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What Happens After Flowers in the Attic?

Thought Flowers in the Attic Was Disturbing? You Won't Believe What's Next

This weekend, Lifetime brought V.C. Andrews's bestselling 1979 novel, Flowers in the Attic, to life, starring Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka as main character Cathy and Heather Graham as her mother, Corrine. The story follows teenaged Cathy as she's locked up in the attic of her grandparents' home with her siblings — a plan of her mother's to keep them a secret. It's a horrific tale of physical and emotional abuse, psychological torture, and, of course . . . incest. The viewer reaction seems to be WTF to many of Flowers in the Attic's scenes, but to that I say: you ain't seen nothin' yet.

I've read the whole Flowers in the Attic series, and things only get worse after the first installment — we're talking revenge, more sordid sex, suicide, and general scandal. Given that Lifetime is adapting the next book, Petals on the Wind, after this, I thought I'd share the most shocking events that are still to come in this series. Warning: lots of spoilers ahead.

  • Cathy gets her revenge, and it's gnarly. The sequel Petals on the Wind picks up immediately where Flowers in the Attic leaves off and then chronicles the next 15 years of Cathy's life. Though she falls for an older man then marries a male ballet dancer and has a child, item No. 1 on her to-do list is to exact revenge on her mother and her grandmother. One night, she heads back to Foxworth Hall, finds that her grandmother is an invalid who can't move or speak, and tortures her by whipping her and splashing candle wax on her naked body. Cathy doesn't get that far before she starts feeling guilty and takes off, but it's still a pretty horrific scene.
  • Cathy seduces her mother's husband. As for her mom, Corrine, Cathy has an emotionally damaging plan — seduce her husband and steal him away from her vain, selfish mother. Cathy pursues Bart (whom Cathy kisses while he's sleeping in Flowers in the Attic), they have an affair, and she gets pregnant with his child. She reveals her identity to Bart and their affair to Corrine simultaneously at the Foxworth Hall Christmas party, Bart believes Cathy, and Corrine confesses. Corrine then goes insane and sets the whole place on fire, burning Foxworth Hall to the ground and killing Bart and her mother inside.
  • Carrie commits suicide. Part of the reason Cathy is so hellbent on revenge is that her younger sister, Carrie, kills herself after years of mental anguish stemming from the attic lockup. She's constantly sickly from the arsenic donuts that killed her twin, Cory; she never grows to a normal size; and (like everyone in these books) she's confused about sex. The final straw is when she sees their mother, Corrine, on the street years later and runs to her, only to be cruelly rejected. Carrie ends it all by poisoning herself with arsenic, the way her brother died.
  • Cathy was actually pregnant by Chris. That little incident in the attic Cathy talks about pretending never happened? Not so easy. Not only do Cathy and Chris never get over their attraction to each other (more on that later), but also, in Petals on the Wind, Cathy realizes she had miscarried a child and that it's not the progeny of her fiancé at the time — it would have been Chris's baby. So there's that.
  • Cathy and Chris end up together. So these two try to stay away from each other, but they just can't. After they each have relationships with others and Cathy has two kids by other men, she realizes her heart was always with her brother, and they ride off into the sunset, change their last name, and pretend like they're not related. All together now: ewww.
Source: Lifetime
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Debbie15427356 Debbie15427356 2 years
BTW regarding the comment about Cathy not getting preggers by Chris she does in fact get preggers by him and misscarries.
Debbie15427356 Debbie15427356 2 years
I have read every book V.C. Andrews has ever written. Have been a big fan of her works since her very first book. Was very saddened when I heard she had died but will continue reading her works until there are no more. While the movie was not always a true dipiction of the book and alot was left out for airtime sake, overall I thought the movie was entertaining. I think they could have done away with some scenes and added more important ones. The problem with taking a book and making it into a movie is that you only have two hrs to tell the story. I think that if they had taken the best parts of the story and told them it would have been better. Like at the start of the movie instead of showing all the stuff with the father and him dying if they had just had Cathy explain that that would have saved some air time. There were many scenes like that could have just been explained instead of showing them. Also I didnt really care for the casting of Cathy and Chris. They were a little to boring for me. Kristy Swanson had done a good job in the other version of the movie. I'm totally looking forward to Petals On The Wind. I hope they do it justice. I also hope that lifetime will continue to do more movies based on V.C.Andrews books. I know as a fan I think that would be awesome.
Allison15325073 Allison15325073 2 years
I was quite disappointed with Lifetime's interpretation of this book. I know when a book is made into a film, its hard to put everything in and often times so many things were left out. However this time so many things were changed and put in the movie that never happened in the book itself. Two things for certain (1) the way Chris got the soap key in the movie was not the way he got it in the book. The grandmother had nothing to do with the way he obtained the key print. (2) in the book there was never a fence installed around the property and no mention of deer or someone trying to shoot deer. (3) Chris and Carrie didn't encounter a deer when they went swimming in the lake (4) what she wrote on the brick wall before she left was totally wrong. (5) the morning they escaped, it wasn't down the roof with the sheet rope. I guess when any book is brought to screen you hope for the best and try not to be disappointed when it comes out wrong. Its almost certain that Petals in the Wind won't even come close to the book itself. It would have to be in a two or three part series to even cover the length of material, let alone have time to get the story right. They couldn't possibly get it all into one a two hour time frame.
Anonfan15306963 Anonfan15306963 2 years
This was a great and creepy movie. Btw, I though Cathy was very cute.
Anonfan15306963 Anonfan15306963 2 years
I think this was a great and creepy movie. Btw, I though Cathy was pretty cute.
Rosalind15303380 Rosalind15303380 2 years
Hi, From memory Cathy does not get pregnant by Chris. No mention of Chris meeting others however Cathy does elude to him "gettin" it from others.
Suzll15300988 Suzll15300988 2 years
flowers in the attic is the most picaresque movie with symbolic qualities and features.....great job!!!!
kmj1659 kmj1659 2 years
I think you mean CATHY and Chris get together. Not Carrie.
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