Flowers In The Attic Gets A Less Creepy Cover

I read the 1979 cult classic Flowers in the Attic when I was 13, but I would hesitate to call it young adult fiction. No, “supermarket trash” is more appropriate for V.C. Andrews’ book — I mean that in a good way — as it tells the story of four siblings locked inside their grandparents’ attic, being slowly starved to death as punishment for being the product of the incestuous relationship between their mother and her half-uncle. Oh and while they’re up there, the two eldest children — brother and sister Cathy and Chris — fall in love, because, like, incestuous feelings run in the family I guess. Anyway, the original cover for the book, pictured on the left, perfectly conveys the dark, WTFed-ness of the book’s juicy plot, but apparently it isn’t cuddly enough for today’s teen audience. See, publishers have released this new cover (right), which makes Flowers in the Attic look like a Sweet Valley High special edition. It may be softer and sweeter looking, but anyone who’s read the book knows that cute couple on the cover are brother and sister. Gross! [via Buzzfeed]