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  • ophy
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    They glazed over the fact that he raped her.
    Wasn't there also blood drinking they left off? I think I read all of the Dollanganger books except for the last one, and I remember somebody feeding the twins blood. Of her other books, I read Sweet Audrina and just the first Casteel book (Heaven).

    I went through the wiki plot descriptions for every one of the VC Andrews books yesterday, and really it's just a series of terrible and ludicrous events that string episodes of rape, incest and secret pregnancies together. Usually all three combined. I think it was noted that only Sweet Audrina didn't have a plot that hinged upon incestual relations . . . but it's plot *did* hinge upon a traumatic gang rape. Such odd things to deliberately choose to build your career on! ("Oh, hey, yeah I'm the rape and incest author. Nice to meet you!")


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  • isadora
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    I have to say that the first third of the book is a slog--she's fucking awful at dialogue. It's all laughable! But when the grandmother delivers The Rules and then, in the second half when the dialog basically falls away? She hits a stride that is just so dark and twisted but snappy and quick that it's just fun to read.

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  • ophy
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    Oh, V.C. This is just beyond good writing THIS IS NEXT LEVEL STUFF.

    http://emilysidhe.tumblr.com/post/73...ave-to-read-to

    From Chapter 1: Goodbye, Daddy - a policeman describes Chris Sr’s fatal car accident

    "We’ve already questioned the motorists who witnessed the accident, and it wasn’t your husband’s fault, Mrs. Dollanganger," that voice continued on, without emotion. "According to the accounts, which we’ve recorded, there was a motorist driving a blue Ford weaving in and out of the lefthand lane, apparently drunk, and he crashed head-on into your husband’s car. But it seems your husband must have seen the accident coming, for he swerved to avoid a head-on collision, but a piece of machinery had fallen from another car, or truck, and this kept him from completing his correct defensive driving maneuver, which would have saved his life.But as it was, your husband’s much heavier car turned over several times, and still he might have survived, but an oncoming truck, unable to stop, crashed into his car, and again the Cadillac spun over…and then…it caught on fire."


    Ellipses in the original. My thoughts after the cut:

    I have so many questions. What was that piece of machinery doing on the road and why wasn’t it removed earlier? What made the police officer think that this was an appropriate way to break the news of her husband’s death to a young wife surrounded by her four children and all their neighbors at what obviously should have been the late husband’s birthday party? How much better would a simple “The accident was not his fault, he was hit by a drunk driver and the car spun out of control. We did all we could.” have been? And why did his death have to be so ridiculously complicated? Does everything in a Gothic work, even something as sudden as a car accident, need to be portrayed as a gradual descent from order into chaos as circumstances and coincidences build and build, ending in fire? These are the questions that I have right now.

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  • isadora
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    They glazed over the fact that he raped her. And they did have them sharing kisses more than in the book. In the book, Cathy knew it was wrong (though she DID want him, too).

    I think they needed to show she wanted him so they didn't bother with the rape and amped up the kissing because they couldn't show them being naked around each other. Like when she's in the bathtub? In the book she's naked in the bathtub. And when he sees her in her bra? In the book she's naked. And it's a way more sexual tension moment that Grandmother catches them in.

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  • NeoMaxy
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    FitA freaking WENT THERE. Even more than the actual book, if teenage memory serves.

    I am curious if they'll keep Kiernan on for PitW since she's a little young. Heather Graham seemed honestly surprised to be there.

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  • isadora
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    How is this the first time we've had a Lifetime Movies thread? Perfect.

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  • NeoMaxy
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    Lifetime Movies

    Can we discuss the badness/awesomeness that was FitA?

    Or next week's Lizzie Borden Took an Axe? I can't wait.
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