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* BigFancyHouse: Foxworth Hall in the Dollanganger Series, Farthinggale Manor in the Casteel Series, and Whitefern in ''My Sweet Audrina.''
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Foxworths are slightly ahead of the Tattertons in terms of incest and insanity, but only because they've been at it longer. Yet the Adares of ''My Sweet Audrina'' manage to pack a lot of crazy in a fairly small house.


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* EarnYourHappyEndingEarnYourHappyEnding: The classic Andrews trope is "young girl in desperate situation dreams of better life; works, struggles, and schemes to achieve her dreams; finds out her dreams are actually even ''worse'' than the life she just escaped; repeat for five books." The ''lucky'' V.C. Andrews heroines make peace with their pasts, but rarely do they reach a happily-ever-after.



* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel"]] (religious).

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* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", theme: The Literature/DollangangerSeries has floral names ("Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel"]] (religious).
"Thorns," "Seeds," "Garden") while Literature/TheCasteelSeries uses angelic themes ("Heaven", "Angel," "Fallen," "Paradise"). The ghostwritten works continue this naming convention (the Literature/LandrySeries, for example, is jewel-themed: "Ruby", "Pearl", "Gold", etc).


-->-- V. C. Andrews' editor '''Ann Patty'''

Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as V. C. Andrews (June 6, 1923 December 19, 1986), was an American author best known for ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic,'' a novel infamous for its portrayal of BrotherSisterIncest. She wrote several sequels and produced other novels up until her death in 1986.

[[OutlivedItsCreator After her death,]] ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman continued to turn out novels under the same pen-name, and is still doing so at the rate of roughly one a year. It is widely agreed by V. C. Andrews fans that OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, and there is a particular disdain for Neiderman.

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-->-- V. C. Andrews' editor '''Ann Patty'''

Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as V. C. Andrews (June 6, 1923 December 19, 1986), was an American author best known for ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic,'' a novel infamous for its portrayal of BrotherSisterIncest. She wrote several sequels and produced other novels up until her death in 1986.

[[OutlivedItsCreator She has since become perhaps equally notorious for the manner in which her work has OutlivedItsCreator. The real Virginia Andrews published only seven books in her lifetime. After her death,]] death, however, a ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman (Andrew Neiderman) quietly took over at her publishers' behest, and has continued to turn churn out novels under the same pen-name, Andrews pen-name for decades ever since. Quite where the lines are drawn between any genuine unfinished manuscripts he may have completed, works "inspired by" her ideas but otherwise his own, and is still doing so at works entirely plucked from his imagination, remains officially unacknowledged. More than ''seventy'' books by him have appeared under the rate brand, though -- over ten times more than the original author ever managed, and unabating even as the centenary of roughly one a year.her birth approaches. It is widely agreed by V. C. Andrews fans that OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, and there is a particular disdain for Neiderman.



** Outside of the US, V.C. Andrews was originally published as "Virginia Andrews." Ironically, since her cult status has risen after her death, some of these foreign editions have changes the name to her more familiar initials.

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** Outside of the US, V.C. Andrews was originally published as "Virginia Andrews." Ironically, since her cult status has risen after her death, some of these foreign editions have changes changed the name to her more familiar (in the US) initials.


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* GothicHorrorGothicHorror: Andrews was credited for codifying the "children in peril" genre, in which children are frequently the victims or prisoners of their own caregivers, often with lots of Gothic trappings (grand, labyrinthine houses, convoluted family secrets, and so forth).








** TheChainOfHarm: There is often a cycle of abuse in place, and many of the abusers are victims themselves.

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** TheChainOfHarm: TroubledAbuser: There is often a cycle of abuse in place, and many of the abusers are victims themselves.


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* ReadingIsCoolAesop: It's not merely that Cathy and Heaven both ''love'' reading, but more specifically, that they both use the escapism of stories as a way to cope. Virginia was a [[MostWritersAreWriters writer and book lover]], after all.


* MoustacheDePlume: She reason she was OnlyKnownByInitials. She said in a 1985 interview:

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* MoustacheDePlume: She The reason she was OnlyKnownByInitials. She said in a 1985 interview:




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** Outside of the US, V.C. Andrews was originally published as "Virginia Andrews." Ironically, since her cult status has risen after her death, some of these foreign editions have changes the name to her more familiar initials.


* ABirthdayNotABreak: There is a VCA-specific trope that's a combination of this with an {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion of IronicBirthday: It's someone's birthday, and everyone is gathered to celebrate, but then disaster strikes and the person who's birthday it is never arrives to the party.


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* ShockParty: There's a party, everyone is gathered to celebrate, and then disaster strikes. Maybe the person who's birthday it is never arrives to the party. Maybe the guests don't arrive. Maybe someone makes a scene. But almost every party in her books goes awry in one way or another.


Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as [[PenName V. C. Andrews]] (June 6, 1923 December 19, 1986), was an American author best known for ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic,'' a novel infamous for its portrayal of BrotherSisterIncest. She wrote several sequels and produced other novels up until her death in 1986.

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Cleo Virginia Andrews, better known as [[PenName V. C. Andrews]] Andrews (June 6, 1923 December 19, 1986), was an American author best known for ''Literature/FlowersInTheAttic,'' a novel infamous for its portrayal of BrotherSisterIncest. She wrote several sequels and produced other novels up until her death in 1986.


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* MoustacheDePlume: She reason she was OnlyKnownByInitials. She said in a 1985 interview:
-->'''Virginia:''' The publisher sent me a copy of the galley ''of Flowers in the Attic'', and it read "Virginia Andrews." Then, when they sent me the cover, it said, "V.C. Andrews." So I immediately called up and complained. And they said, "It was a big mistake by the printers, and we can't change it--we've already printed a million copies of the cover and it's too expensive to throw them away." Then later, I learned the truth. It was an editorial decision. Men don't like to read women writers, and they wanted men to read the book. They wanted to prove to men that women could write differently--that we don't write only about ribbons and frills and kisses and hugs, that we can really write something strong.

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[[OutlivedItsCreator 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.

Her books are something of a CultClassic. As for the ghostwritten ones, it is widely agreed by V. C. Andrews fans that OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, and there is a particular disdain for ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman.

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[[OutlivedItsCreator After her death,]] a ghostwriter approved by her family Andrew Neiderman continued to turn out novels under the same pen-name, and is still doing so at the rate of roughly one a year.

Her books are something of a CultClassic. As for the ghostwritten ones, it
year. It is widely agreed by V. C. Andrews fans that OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight, and there is a particular disdain for ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman.
Neiderman.

The original books she ''actually wrote'' are something of a CultClassic.






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* ABirthdayNotABreak: There is a VCA-specific trope that's a combination of this with an {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion ofIronicBirthday: It's someone's birthday, and everyone is gathered to celebrate, but then disaster strikes and the person who's birthday it is never arrives to the party.

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* ABirthdayNotABreak: There is a VCA-specific trope that's a combination of this with an {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion ofIronicBirthday: of IronicBirthday: It's someone's birthday, and everyone is gathered to celebrate, but then disaster strikes and the person who's birthday it is never arrives to the party.



* DomesticAbuse: Another thing she is famous for is that--while her plots may be soap-opera like--her depictions of abuse and people's reactions to said abuse, are chilling realistic.

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* DomesticAbuse: Another thing she is famous for is that--while for. While her plots may be soap-opera like--her like, her depictions of abuse and abuse--and even more, people's reactions ''reactions'' to said abuse, are abuse--are chilling realistic.realistic.
** TheChainOfHarm: There is often a cycle of abuse in place, and many of the abusers are victims themselves.



* RapeAsDrama: The ''other'' thing her books are infamous for, particularly RapeAsBackstory, as often discovered in the prequel novels.
* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise"]] (religious), [[Literature/CutlerSeries "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight"]] (day), [[Literature/LandrySeries "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl"]] (gemstones), [[Literature/LoganSeries "Melody", "Symphony", "Song", "Music"]] (musical).

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* RapeAsDrama: The ''other'' thing her books are infamous for, particularly RapeAsBackstory, as often discovered in the prequel novels.
* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise"]] (religious), [[Literature/CutlerSeries "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight"]] (day), [[Literature/LandrySeries "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl"]] (gemstones), [[Literature/LoganSeries "Melody", "Symphony", "Song", "Music"]] (musical).
"Angel"]] (religious).

!! Tropes common in ghostwritten works:
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* RapeAsDrama: The ghostwritten books are infamous for, particularly RapeAsBackstory, as often discovered in the prequel novels.
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* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise"]] (religious), [[Literature/CutlerSeries "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight"]] (day), [[Literature/LandrySeries "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl"]] (gemstones), [[Literature/LoganSeries "Melody", "Symphony", "Song", "Music" (musical).

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* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise"]] (religious), [[Literature/CutlerSeries "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight"]] (day), [[Literature/LandrySeries "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl"]] (gemstones), [[Literature/LoganSeries "Melody", "Symphony", "Song", "Music" "Music"]] (musical).



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* RapeAsDrama: The ''other'' thing her books are infamous for, particularly RapeAsBackstory, as often discovered in the prequel novels.
* ThemeNaming: The book collections have names with a noticeable theme--[[Literature/DollangangerSeries "Flowers", "Petals", "Garden"]] (floral), [[Literature/TheCasteelSeries "Heaven", "Angel", "Paradise"]] (religious), [[Literature/CutlerSeries "Dawn", "Morning", "Midnight"]] (day), [[Literature/LandrySeries "Ruby", "Jewel", "Pearl"]] (gemstones), [[Literature/LoganSeries "Melody", "Symphony", "Song", "Music" (musical).

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* ABirthdayNotABreak: There is a VCA-specific trope that's a combination of this with an {{Inver|tedTrope}}sion ofIronicBirthday: It's someone's birthday, and everyone is gathered to celebrate, but then disaster strikes and the person who's birthday it is never arrives to the party.


->''"Look, I'm not pretending this woman is Tolstoy. But she's a fantastic storyteller with a world view. What separates the writers who really hit is a world view. Plot is not ultimately enough. ''Flowers'' is not really a plot novel; it is a novel of sensibility, perception and, in a funny way, introspection."''
-->--V. C. Andrews' editor '''Ann Patty'''

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->''"Look, I'm not pretending this woman is Tolstoy. But she's a fantastic storyteller with a world view. What separates the writers who really hit is a world view. Plot is not ultimately enough. ''Flowers'' ''{{Literature/Flowers|InTheAttic}}'' is not really a plot novel; it is a novel of sensibility, perception and, in a funny way, introspection."''
-->--V.-->-- V. C. Andrews' editor '''Ann Patty'''

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* DomesticAbuse: Another thing she is famous for is that--while her plots may be soap-opera like--her depictions of abuse and people's reactions to said abuse, are chilling realistic.

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