The Hudson series is a series of novels 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.
The first three novels feature Rain Hudson. The fourth features her daughter, Summer, and the fifth is a prequel featuring her mother.
Novels in the series:
- Rain (2000); Had a Direct to Video film adaptation released in 2007.
- Lightning Strikes (2000)
- Eye Of The Storm (2000)
- The End Of The Rainbow (2001)
- Gathering Clouds (2007) - A prequel novella included with earlier releases of the film version of Rain. Unfortunately newer copies of the film do not include it, so keep circulating those booklets.
This series contains examples of:
- Bedlam House: Megan goes to one temporarily after Brody dies but is released at the end.
- But Not Too Black: Rain is considerably lighter-skinned than her siblings, which turns out to be because she's adopted — she is actually biracial with a white mother.
- This is actually a plot point, as Rain's lighter skin tone gets seen as a sign of favoritism by Beni and other girls at Rain's school. Also an Aluminum Christmas Trees moment, as many communities with people of color have people who judge lighter-skinned people as being more privileged than those with darker-toned skin.
- Cool Old Lady: Grandmother Hudson, who blissfully averts the Evil Matriarch tropes that are the usual fate of grandmothers in V. C. Andrews novels. She hides her Broken Bird past by becoming a Deadpan Snarker and ends up befriending Rain with Snark-to-Snark Combat that evolves into playful banter. They both end up becoming the closest people to each other until Grandmother Hudson dies at the end of Lightning Strikes and leaves Rain the majority of her fortune over her daughters Megan and Victoria.
- Death Equals Redemption: Implied with Beni's death. Just as the girls start to make amends, they get jumped by a gang. Rain escapes, Beni does not.
- Driven to Suicide: Roy's wife drowns herself on the anniversary of their daughter's death.
- The Film of the Book: Rain.
- Handicapped Badass: Rain has her moments of this in End of the Rainbow.
- Happily Adopted: Rain's adoptive mother gave her more love and attention than her actual mother did, although her home and school life wasn't exactly rosy.
- Inspirationally Disabled: Rain becomes this after being paralyzed in an accident.
- Littlest Cancer Patient: Roy's daughter Latisha dies at the age of three to an aggressive cancer just like her grandmother and namesake.
- Mask of Sanity: Victoria Hudson seems to be a competent albeit stern businesswoman on the outside but she's really a spiteful woman angry that her father (who wasn't really her father) favored her sister and seeks revenge against her sister and mother by terrorizing her paraplegic niece (who her mother favored over her daughters) and having an affair with her brother-in-law when her sister is grieving over her son's death in a mental hospital.
- Not Blood Siblings: Rain and Roy. Possibly a subversion, since Rain marries Austin later on.
- Oblivious Adoption: Rain goes for many years without knowing that she's actually biracial and her real mother sold her to a poor black family to keep her existence secret.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Beni gets killed by a gang on the streets, which spurs her mother to reveal the truth about Rain's biological family and send her to them. Meanwhile Roy joins the army so both of Mama Latisha's surviving children have gotten out of the ghetto.
- The deaths of Grandmother Hudson at the end of Lightning Strikes and Brody near the beginning of Eye of the Storm also cause a nearly catastrophic spiral for the family which includes Megan going into a mental hospital, Victoria showing her sociopathic side, and Rain becoming a paraplegic.
- Second Love: Austin for Rain.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Rain and Beni (and later Allison).
- Spoiled Brat: Allison Randolph isn't as favored as Brody but she's still a rather minor example with how much she looks down on her half-sister. She's not as antagonistic to Rain as most other examples are and she eventually mellows out after almost drowning at Summer's birthday and marrying a proper businessman.
- Theme Naming: Weather—"Rain", "Lightening", "Storm", etc.
- The Unfavorite: Victoria.
- This may be the source of Beni's antagonism towards Rain, though the favoritism is less intentional on her family's part.
- Allison is also less favored than Brody which becomes much more apparent after he dies.