January 2000 Issue
Volume 6, Part One
1. Heavenly Reviews - "Gates of Paradise"
2. Olivia's Observations -Orphan Mini-Series
3. Feature Character - Misty Foster
4. Obituaries -"Petals on the Wind"
5. Excuses, Excuses - Damian Adare
6. Society Column - The Unveiling of Neptune's Daughter (Logan Series)
7. Theory Corner - Casteel/Leigh VanVoreen
8. Battle of the Sexes
9. Feature Book
10. Coming Attractions
11. Editors Note
13. Copyright and Legal
By Lady Catherine Doll and April Summers
The Pros and Cons of "Gates of Paradise"
Although I admit this particular novel by Andrews is not exactly one of my all-time
favorites, I was able to find some of the good points in Gates of Paradise whenever I reread it for this month's book review column.
One theme any reader can pick up on right away when reading Gates or any of the other Casteel series is the element of love. It is obvious, especially since this particular novel is told from Annie Casteel Stonewall's point of view, she feels much love and respect for her family members. She loves her parents, Heaven and Logan, tremendously just as they love their one and only daughter tremendously. Love and emotional ties are even more lavish and abundant than the family's wealth and prosperity.
Love is also a very confusing emotion for Annie as she and her "cousin," Luke Casteel,
junior have come to grips to the mutual attraction they feel for one another but don't know how to reveal to anyone else. The chemical attraction between Annie and Luke is undeniable but must be squelched as the two know they are really half-siblings.
Unfortunately, travesty occurs in the beginning of Gates. After attending Annie's
Aunt Fanny's fortieth birthday party, a drunk Logan Stonewall decides to drive his wife,
Heaven, and daughter, Annie, home. Because of his drunken state and the rain-slick roads, Logan could not avoid the head-on collision with the tractor-trailer.
As a result of the accident, Heaven and Logan are both killed instantly, and Annie is left paralyzed from the waist down.
Enter Tony Tatterton, Annie's mysterious "great-grandfather," whom Annie's mother cut
off all ties with before Annie's birth.
The idea of going to Farthinggale Manor in Boston to recover from her paralysis both
excites and saddens Annie at the same time. She is anxious about finally seeing the mansion where her mother was raised, but the same time she is upset because Luke cannot go with her.
After arriving at Farthy, Annie's preconceived notions about the mansion are quickly
extinguished as it is obvious Farthinggale Manor and its grounds have been long neglected.
Annie's depression about losing her parents escalate, as she is isolated from family in a
rundown mansion owned by an insane Tony Tatterton. As Annie is recovering, Tony is getting weirder as he drugs her, tries to discourages her from trying to walk on her own, and eventually tries to rape her just as he did her mother and grandmother, Leigh.
Readers feel Annie's pain as she wonders "what on would stop Luke from moving Heaven and Earth to see her." Little do we know Luke, Aunt Fanny, and Cousin Drake all have tried to see her as Annie is captured at Farthy.
Finally, toward the end of the novel, Luke and Aunt Fanny storm into Farthinggale Manor to take Annie home to recover. Tearing Annie away from the rundown Farthy pushes Tony over the edge as he ends up suffering from a stroke. After returning home to live with Aunt Fanny and Luke, Heaven receives a phone call from Troy Tatterton. He tells her Tony has died from a massive stroke, and thinks it appropriate for Annie and Luke to attend the funeral. It is after the funeral Annie and Luke learns the truth about her parentage. Knowing this, Annie and Luke realize their feelings for one another are acceptable and are able to live happily ever after.
As stated earlier, Gates of Paradise is not one of my favorite VCA novels. But, the way
she was able to capture such tender emotions among family members is very touching. Also, every bit of isolation, torment, and frustration Annie felt when dealing with her paralysis is accurate. On a personal level, my sister combated a temporary viral paralysis one summer, and I asked her if VCA's portrayal of Annie's frustration was valid. She agreed VCA did an excellent job when writing of Annie's emotional and physical pain.
If one is looking for a VCA novel that is full of dark suspense, Gates of Paradise may
be the book he or she is looking for!
After reading this book and giving it a lot of though, I have come to the conclusion that this was definitely not my favorite book by V.C. and I have to be honest and say when it comes right down to it, I really can't think of anything good to say about it. I didn't like the fact that they killed Heaven and Logan in a car crash. I can understand that Annie needed to find out about her biological family but to send her to live with Tony Tatterton was a mistake within itself. Also, Heaven says in "Fallen Hearts" that she would tell Annie about Troy, and although she had ample opportunity before she died, she never did. The relationship between Annie and Luke is understandable but when Heaven realized that something was happening between then, she surely should have told Annie the truth about her birth. In conclusion, the only parts of this book that I found touching was the relationship that Annie did come to have with Troy and the love that Annie and Luke Jr. found, also finding out that this love was not forbidden and therefore allowed and pure. Happy New Year!!!
By Olivia Foxworth
Happy New Year everyone! This month we will focus my observations on the Orphan series and I have to give the ghost writer a pat on the back, in this series, I only found one mistake. In the book "Raven," on page 2, Raven's mother asks how she is supposed to stay home and take care of a twelve-year-old and then on page 17, Raven describes her cousin Jennifer as fourteen years old herself but on page 32 the principal at Raven's new school says to Aunt Clara "Your daughter is only one year older?" and Aunt Clara confirms this.
But I did make a few observations, in "Runaways" the girls say that Raven's goal is to become a singer but in the book "Raven," this was never mentioned. Of course, goals to change over time so this is easily explained. I also noticed that "Butterfly" was a lot like Carrie Dollanganger but there are a few differences between the two of them. Although both of them seem to want to please more than anything, Carrie was definitely more vocal when she was displeased. And at one point in her life, Carrie was sure of herself and so very lively, Janet's character has not seemed to have inherited this love for life. I hope that everyone has a great 2000. Until next time...
By Clara Sue Cutler
Misty Foster, the dreamer and optimistic OWP. In the first book of the Wildflowers series we read about Misty's story. The story she is telling three complete strangers and her therapist, Doctor Marlowe. The three strangers she tells her story to have their own stories, but why should any of them trust Misty, or even each other. Because as Misty has named them they are OWP's, Orphans With Parents.
Misty comes from a rich family, her family isn't what it always was though. Her parents have gotten a divorce. Misty lives with her mother and stays with her dad sometimes on the weekends at his apartment. The same one he shares with his new girlfriend, Ariel.
After the divorce, Misty tries to hide it from her friends, none of their parents were divorced and she didn't want to be different from them but they found out, and one day a boy, Charles Allen Fitch, comes up to her, saying he knows on it feels his parents are divorced too. They bond quickly, probably too quickly. One day when Misty is over at his house they had sex. The next day Misty found out he had lied to her, his parents weren't getting a divorce. He had used her.
Things became worse between Misty's parents. They always talked bad about the other one right in front of her. Her father was too busy with his new girlfriend to spend much time with her and her mother was so obsessed with herself she didn't really care much about Misty. So she was left alone most of the time.
Then Misty met Lloyd Kimble, a boy very different from Charles Allen, his parents were really divorced. He lived with his mother, who was always gone, and was like Misty, pretty much on his own. Misty began to fall in love with Lloyd, banishing the thought that she was like her mother and hated sex. One weekend they snuck around and they stayed at Misty's Dad's apartment, she had a spare key and him and his girlfriend were gone, but they feel asleep on the couch with robes on and were caught. Misty was in serious trouble, and at school Lloyd was too. He got into a fight and was expelled.
Both feeling unwanted and hating their situations decided to run away together, on Lloyds's little motorcycle. He decided they would go to Seattle, he knew someone up there that ran a garage he could get a job at. But to get more money Lloyd robbed a convenience store, and they were caught and arrested. Because Misty knew nothing of the robbery she got put on probation and had to see a therapist. Lloyd was sent to a juvenile facility.
The girls' were surprised by her story, but the others had yet to tell their stories, and one would be far worse than any of them imagined.
"Petals on the Wind"
By Lillian Cutler
Julian Marquet, thirteenth in a long line of famous dancers, was in a terrible car accident. He was taken to a hospital where the doctors said his spinal cord was, in a way, in shock. He had broken bones and internal injuries. Catherine Marquet, Mr. Marquet's wife, claimed that he had cut his IV. She also claimed that he thought he was paralyzed, and killed himself because he thought there was no life for him if he couldn't dance. Mr. Marquet was buried next to his father, Georges Rosencoff.
Carrie Sheffield died in the hospital after trying to commit suicide. Her sister Catherine says she ate arsenic-covered doughnuts to make herself sick. Catherine will only say that she wanted to be with her father and her twin brother, who passed away years before. Carrie was buried in the Sheffield family plot.
*Bartholomew Winslow & Olivia Foxworth*
Bartholomew Winslow and Olivia Foxworth both died in a fire at Foxworth Hall on Christmas Eve. Authorities say the fire started in the attic. Mr. Winslow had safely come out of the mansion when his wife cried that her mother was still in the house. He went back in to save her, and both suffocated from the smoke.
Servant and loving family member to the Sheffield Family, "Henny," as her family called her, died of a heart attack. Ms. Beech was deaf and mute and resided in the Sheffield household for many years. She leaves behind her family members, Dr. Paul Sheffield, Dr. Christopher Sheffield, and Catherine Dahl Marquet.
*Dr. Paul Sheffield*
Dr. Paul Sheffield had four severe heart attacks before he died in his sleep in his home. Chris Sheffield, who was living with Paul and his wife, says that he died the best way a man could die-- if there is a way--in his sleep, thinking good thoughts. Mr. Sheffield left everything he owned to his wife, Catherine Sheffield.
A Man with Only One Hope
By The Lawyer Doll
If you asked him, Damian Adare would most likely be the first one to admit that he has done wrong in his life. He is certainly no saint! As the lover of two sisters, and the father of a child that he never acknowledged, he could be easily seen as a cold and brutal man who cared only for himself... and his appearance. For all of his shortcomings, however, there was one role which he cherished beyond anything else. That role was of course being a father to his beloved Audrina. In Damian's mind, it was through Audrina that he was able to erase the wrongs of his life. If he was the perfect father to Audrina, somehow it would make up for the disaster that he had created. Audrina certainly wasn't hard for him to love! She was everything he could have asked for in a daughter; beautiful, intelligent, vibrant and most of all, obedient. For nine years it appeared that Audrina would be the shining light of his life. She illuminated their dismal home, Whitefern, just as she brightened his heart. On Audrina's ninth birthday, however, everything changed. That afternoon, on the way home from school, Audrina disobeyed her parents and cut through the woods. There she was raped and left for dead under the golden raintree. She found her way home, and the truth of the afternoon was revealed to two very distraught parents. Devastated beyond reason, Damian's parental instincts kicked into overdrive, and he helped her in the only way he knew how. He helped her forget. His actions, though some may say were selfish, were his own pitiful attempt to save the life of the only person he ever loved, truly. In that respect, Damian is not guilty of being a terrible father.. but rather one that cared too much. Until next time, the defense rests.
The Unveiling of Neptune's Daughter (Logan Series)
By Daphne Dumas
The unveiling of celebrated artist Kenneth Childs' latest work, Neptune's Daughter was a grand occasion that people flocked to from miles around. Along with Mr. Childs, the model, a young girl named Melody Logan, was among the guests. The work of art itself was quite vivid, a young girl emerging naked from a large wave. I think some people were shocked at the portrayal, but it's a shock that will linger for years to come.
The party itself was held in Judge Nelson Childs' grand home. There were many delicious things to eat, like seafood and prime rib, and lots of hors d'oeurves. The entertainment was lively, especially when the young Ms. Logan performed with her fiddle. As the party drew to a close, it was made known that the statue was being purchased by Judge Childs and he planned on donating it to a museum for all to see.
By Luke Sr and Luke Jr
Luke and I discover more and more theories each week. As much as we would like to bring them all to you, we know in this small newsletter we have to give you a "Cliff's Notes" type version. This week, we have Casteel theories for you. And we can talk about the most poignant character out of the series -- Leigh.
Leigh grew up in a loving household, never knowing the secrets that would ultimately make her family betray her. Such a character has hardly ever been written. From book to book, and author to author, she seems to stand out on her own. Leigh is truly a turning point for each character. Look at the lives she influenced.
Heaven. Heaven always longed for her mother. That snowballed into a want for love. Always looking for the approval that her mother couldn't give her, she tried to have a family, and when that didn't work she looked for love where ever she could find it. A string of men -- she pulled them all in to depend on her in one way or another. She was always trying to emulate her mother, maybe through that she could have love.
Luke. Of course Heaven's father would have to be the prime person that Leigh would have an effect on. Maybe Luke was a true romantic, hoping that a lone woman could come into his life, make him a father, make him work hard and make him cherish every last breath he took until he could no more, and when she died he wouldn't be able to live. Maybe that is true. She crippled him in a way. Not physically, but she crippled his heart so that no one else, not even his family, could heal it. Truly, she had an effect on him that would last forever.
Winnerrow. The town she came to, and the town that fell in love with her. All the characters, some even in hate, could never really deny that deep inside, she was something special.
Jillian. The woman who bore her. The one who betrayed her most. Leigh was a thorn but even Jill knew that one day she would become more than Jill could have hoped for herself.
So you ask "so what?" Have you ever considered what kind of person would have to have an effect years, decades after her death? What kind of woman could take men's hearts and not give them back, or who could never see her own child and still command a respect and want from her?
The reason she is the greatest character? She never was. In every book, Leigh was dead. We never knew Leigh and we never could. Even in Web of dreams, we loved a woman who was long gone, reading her words penned into a small journal years before. If that isn't amazing what can be? How a small girl could effect so many with such a short life. Why would the writer do this? Simple answer... to show how incredible she was. Once you look back on the Casteel series and think, she was never there, how can you miss it? A character that never was, will never be forgotten. And that is why the Casteel series commands so much respect. Don't you wish that you could leave a mark like that? I know we do.
Luke & Luke
*Battle of the Sexes*
Ruby & Heaven go head to head
By Guest Writers Luke Sr & Luke Jr
Okay, I have heard it all! Andrew Neiderman used this "Pattern Theory" and Heaven is like Ruby.
STOP THE PRESSES!
I read Ruby over my school break and what a surprise. Ever since I got into all of these VCA groups and discussions, I have heard an opinion or two. (!) Well, I thought the Landry series would be like the Casteel series. They aren't alike. I was proud of Neiderman.
To look closely, you can tell who writes what. Sometimes in the book I caught Neiderman using certain phrases, phrases maybe overused in certain VCA novels, such as Dollanganger, Adare or Casteel. Yes, you can tell when the Ghostwriter copies.
Look further though, and you can see. Neiderman has his own style. Some of his wording isn't so flowery. V.C. Andrews had a way of trying to make everything seem like sugarplums and roses in the springtime. Neiderman wants you to see it through your own eyes. He describes, but in a way that you have to look deeper.
Think of it like a piece of rock candy. V.C. not only gives you the block, but she makes you close your eyes and imagine how it would taste if you hadn't had it in forever. Neiderman, on the other hand, gives you a taste, and then he tells you what he thinks, and then he gives you another taste and lets you describe it yourself.
In Heaven (mostly the first three books) V.C. takes you through a journey of love and betrayal. The thing is she maps it out. She tells you how Heaven feels, she tell you every emotion in Heaven's head and in her heart. She wants you to be there with her, to cry when the books end, and to think later on about what has just happened here. Truly, a timeless novel.
In Ruby, Neiderman goes the other way, although not completely. Ruby seems a little unsure sometimes, and not as forward as Heaven sometimes can be. He wants you to feel Ruby's confusion, her tumbles through decisions and he wants to give you the chance to predict what could happen, as though you the reader could change what is going on.
The authors each have a distinct way of getting the point across, and yet, both of these series are wonderful. I don't know why people say that Ruby is like Heaven, or vice versa. The best thing for me was the contrast of the books. With a few minor coincidences (which happen in every book lol) and a few catch phrases (who hasn't heard the same two phrases on the tele? Does "Go ahead, make my day" sound familiar?) these are two of a kind series. I recommend both to everyone, even though I have a bit of an attachment to Casteel. ;)
So who wins out in the battle of the authors? Should we pay homage to the one and only, the true original, or should we respect the attempts of one man to satiate our desire for more books? Hmmm, opinions are a dime a dozen, and that is why I will let you decide. But maybe there is no answer. Maybe there are only books, and after all, what are these author without their characters?
By The Pharaoh Adare
"The shocking prequel to the breath-taking saga of the Landry Series"
Gabrielle Landry was a young, smart, and beautiful girl in a world of unknowing circumstances. Her whole life was spent in the bayou of Louisiana with her spiritual mother, Catherine, and her conniving and mean spirited father, Jack.
Gabrielle loved nature and all that was contained within it but nature was not enough to untangle her out of a web that a man, by the name of Octavious Tate, spun her into. Her small but beautifully innocent world was slowly ripped apart by Octavious' evilness and something unexpected came about out of it that would send poor Gabrielle tumbling into a hole down to her true-life nightmare.
Catherine Landry, a strong-minded mother, was there by her young daughter's side to keep her strong and help her live her life anew. But will her new life go down the same tunnel it had gone down before or will it truly be 100% new?
By Deirdre Marquet
NOW AVAILABLE........Into the Garden
Mini-books cost approximately $3.99,
Into the Garden cost approximately $6.99.
It's about four, very different girls from divorced and dysfunctional families. They meet in the office of their therapist and share their most private stories. According to many of the reviews I've heard, Cat has the best story and the biggest secret.
The last book, called Into the Garden, has a BIG surprise in store for us.
Millennium series: The Hudson Series (formerly known as the Arnold Series)
2000..............Lightning Strikes (formerly known as Shadow of Tears)
2000..............Eye of the Storm
This series will focus in a girl with a biracial heritage trying to discover the truth about her past. The ghostwriter says, "that there will be four novels, full-length through 2000 and into the first quarter of 2001."
The original title for this series, "Shadow" was scrapped for unspecified reasons.
The Ghostwriter has stated that some producers are interested in both The Orphans and The Wild Flowers series as to create a television series one or both.
Also the Ghostwriter also stated that there may be some other works past 2000 but no titles have been released.
The Ruby miniseries of the first three novels is no longer in development with CBS. They are currently looking for a network to produce it.
Rumors of the Runaways series being produced into a television have been both at the WB Station and MTV.
Dawn rights are also rumored to have been purchased to develop into a film. But then again it could just be a rumor. Stay tuned for more.
You can see the commercial for "Into the Garden" on MTV.
(This information was found from the many V.C. sites located on the WWW including The V.C. Andrews Villa)
Yes, I know it took me longer than usual to get this newsletter out but with the holidays here and New Years to celebrate, I wanted to make sure this issue was a complete success... And I am thrilled to say I have the best staff of writers out there. These guys (er, gals) work their tails off at the end of each month to help put this together for your viewing pleasure. They deserve a huge round of applause ::claps wildly::
Here's to a bright New Year and a Happy 2000!!! Can you believe it is here already?
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