Celeste is a novel published under the name of V. C. Andrews, but written entirely by the ghostwriter who had previously written sequels to several of Andrews's novels.
It is about a girl whose mother attempts to force her into becoming a replica of her dead (male) twin. There are two sequels, the second of which features Celeste's daughter, also named Celeste.
Novels in the series:
- Celeste (2004)
- Black Cat (2004)
- Child of Darkness (2005)
This series contains examples of:
- Bastard Boyfriend: Elliot Fletcher, though he's less boyfriend and more bastard.
- Bedlam House: Celeste ends up in one.
- Canon Welding: In Celeste, it is mentioned that the events of the Cutler Series were made into a Lifetime movie-of-the-week.
- Cartwright Curse: Sarah Atwell loses two husbands and a man that she was seeing after the death of her first husband due to accidents and illness. It doesn't gain her sympathy with the town.
- Child by Rape: Child of Darkness features a plot involving a main character being drugged and raped so she can conceive a family heir.
- Creepy Child: Celeste and Noble appear to have been Creepy Children, but since the story is narrated from Celeste's perspective, she doesn't know that this is how she was perceived.
- Baby Celeste gets to that level as well when time goes by, learning how to mimic behaviors she found from her "mother" to somewhat manipulate people into giving in to both her and her family.
- Cuteness Proximity: Baby Celeste, whose mere presence is known to soften even the worse tempers and bring smiles to the most melancholic.
- Enfant Terrible: Betsy and Elliot Fletcher give their father nothing but grief with their terrible behavior and act like spoiled brats with no regards to anyone but themselves. Not even having a child quells Betsy's bitchiness and both of them eventually die from their bad behaviors, Elliot by drowning not long after his repeated rapes of Celeste and Betsy by falling down the stairs when she intended to scald Sarah with a pot of water when she was already dead in her bed.
- Half-Identical Twins: Played with in Celeste where the efforts of Celeste's mother to force her to be more like her twin brother culminate in Celeste being forced to dress and behave as her brother and take his place after he dies.
- Meaningful Name: Celeste (a name meaning "heavenly") replaces her dead twin brother and believes that she can speak to ghosts and spirits.
- Nice Guy: Dave Fletcher. It's a shame he has two horrible children that give him nothing but endless worry and drive him to an early grave. That or Celeste shocking him with the revelation that Baby Celeste is his granddaughter and Noble is really Celeste.
- One-Word Title: A Protagonist Title.
- Protagonist Title: Also a One-Word Title.
- Raised as the Opposite Gender: Celeste.
- Replacement Goldfish: Celeste is forced from early childhood to dress as a male and "become" her twin brother, who died suddenly.
- Teen Pregnancy: Celeste is around fifteen when she gives birth to her daughter.
- The Unfavorite: Celeste.
- Traumatic Haircut: In Celeste, Celeste's mother cuts her hair while she is asleep in order to force her to dress as a boy and "become" Noble.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Celeste.
- Wife Husbandry: Child of Darkness, where the Emersons adopt Celeste the younger because Ami's father-in-law had fallen for her, and wanted to marry her when she was older or at least convince her to have a child, who could become the family's heir. They drug and rape Celeste when it becomes apparent this plan isn't going to work.