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Literature / Celeste

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He was her mirror image. Now the mirror has cracked. (Cover of the US edition, by Lisa Falkenstern)

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)

No relation to the Platform Game released in 2018. Or to the French Web Game Celestus.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Meaningful Name: Celeste (a name meaning "heavenly") replaces her dead twin brother and believes that she can speak to ghosts and spirits.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Child Of Darkness


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