If you are one of the millions of people who had their minds blown and hearts racing from the best-selling book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, then do we have the show for you!
Tomorrow, July 8th, the premiere of Sharp Objects will air on HBO. Sharp Objects is going to be an eight episode adaptation of Flynn’s 2006 debut novel of the same name. The novel is told from reporter Camille Preaker’s (played by Amy Adams) point of view, who is fresh out of a brief stay at a psych hospital when she’s faced with a difficult assignment: she has to go back to her home town to cover the story of two young girls who have been murdered.
For a troubled character like Preaker, going back home to a small city like Wind Gap, Missouri comes with having to confront a past she doesn’t want to deal with, the hypochondriac mother she doesn’t get along with, and her estranged half-sister, Amma, who seems to have an odd hold on the residents of Wind Gap.
Anybody who’s read Gone Girl won’t be surprised to hear that Sharp Objects is another thriller with a dark, creepy plot, featuring deeply flawed, imperfect female characters who aren’t supposed to be likable – but somehow burrow deeply into your psyche long after the story ends anyway.
In a recent interview with Goodreads, Flynn gives her opinion on how the book differs from the series:
It’s a loyal adaptation, but you get to see all its warts…here is a phantasmagoria of a place brought to life. There’s no other place like Wind Gap. So to get to see it bloom to life, to get to see Adora’s lush Victorian house and her hog farm and Wind Gap’s parks and lush places, where it seems if you left a car for too long, a vine would grow over it. You’ll see the femaleness of the place and the ominousness of the place. You can feel that in a way that’s so striking. And to see the actors and actresses really bring these people to life is really something different and exciting.
Because we did have that room in the series, we were able to play with more subplots and add a few more twists. It’s faithful to the book, but we’re able to take a few more loop-de-loops and add a few more weird cul-de-sacs to Wind Gap. And play with certain characters’ backstories. You get to know more about a few more characters…we just got to have room to play with those characters and grow them more. And say, “What would these people be like? What would they be doing?” It’s fun to get to revisit it now. I had not looked at it in those 12 years since it’s been published. And to look back and say, “No, really, what was the deal with this guy?”
In case all of that isn’t enough to peak your interest, check out the trailer:
Because the series is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, director of Big Little Lies, and Flynn herself is executive producer and wrote three of the eight episodes, it’s easy to predict that Sharp Objects is going to be one of the summer’s biggest hits. With all of the hype surrounding this show, you’re going to want to make sure to tune into HBO tomorrow, July 8th at 9PM so you don’t miss out!