Creator / V. C. Andrews

Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as V. C. Andrews (19231986), was an American author best known for Flowers in the Attic, a novel infamous for its portrayal of Brother-Sister Incest. She wrote several sequels and produced other novels up until her death in 1986. After her death, a ghostwriter approved by her family continued to turn out novels under the same pen-name, and is still doing so at the rate of roughly one a year.

Newer books published in her name have become increasingly far fetched over time and most of them resemble a Soap Opera or a Lifetime Movie of the Week, but her international fanbase remains undiminished.

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Works by V. C. Andrews with their own trope pages include:

Other works by V. C. Andrews provide examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: The Carsons in the Wildflowers series, with a mother bordering on a younger version of the Evil Matriarch and a father heading toward the Dirty Old Man route.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Cat" for Cathy in the Wildflowers series.
  • Alice Allusion: Lampshaded in the Secrets series, where Karen's daughter is named Alice in the hope that "maybe one day [she'll] fall into a Wonderland" and escape her mother's fate.
  • Bastard Boyfriend:
    • Thatcher Eaton in the De Beers series.
    • Kane Hill in Christopher's Diary.
    • Aaron Podwell in Secret Brother.
  • Bedlam House: Karen Stoker in the Secrets series and Ian March in the Family Storms series each end up in these.
  • Bi the Way: Supposedly, April in the Shadows series, although it's pretty much implied after she dates Peter that she is now "straight" again, or at least would not consider another relationship with a woman.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Broken Flower.
  • But I Can't Be Pregnant!: In the Heavenstone series, Semantha's very obvious symptoms of pregnancy are passed off by her sister and a corrupt doctor as a "phantom" pregnancy caused by grief over her father's death. When her pregnancy becomes so advanced that the truth can't be denied any longer this is her reaction.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Sasha in the Family Storms series is keen to point out she's only half Asian.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Despite the original V. C. Andrews having died in 1986, romance novels written under her name have continued to be published on roughly a yearly basis since then.
  • Child by Rape:
    • In the De Beers series, Linden was born when Kirby Scott raped his stepdaughter Grace.
    • The Heavenstone series features a plot involving a main character being drugged and raped so she can conceive a family heir. It's unsuccessful - she does get pregnant, but has a girl instead of the planned male heir.
    • Elle in The Unwelcomed Child, whose mother turns out to have been date raped at a party.
  • Creepy Twins: The ghostwriter has announced plans for a series in which the mother of a pair of twins is obsessed with trying to make them identical in every way, to the point of invoking this trope.
  • Dead Guy Junior: In the De Beers series, Willow names her daughter Hannah, meaning "grace", which was the name of Willow's mother.
  • Death by Childbirth: Becomes a plot point in Daughter of Darkness, where Lorelei discovers that she, and her "adoptive" sisters, are really her father's biological children. He impregnates his daughters, and leaves them to die in childbirth, so that the resulting offspring will grow up to lure new victims to him as Lorelei and her sisters have done.
  • Death by Origin Story: William "Willie" Sanders dies barely within the first chapter of Secret Brother before the readers can even know him. His sister, the protagonist, proceeds to lament endlessly about him to the point of obsession.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: The reason for the setting of the Forbidden series (where the heroine and her sister are half-French.)
  • Evil Matriarch: In the Early Spring series.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: In the Wildflowers series, Cat initially believes that Geraldine and Howard Carson are her birth parents, then her adoptive parents. It turns out that Geraldine is Cat's half-sister. They share the same birth mother, but Cat was raised as Geraldine's daughter after their mother had a "shameful" extramarital affair with her husband's younger brother (whom Geraldine was in love with), and got pregnant. Then in "Into the Garden" it turns out Geraldine was adopted too - meaning Cat has no blood relation to Geraldine after all, and Geraldine had wrongly believed she was in love with her own uncle.
  • Follow the Leader: The Kindred series (Consisting Daughter of Darkness and Daughter of Light) and the one-off Into the Darkness were seen as pretty blatant attempts to ride the post-Twilight paranormal romance wave by readers.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    • The Wildflowers series Misty (sanguine), Star (choleric), Jade (melancholic), and Cat (phlegmatic).
    • The Shooting Stars has Cinnamon (choleric in her story, melancholic in Falling Stars), Ice (melancholic in her story, choleric in Falling Stars), Rose (sanguine), and Honey (phlegmatic).
  • Franchise Zombie: She only wrote 8 books during her life, but a ghostwriter has written over 60 since under her name. To some, the quality of the books declines sharply after the Casteel series, which was the last to be written by Andrews herself. Other readers believe that the books didn't really Jump the Shark (as the Landry series came after the Casteel series but is still one of the most popular series) until after the Logan series.
  • Freudian Excuse: Geraldine from the Wildflowers series is given one through letters that Cat finds in the attic.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Semantha Heavenstone's family calls her "Sam" (except Cassie).
  • Gratuitous French: Frequently used in Forbidden Sister.
  • Hollywood Homely: In-Universe in the April series, several men seem to find April attractive even though she thinks she is enormously overweight.
  • Happily Adopted: In the Family Storms series, Sasha's adoption does not start well, but becomes this trope by the end as she chooses to stay quite happily with her adoptive mom.
  • Heir Club for Men: When Cassie Heavenstone's father dies, she comes up with a plan for her sister Semantha's love interest to rape Semantha so she will have a child to inherit the family business; believing that Semantha will have a boy. Because of this trope, the plan fails when Semantha's baby is a girl.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Echo in the Shadows series is a variation of this (deaf, rather than a cancer sufferer).
  • Manipulative Bastard: Mayfair Cummings' actions in Bittersweet Dreams make her seem less like a super genius and more like a borderline sociopath. After an Alpha Bitch posse spread rumors of her possibly being a lesbian predator that her stepmother falls for, she seeks comfort from a teacher who takes advantage of her. He ends up spurning her out of guilt and Mayfair decides to ruin his reputation by accusing him of sexually abusing her stepsister who had written out fantasies of them in her diary. It all soon blows up in her face but not without doing severe damage to a lot of people.
  • Meaningful Name: The Forbidden Sister features a character named Roxanne that became a prostitute. Sage in Sage's Eyes has clairvoyant powers and inherited knowledge of witchcraft.
  • Most Writers Are Adults: In the Early Spring series, the main character is aged between six to eight years old through the course of the books. Even though the storyline is based around her going through precocious puberty, she's still a young child; yet the narrative voice is essentially the same as for the older heroines of other series.
  • Not Himself: In April Shadows, April's father starts to act like a jerkass to his family for seemingly no reason. The reason turns out to be that he found out he had terminal cancer and he didn't want his family to feel sad for him when he died. So, he decides to make them hate him. Once his wife and daughters find out, though, they feel sorry for him anyway.
  • Odd Name Out:
    • In the Shooting Stars series, no one bats an eyelid at girls named "Cinnamon", "Honey" and "Ice" ... yet Rose is the one who gets teased for having a weird name!
    • Inverted in the Wildflowers series where Misty, Star, and Jade tease each other for having such unusual names and Cathy's relatively normal name gets no comment (she gets called "Cat" later on, but it's just an Affectionate Nickname).
  • Off to Boarding School:
    • In Bittersweet Dreams, Mayfair is sent to a boarding school after her affair with a teacher comes to light. Given the circumstances, there wasn't much other choice.
  • Old Maid: Referenced in the De Beers series when Willow's cousin Margaret gets married and chides Willlow about getting too old for marriage (although Willow does marry shortly after this.)
  • Rags to Riches: Delia in the Delia series (taken in by wealthy relatives) and Sasha in Family Storms (adopted by a rich woman), among others.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Elle in The Unwelcomed Child.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Grandmother Emma in the Early Spring series.
  • Religious Stereotype: The Prescotts in The Unwelcomed Child.
  • Retcon: The Christopher's Diary series (in which a modern-day girl finds the diary that Christopher kept while in the attic) hugely retcons the events of the Dollanganger series so that Cory is still alive - Olivia and Corrine did not take him to the hospital themselves, but paid a servant to do it, and Cory was adopted by a wealthy gentleman who had recently lost his grandson.
  • Second Love:
    • Miguel for Willow in the De Beers series.
    • In the Delia series, Adan for Delia although he dies and she goes back to Ignacio anyway.
  • Series Continuity Error: The Dollanganger and Casteel series have this, probably because the prequels were written by a different person.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mayfair of Bittersweet Dreams, in an effort to show her supposed genius IQ.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: April and Brenda in the April series.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • In the Heavenstone series, Semantha Heavenstone.
  • Spoiled Brat:
    • In the De Beers series, Hannah Eaton is often moping about and complaining about how miserable she is with everyone paying more attention to her baby brother instead of her. She's supposed to be seen as a lonely teenage girl but the writing makes her come across as spoiled and selfish, which wouldn't be so bad if she weren't the main character of the story she's in.
    • Clara Sue Sanders, the narrator of Secret Brother, uses her younger brother's death to excuse her behavior. She antagonizes a poor, sick little boy who has been brought from the hospital to live with her and her grandfather because he's sleeping in her brother's room and using his things. One can feel sorry for her since she was dedicated to Willie but she's nothing more than a spoiled snob insisting that everyone should forever mourn her brother. Since the little boy is actually Cory Dollanganger, it makes her actions all the more cruel.
  • Teen Genius: Ian in the Early Spring series and Mayfair in Bittersweet Dreams. Both of them are heavily alienated by their peers as well as their own families. They are both also rather petty with Ian killing his and Jordan's governess for taking away his experiments and Mayfair ruining several lives after falsely accusing a teacher of sexually abusing her stepsister because he had sex with her and ignored her after out of guilt.
  • Theme Twin Naming:
    • Cade and Adrian in the De Beers series.
    • Justin and Austin in the "Secrets" series.
  • There Are No Police: In the Wildflowers series, Cat lives with a physically and emotionally abusive mother who is actually her half-sister. You would think that the therapist, Dr. Marlowe, would pull her out of that toxic environment (the other girls certainly call her out on it) but she doesn't. She does end up fostering Cat after helping to save her from Howard after he kills Geraldine and forces her out of the house.
  • Token Minority:
    • Star in the Wildflowers series.
    • Ice in the Shooting Stars series.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Adan Bovio in the Delia series.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior:
    • Plenty of this in the Early Spring series. Ian is a thirteen-year-old prodigy whose knowledge of sex (as well of other subjects) is far beyond that of many adults; and is fixated on performing "experiments" involving his seven-year-old sister Jordan, who's going through precocious puberty. When their governess tries to punish Ian, he murders her. Jordan herself also has age-inappropriate knowledge of sex (gained from Ian and an older teenager), which shocks the governess, as does Jordan's use of tampons rather than sanitary towels for her premature periods.
    • Mayfair Cummings in Bittersweet Dreams is extremely manipulative and condescending at a young age.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Julie Cummings of Bittersweet Dreams is a pampered, adult Spoiled Brat with utter contempt for her stepdaughter and takes delight in going out of her way to make her look bad in front of her father. She does have redeeming qualities in that she loves her daughter and tries to make an effort with Mayfair but the efforts get shot down fast.
  • Yandere: Mayfair Cummings in Bittersweet Dreams.

Alternative Title(s): VC Andrews

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