The Book vs the Movie: Flowers in the Attic (Remake Edition)



Book written by V.C. Andrews, 1979

Movie directed by Deborah Chow, 2014

Synopsis from

Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn’t that she didn’t love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake–a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little while.

But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work–children who–one by one–must be destroyed….

‘Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive…


Picture Source:
Picture Source:


Picture Source: Lifetime
Picture Source: Lifetime



Which I Viewed First: I actually viewed the original movie from 1987 first, but in this case, the book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More information, more character depth, minor details, nostalgia from when I first read it.

Things the Movie Did Better: This movie version was much closer to the book, but the only things I liked better than the book was the doe scene and the part at the end with the grandmother.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: The book will always be better in my eyes. I do really enjoy both movie versions, however.

Should the movie be re-made?: Not necessarily BUT I am excited that Lifetime is thinking about doing the sequel and more movies based on VCA!

And in case you’re curious, here is my Book vs Movie verdict on the original FITA movie.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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