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)

In addition, a TV miniseries adaptation is currently in Development Hell.

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.
  • Child by Rape: Paul was born when Octavius Tate raped Gabrielle Landry.
  • Cool Loser: Ruby.
  • 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.
  • Posthumous Narration: The prequel Tarnished Gold features Ruby's mother, and concludes with her narrating as she dies.
  • 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.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Daphne.

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

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