film was on Netflix and I told Tom that we just had to watch it, and he was game. It was still just as good as I remember, but I kept mixing up stuff from the book which was left out of that first film. Yep, “first” film. A few days after we watched it I happened to see on Facebook that there is a new remake coming out. A made for tv Lifetime movie this January, and I can’t wait! It is rumored to stay very true to the book, so I am excited to see what they do with it.
Of course my first thought was it would be awesome to have a themed viewing party (this is just where my mind goes) so I made a little pin-board with some ideas.

-The obvious food of choice would need to be homemade powdered sugar donuts, or if you want to match the first film big oversized sugar cookies covered in powdered sugar.
-If you have a bar cart, the food can be wheeled into the room under domed dishes.
-People could come dressed as their favorite or most hated character. Maybe Cathy in a sad pair of ballet flats, very pale makeup. Maybe The Grandmother with her stern black dress.
-The decorations would need to be simple construction paper flowers like the twins make in the attic.
-Stop in used bookshops and pick up a few copies of the book, decoration and then gifts or prizes, maybe some Dollanganger trivia!
-You could also lay some fake mice around (Cory’s pet mouse…Fred, or Mickey again depending on film vs novel) Or make some candy shaped like mice to add to the food.
The movie premieres January 18th on Lifetime, so there is plenty of time for planning. ;)

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22 Responses to Flowers In The Attic

  1. Melanie says:

    I watched this movie again this weekend after you mentioned it on Instagram. It’s pretty good! And extremely sad. The part with the scissors terrified me for some reason. Even though I hated her, the brooch on the Grandmother was pretty impressive. A viewing party sounds really fun though!

  2. Persephone says:

    The one time I’m sad that we gave up cable. I was completely obsessed with VC when I was a teenager. I had to hide them and read late at night. The Dollangangers were my favorite but I read the Dawn and Heaven series too. And My Sweet Audrina… I wish that was a movie.

  3. rae says:

    oh my GOSH i would love to go to a flowers in the attic party! i didn’t read that book until a few years ago, but i was riveted! and horrified! i can’t wait to see the new movie!

  4. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rae, If you lived close by we would have some damn fine theme parties!

  5. Heidi Kenney says:

    Persephone, I don’t have cable either so I am plotting how I am going to make this party happen-even if it means bringing the whole thing to my sister’s house–party of two haha

  6. Heidi Kenney says:

    Melanie, Its crazy right? Did you ever read the book..that gets even crazier! In the book the grandmother pours tar on her hair instead!!

  7. Kim Campbell says:

    OMG! I remember lying on the beach reading I swear the thickest book I ever read! I was sucked into a VC Andrews phase for YEARS!

  8. Alicia says:

    With the new movie coming out, all I want to do is read all those V.C. books again!

  9. I’ve actually never read the book (it’s still on my to-read list), but I’ve watched that movie over and over again. I’m so excited for the remake! I love the idea of a themed party!

  10. beth lemon says:

    I watched this on Netflix because of your Instagram and it was awful. I loved every bit of it. It was so bad. I never watched the movie but I read all the books (everything she or her ghostwriters wrote). Can’t wait for the Lifetime version! Make sure you post so we can remember to set the DVR.

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    Beth, Im so glad you loved it-even with the awfulness that it is haha. I’ll have to remember to post for sure!

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Jessica, let me know once you read it what you think. Im thinking about re-reading it before the new release myself :)

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    Alicia, I am thinking about re-reading Flowers In The Attic before I see it, especially since they say they are going to stick really close to the book this time.

  14. Heidi Kenney says:

    Kim, Yay!! I love reading everyone’s memories of the book/movie–so great!

  15. I SURE did have a V.C. Andrews phase, and why in the heck did my mother let me read those books? I remember reading one of them when I had the chicken pox–I was twelve. Sheesh.

  16. Nikki says:

    Have you seen the new portrait of the Danish Royals? Reminds me of the inside of a VC Andrews paperback…….

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/dutch-royal-portrait-photo_n_4315820.html?utm_hp_ref=style&ir=Style

  17. Lesley says:

    We briefly discussed this at crafternoon! I’ll bring a shattered ballerina music box. 💛💙

  18. Heidi Kenney says:

    Lesley, perfect! Haha

  19. Heidi Kenney says:

    Nikki, oh my gosh yes I just saw an article on that yesterday and thought the exact same thing–so funny!

  20. Heidi Kenney says:

    Melissa, thats how I feel too haha, totally inappropriate for what seems to be the normal age people I’ve talked to have read them (10-13) yikes!

  21. I am oh so excited for this new movie! I was obsessed with the books, too and always wished the movie followed them more. Maybe lifetime will make follow-up movies to follow the sequels. My teen girl heart just might explode!

  22. Heidi Kenney says:

    abeautofulparty, Oh my gosh sequels would be really cool! Hopefully it will do well enough!