YMMV / V. C. Andrews

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Olivia Logan an introverted, lonely woman constantly overshadowed by Belinda or is she a hateful, manipulating shrew who dumps her own family members into an asylum because she sees them as embarrassments?
    • Is Belinda a Spoiled Brat who Really Gets Around or just a normal teenager acting out in dangerously self-destructive ways? And was her madness always there or did Olivia push her repeatedly to the breaking point and never bothered to help her?
    • Is Mayfair Cummings a stifled genius desperate for justice against the teacher who took advantage of her? Or is she an Evil Genius dabbling into Manipulative Bastard to act out against her Wicked Stepmother?
  • Base Breaker: Chris Dollanganger; some fans love him and see him as a romantic character, others find him to be a creep with an Oedipus Complex and haven't forgotten him raping his own sister.
  • Contested Sequel: Different people are going to have breaking off points.
    • Most recently though The Diaries series has a lot of it. Secret Brother is a big example: Most readers hated it for not answering any questions and generally being pointless, but a few found that it was a decent-to-good story if taken as a stand alone novel and not some sort of Grand Finale it was advertised as.
    • Some people would also diagnose the way to make the Diaries series better if the two POV characters are delusional as Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Just try and find a Casteel series reader who doesn't think that Troy, not Logan, was the love of Heaven's life and that she should have married him instead. Troy might have been Heaven's uncle, but it's not like the previous series didn't have an incestuous couple working things out (in fact, she was still planning on marrying Troy even after the "uncle" reveal and it was just Troy's apparent death that put a stop to that), and he was much more sensitive and caring towards Heaven than Logan who had No Sympathy for Heaven's abuse at the hands of Kitty and Cal, said point-blank to her face that she was Defiled Forever to him, and even indirectly caused Heaven's death. Plus how Heaven and Logan's marriage resulted in both of them cheating on each other (Logan with Heaven's stepsister Fanny, Heaven with Troy whom she explicitly said she still loved)...
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Alicia Foxworth and Kitty Sutterton Dennison both died of breast cancer... which was also the cause of death of Andrews herself.
  • Internet Backdraft: The reveal that Cory was alive in Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger did not sit well with fans, some calling it outright insulting to Andrews.
    • After the negative reception to the Diary series, fans were not happy that Neiderman was writing a sequel to My Sweet Audrina. It got worse when a preview chapter to that sequel revealed that the author had chosen to Retcon Sylvia's severe disability.
  • Narm / Purple Prose: Pick a book, any book.
  • Tear Jerker: Many of the deaths, such as Carrie's in Petals On The Wind, Paul's in All That Glitters, and Laura's in Music Of The Night.
  • Seasonal Rot: Fans have been quick to point out the declining quality of recent books published under Andrews' name, especially in the last few years.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Betty, Richard, and Melanie Cutler. In "Twilight's Child," Betty marries into the Culter family when she becomes Philip's wife and she wins everyone over by her naturally docile personality. She noticed problems with Philip in their marriage but rather than accuse Dawn of anything, she blames herself for everything wrong. Having the twins doesn't make things much better since Philip still continues to ignore them in favor of Christie which leads Betty into spoiling the twins to make up for their father not being there and might contribute to her sudden personality change in "Midnight Whispers" where she's cast in an antagonistic light. Richard and Melanie are also easy to sympathize with since their cousins being there makes it all the more painfully obvious how little their father cares for them, especially Melanie. It doesn't help that Christie seems to regard them as nothing more than freaks for their close relationship with each other since they don't really have anyone else they can count on. They're also meant to be antagonists for how poorly they treat their orphaned cousins, especially Richard toward Jefferson, but it's hard to put all the blame on them with the way their parents have been.
  • What an Idiot: Semantha in the Heavenstone series is a particularly bad example. She is drugged and raped by a boy her sister hired so that Semantha could conceive the family heir. You'd expect Semantha to pick up on the many, many obvious signs of what has happened and that her sister and doctor are lying about the pregnancy being a "phantom" pregnancy caused by psychological stress. Instead: the plan works perfectly.
  • The Woobie: If you don't feel sorry for Carrie, you have no soul. Also Cory and Bart, for all his creepy tendencies.
    • Bart in particular becomes much more sympathetic if you have experience with mental illness. Bart has very obvious shades of BPD or AVPD, blacks out fairly often and is often terrified by his own intensely violent urges. He uses an extremely misogynistic form of Christianity to justify lashing out at his mother's favoritism of his older brother, and could easily be separated from it if his parents gave a damn. Even though its probably one of the few fictional instances where a character being institutionalized would help rather than harm them, Bart's never helped beyond lukewarm therapy, and grows up with a skewed sense of love, family and intimacy as a result.