Literature / Landry Series
aka: All That Glitters

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In the heart of the bayou, Ruby Landry lives a simple, happy life. But innocence can't last forever.... note 

The Landry series is a series of novels published under the name of V. C. Andrews, but is actually the second series written entirely by the Andrews estate-approved ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman.

Novels in the series:
  • Ruby (1994)
  • Pearl in the Mist (1994)
  • All That Glitters (1995)
  • Hidden Jewel (1995)
  • Tarnished Gold (1996)

Ruby Landry is a beautiful budding artist who lives in a swampy backwater of Louisiana with her kindly Grandmere Catherine and her drunken, gambling Grandpere Jack after the tragic early death of her mother Gabrielle. In spite of their hard life, Ruby loves the beauty of her Cajun world and dreams of being a famous artist in New Orleans. Ruby is in love with Paul Tate, a nice boy from the good side of the swamp, until Grandmere Catherine informs them both that Paul is actually Ruby's half-brother, born of Gabrielle's affair with a married man. Then Grandmere Catherine dies, and Ruby's life is turned upside down when she learns that her real father is a wealthy New Orleans aristocrat...and that she herself is half of a pair of twins split apart at birth. Ruby travels to New Orleans to find her natural father and meet her unknown twin sister, only to find that her upper-class relatives don't really want her. But Ruby is determined to make something of herself, to be seen as worthy for her own talents and merits, and to make her beloved Grandmere Catherine proud.

The second book, Pearl in the Mist, continues Ruby's story with her spectacularly rotten New Orleans relatives. After her biological father Pierre dies, Ruby is left in the hands of her resentful stepmother Daphne, who would like nothing more than for Ruby to disappear. Daphne briefly sends both twins to a Boarding School of Horrors, where Giselle, now wheelchair-bound, gleefully goes about ruining Ruby's reputation. Ruby finds herself pregnant from a brief fling with Giselle's longtime boyfriend Beau, and ends up fleeing back to the swamps to save her baby.

In All That Glitters, Ruby agrees to a (mostly) Sexless Marriage with her childhood sweetheart/half-brother Paul in order to give her daughter a name and a stable family life, even though she pines for her New Orleans lover Beau. Beau, meanwhile, is trapped in a loveless marriage to Giselle. Ruby and Beau start an affair, which Paul condones even though he himself is desperately in love with Ruby. When Giselle falls into a Convenient Coma, Ruby finds herself agreeing to a sinister plan so that she can be with Beau.

Hidden Jewel takes up the story of the now-teenage Pearl. After one of her younger siblings suffers a fatal accident, Pearl is horrified when her mother Ruby seems to go mad and flee back to the swamp, while her father Paul becomes a depressed, bitter, alcoholic wreck, allowing his domineering mother Gladys to take over the family affairs. Desperate to bring her family back together, Pearl goes into the swamps to search for her mother, only to find love in the arms of a poor-but-honest Cajun man.

The final book, Tarnished Gold, a prequel told from the perspective of Gabrielle, reveals still more family secrets (as well as famously misspelling Gabrielle's name throughout). Gabrielle is a beautiful and carefree girl who takes refuge in the beauty of nature...until the day a wealthy man finds her alone in the swamps and rapes her. Finding herself pregnant, Gabrielle is forced by her money-hungry father to go into hiding in the house of her rapist, whose wife wants to pass off Gabrielle's unborn child as her own.

In spite of some of the more outlandish aspects, Sequelitis particularly in the later books, the Landry Series is largely regarded as one of the best-written of the ghostwritten series and was very well-received by most fans. A TV miniseries based on the Landries has languished in Development Hell since the late 1990s.

This series contains examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Giselle.
  • Attending Your Own Funeral: Ruby does this in All That Glitters.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Beau Andreas isn't much better than the others considering how he can easily switch back and forth from Giselle to Ruby to Giselle and back to Ruby. He also was the one who more or less orchestrated the plan to switch the twins in All That Glitters with Ruby following along so that her daughter can be with her father despite being married to Paul.
  • Betty and Veronica: Paul is Betty and Beau is Veronica to Ruby's Archie.
    • In the first novel, Ruby briefly becomes a Betty to Giselle's Veronica for Beau.
  • Child by Rape: Paul was born when Octavius Tate raped Gabrielle Landry.
  • Cool Loser: Ruby.
  • Country Mouse / City Mouse: Much of the plot of the first novel revolves around Ruby's Country Mouse versus Daphne and Giselle's City Mouse ways.
  • Covers Always Lie: Ruby has red hair, but the covers for the first two books gave her and twin sister Giselle dark brown hair.
  • Death by Childbirth: Gabrielle, giving birth to the twins twins Ruby and Giselle.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: The reason for the Louisiana setting of the Landry series (where the heroine's family is French Creole).
  • Evil Redhead: Giselle Dumas, in contrast with Ruby and Gabrielle.
  • Evil Twin: Heroine Ruby Landry meets her Separated at Birth twin sister, Giselle Dumas. In All That Glitters, Ruby very well could be more the evil twin than Giselle: she falls back in love with Beau despite him leaving her and their daughter, plots to switch lives with Giselle when the latter contracts encephalitis, abandons her half-brother/husband Paul and driving him to despair, and eventually gets away with it all save for a trial to determine Pearl's custody.
  • Gender-Blender Name: In the last two books of the series, Ruby's mother is named as Gabriel, a masculine name (the first three called her Gabrielle, the feminine variant).
  • Gratuitous French: Frequently used.
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: In Ruby, when the protagonist goes to find her father in New Orleans, she just happens to arrive on the day of Mardi Gras.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Paul agrees in All That Glitters to go along with Ruby and Beau's plan to have Ruby take the comatose Giselle's place so that she and Beau can be together, even though he's deeply in love with her and everyone else believes that he and Ruby are married.
  • Karma Houdini: Save for a custody battle against the Tates to keep Pearl (which ended up being solved easily), Ruby and Beau get away scot-free with a majority of their plan to have Ruby and Giselle switch lives when the latter contracts encephalitis so that they could be together.
  • Meaningful Name: Ruby is a redhead.
  • Momma's Boy: Paul Tate.
  • Moral Dissonance: Ruby and Beau's plan in All That Glitters received lots of disapproval from fans.
  • Oblivious Adoption: Giselle probably wins the prize for rude awakenings: she only learns that she is adopted when her twin sister Ruby shows up on the family doorstep.
  • Pillow Pregnancy: Takes place in Tarnished Gold.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: Ruby is honest, modest, and grew up in poverty in the country. Giselle, raised in the lap of luxury in the French Quarter, is a flirtatious, spoiled liar.
  • Posthumous Narration: The prequel Tarnished Gold features Ruby's mother, and concludes with her narrating as she dies.
  • Really Gets Around: For the first few books, it's assumed that Gabrielle was this, what with her getting pregnant by not one but two married men. In Tarnished Gold, we find out one of those pregnancies was the result of rape. This might have been retconned by the author precisely to subvert this trope, or in-character by Grandmere Catherine to spare Ruby and Paul; see "Retcon" below.
  • Retcon:
    • Grandmere Catherine's account of Gabrielle's death differs from Gabrielle's own account in Tarnished Gold. Can possibly explained by Catherine altering her version of events to comfort herself, since she stated that Gabrielle's last words were to thank her.
    • A major minor point of discontinuity in Tarnished Gold is that Gabrielle's name is changed to Gabriel—noteworthy because the story is narrated by Gabrielle herself (one would think that the spelling she herself used would be the correct one).
  • Satellite Love Interest: Paul Tate and Beau Andreas.
  • Separated at Birth: Ruby and Giselle.
  • Settle for Sibling: Beau settles for Giselle when he can't have Ruby.
  • Sexless Marriage: Ruby and Paul's "marriage" was arranged to be like this, although it didn't remain sexless forever.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ruby and Giselle.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ruby's mother is named as Gabrielle for the first four books but becomes "Gabriel" in Tarnished Gold.
  • Stigmatic Pregnancy Euphemism: When Ruby gets pregnant in Pearl in the Mist, Daphne instantly pulls her out of school and tells everyone that Ruby was too grief-stricken after her father's recent death to continue studying.
  • Surprise Incest: Ruby and Paul.
  • The Vamp: Giselle Dumas.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Gabrielle Landry.
  • Twin Switch: Giselle convinces Ruby it would be funny to do this, only to turn the joke back on Ruby when she plays Ruby as a naive country bumpkin who sleeps around. This scene becomes foreshadowing for the next novel, where Giselle assumes Ruby's identity without her knowledge in order to seduce a man.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Daphne.

Alternative Title(s): All That Glitters, Tarnished Gold

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