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?