The Book vs the Movie: Petals on the Wind

Hey guys! Apologies for the hiatus. My internet has been out for a while and things got too busy for me to visit a local coffee shop. I’ve missed posting. Since I viewed a new movie based on a book tonight, I’m going to start with a book vs movie post and move on from there.



Book written by V.C. Andrews, 1980

Movie directed by Karen Moncrieff, 2014

Synopsis from

They were such brave children to withstand such suffering. Such clever children to escape such terror!

For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course mother had to pretend they didn’t exist.

And Grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them.

But that wasn’t their fault. Was it? Cathy knew what to do.

She now had the powers she had learned from her beautiful mother. She knew it in the way her brother still yearned for her, in the way her guardian touched her, in the way all men looked at her.

She knew it was time to put what she knew to the test. To show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten… Show them.

Show them—once and for all.

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Which I Viewed First: 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: Better paced plot, more character development, especially with characters such as Paul that weren’t really included in the movie.  The dancing and relationships were also more developed in the book even though I liked the romances of Bart and Chris somewhat better in the movie (not as many flaws).

Things the Movie Did Better: Great cast (Carrie was absolutely perfect!), some changes that I liked better than what happened in the book, Cathy was more likable (though I wish she’d been a little more vengeful at times).

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: While the movie is pretty good considering the time limit and how much stuff was in the book, I imagine it’s confusing to watch if you haven’t read the book. The book has more time for the plot and character development, which really makes the characters.

Should the movie be re-made?: Uncertain. Lifetime did a pretty good job considering.

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



2 thoughts on “The Book vs the Movie: Petals on the Wind

  1. Maybe not a remake but do a movie that picks up with them on the bus and meeting Henny. How did they survive? Go into them trying to live a normal life with Dr. Paul.

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