Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Reconsidering

I mentioned that I’ve been reading a lot of books because it’s a good distraction and its fun so you know.

Well, last night I finished a book, Flowers in the Attic. Do any of you remember this book? This was the book you read as teenagers, and hid from your parents because you knew it was weird and creepily indulgent and that they would not approve? I saw it at the library the other day and thought, “Holy heck this book is psycho and I don’t know why but I need to read it again!” And read it I did, my friends, read it I did.

So, briefly: four kids in the family. Mom and dad and kids, living in the 50’s; a happy typical nuclear family. But then Dad dies in a fiery car crash. And Mom can’t afford to live on her own with the kids, so she moves them all to their mysterious grandmother’s house that they’ve never met or heard anything about.

They are kept in the attic because the grandmother is a psycho hose beast who doesn’t want her husband to know they exist, you see, because their mother had run off with her half-uncle and married him (her dad’s younger half-brother) and he couldn’t forgive that nor would he want to meet the “Devil’s spawn.” (aka half-inbred kids.) So they’re kept up in the attic, never allowed to go outside or even leave the room, and they say they can come down when the grandfather dies, which is supposed to be any day now. Only he never dies, and the kids stay in there for years. The two twins who are five stop thriving and growing and eating. The older two, a boy and a girl, start going through puberty and dealing with their burgeoning sexuality and it’s getting smothered because they can never be around people or date or interact with anyone, and well, they kinda start falling in love with each other. Or really I should say lusting with each other?

And then the grandma like beats them for doing that and withholds food for them and even puts tar in their hair and THEN the mom stops loving them and wants the inheritance she’ll get if she keeps them hidden so she starts slowly putting arsenic in their food to poison them so they'll die and then she runs off with a newer, handsomer husband, and they’re all dying and like incestuous, and they eventually find a way to escape. And when they do, they are motherless, fatherless, one sibling has died, they’re small and sick and malnourished, and are completely alone with no family or money or anything. Plus they had sex. I can’t get over that part.

And I think I’m reconsidering. My life could be waaaaaay worse, right? Read the book if you think your life sucks, cuz boy it doesn’t suck till your brother gives you a line like “I’m so sorry I raped you” and you answer back, “Oh it’s alright, I think I could have stopped you if I really wanted to.” (Now let’s kiss and make up.)

The book was, well, incredibly creepy. But I couldn’t stop turning the pages, like the sick bastard I am. GROSS AND OMG WOW pretty much sums up the book.

But my life? I really do feel better about it. Cuz at least I ain’t no flower in the attic.

16 comments:

brie said...

woah my baby widget is practically looking like an adult!

Ally Cox said...

I have so read that book! Ewww! There is even a movie! Did you know that? The movie is quite a bit different than the book. You should seriously rent it and watch it!

Stacy said...

holy freaking warped... (the book not the baby widget)

Heather Lindquist said...

Haha.....I was thinking the same thing....your lovely widget looks incredibly OLD. I remember reading that book! Thanks for the recap, I think I'll go throw up now.

Heather Lindquist said...

Haha.....I was thinking the same thing....your lovely widget looks incredibly OLD. I remember reading that book! Thanks for the recap, I think I'll go throw up now.

lisalisa said...

holy crap i remember that book! I swear every VC Andrews book has an incestuous rape in it. What is with her?

Stef said...

oh yeah. i totally read that on the sly during high school, so afraid my mother would catch me. well, she did and she read it--hooked, just like me. crazy.

Kara said...

I've never heard of that book! Just like you, Brie, I bet if I read it, it will cheer me up. Sad but true.

Katie said...

i agree with kara. haha. i think i may try to find this book.

rachel ramsay said...

i never read the book but i did see the movie back in the 80's and it was creepy...it's one of the scariest movies (okay i was like 13 or something at the time) ever seen...

you should check that out brie...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flowers_in_the_Attic_%28film%29

Krista said...

I totally watched that show when I was a kid. I can't believe my parents let me watch it. I think I was like 10 or 11, but the movie is a bit milder than the book I think. WEIRD!

Karin Winfield said...

i love this book!! haha I have not heard about it in sooo long, ah trip down memory lane :)

Cammy said...

The day after I finished that book (age 14) I asked my mom to make a special trip to take me to the church to confess that I had read it. The priest said it wasn't the first time he had heard someone anxious about the status of their soul for reading it, either. I wonder if he ever checked it out?

THE CREATION OF A BEAUTIFUL LIFE said...

Brie-If you think that the book is good, you should see the movie of Flowers in the Attic. After years of searching for the movie (to watch again), I finally found someone who posted the movie on Youtube. Scu a sad film. Definiately worth seeing.

-L

Telstaar said...

I think we read this book in primary school during out lunch time readings.... when all the kids are SUPPOSED to be eating... I would've been like 10 or 11 at the time!!!

Angeline said...

I remember seeing the movie when I was young and all I could think of was...why in the heck are they putting baking flour n their hair...I guess it was the way they made them look sick back in the day.