V.C. Andrews is back in 2009

While we at genre X try to bring you the best literature for our discussions, there’s something to be said for reading a little trash every once in a while. To, you know, cleanse the palate. And what could be trashier than reading Ms. V.C. Andrews herself? Blogger Reviewer X has set up a year long Andrews read-a-thon encouraging readers to discuss and read from the blushy books.

Just in case you’re unfamiliar with V.C. Andrews, she writes mostly gothic horror about family secrets and often involve themes of forbidden “love”. Eek. They were also hidden under the beds of many a teenage girl in the 80s and 90s.  Pulp classics like these have inspired young readers to to take on reading as a hobby for decades. In fact there are a ton of bloggers and websites devoted to the paperbacks of days past that are worth taking a look at if you’re looking for a nostalgia fix.

For more VC Andrews check out the Complete VCA Page and Jezebel’s hilarious reviews of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina as part of their Fine Lines series of their thoughts of children’s and YA books from the 1980s and beyond.

If your 80s tastes run more to Sweet Valley, check out The Dairi Burger, written by a Bay area blogger trying to read and review every Sweet Valley High title and vicariously relive her tween years. Her Blogroll is also a treasure trove of blogs recapping everything from Sleepover Friends to The Babysitters Club.

How about you? Any guilty reading pleasures in your closet? And do the Gossip Girl books count?


Shelley H

I just saw that VC Andrews has a new book out – will her ghostwriters never stop?? I think I managed to read her entire backlog and what was published up until ~1999 during my jr and high school years. *g*


I think its safe to say everyone here at genre X was right there with ya Shelley. We periodically stroll down that memory lane, especially when new editions of “Flowers in the Attic” are released with ridiculous covers like this one: http://www.simonsays.com/content/book.cfm?tab=2&pid=511048
Um don’t publishers know that all V.C. Andrews titles require those ominous peekaboo covers that perfectly encapsulate the horror to be found inside?


I think Gossip Girl books are my guilty pleasure. I can read one of those in a day. It really helped me get through a summer without Serena and Blair. I am also addicted to the Twilight series. I can’t explain it, but I can’t put them down.


I’m with you Desiree, almost all of my reading in December was of the Gossip Girl variety. Also, Stephenie Meyer’s marginal writing quality is totally trumped by her ability to suck you in against your will!

And that is a horrific cover of Flowers in the Attic. Ewww.

sherry mauro

Its good trash & great “purple prose” in its purest form! ;-)

sherry mauro

BTW, I offer free VCA inspired fiction on my blog for anyone interested in reading it!
Happy New Year!

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