Book Covers of the Mentioned Novels (Google Images)

A few months ago, I was discussing books with a good friend of mine. Both of us are well educated black women who have worked in academia and self-proclaimed bibliophiles. Our conversation veered from the seminal books of our personal mental catalogs as we spoke about those that are considered classics and those that are considered ‘smut’. Now, of course, you cannot have a conversation about smut without discussing V.C. Andrews. As we discussed her various novels and the age frame with which we read them, I…