What Have You Been Reading Lately? – Sharp Objects By Gillian Flynn

I just finished reading Sharp Objects on Sunday and had no idea HBO is making a series based on the book until I happened to see a trailer for it on Monday.  I always find it so amusing when serendipitous things like that happen.

Have you read it? Whew…it is quite a ride.

I usually try not to learn much about a fiction book before I read it, and definitely went into this one blind.

I did know it is written by Gillian Flynn, the same author as Gone Girl, so it’s no surprise that it is a psychological thriller. 

The eight part HBO series has the same producer as Get Out and same director as Big Little Lies.  It stars Amy Adams who plays Camille Preaker.  Pretty impressive lineup!  Have you seen Get Out or Big Little Lies?  Both are so good.

Another interesting tidbit of information I found is that in the book, Camille Preaker has left her hometown in Wind Gap, Missouri to try to make a better life for herself in Chicago, where she is a reporter for a local paper.  However, in a description I read of the series’ first episode, they changed her base from Chicago to St. Louis (my hometown).

Chicago barely played a role in the book, so I’m curious why they chose to make this change.  Especially since Gillian Flynn is from Kansas City, Missouri but graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with a degree in journalism.  I always think it’s interesting when authors choose to include semi-autobiographical details in their novels, so I’m surprised but intrigued that HBO would make this change.

Have you read the book?  Do you think you will watch the series?  I can’t wait!  It premiers July 8th, I hope we will be able to find a way to watch it up in Canada!

(Photo Credit: HBO)

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  • Reply Andy BergerJune 20, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I need a new series, can’t wait!

    • Reply AnnaJune 20, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Me too! This was a pretty disturbing book to read though, so I can’t imagine it will be easy to watch. Curious to see how they handle all the imagery.

  • Reply MichaelJune 20, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I am currently reading 3 books . The first was a gift from my brother-in-law. Sapiens by Yuval Harari.. A Brief History of Humankind. I am especially enjoying the section on religion including the discussion of life/death , natural and super-natural, dualism(good vs evil). In addition, the section on imperialism was amazing. Also reading, Never Split the Difference(Negotiating as if you life depended on it) Who knew that starting negotiations with a NO is better than a YES.? Finally I loved the new Jack Reacher book, Worth Dying For, by Lee Child. It is fiction, and the story of one man doing good by fighting evil. Quick read.

    • Reply AnnaJune 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Wow! Those sound really interesting, thank you for sharing.

  • Reply NaniJune 23, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Yes I have read and/or seen all. Didn’t know about HBO series. Thanks for the “heads up”. I gave up cable so will need to renew HBO. Been waiting for my favorites to return from their summer hiatus. I can’t seem to get into a ppl lately. Darn. The Woman in Cabin Ten to no avail. Just can’t like or dislike any characters. They are all dumb and am half way through. I always finish books I start (even if I skim read) but as MB said today, I need to be more discriminating.

  • Reply JulieJune 30, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Great post. I hope stl is portrayed well as it’s my hometown too. I’m halfway through Never Split the Difference and would highly recommend it. It’s written by a hostage negotiator for the FBI.

    • Reply AnnaJuly 3, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Sounds interesting! Thanks for the recommendation.

  • Reply Petrina TorgersonJuly 6, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I’m excited to see St Louis on the big screen! Other than Meet Me in St Louis I don’t know if I’ve seen anything set there.

    I’m currently reading Make Trouble by Cecile Richards, the President of Planned Parenthood. She’s a high-energy lady who definitely inspires in these troubling times. Her career started in organzing labour unions in the South and that was one of the most interesting parts of the book for me. I learned so much!

    • Reply AnnaJuly 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Love Meet Me In St. Louis! Up In The Air with George Clooney has a lot of STL scenery.

      I went to a film fest once where we got to ask the directors questions. Someone asked why they dont film in STL and they explained that other cities offer much better incentives (tax credits etc.) so there isn’t much of a film industry.

      Sounds like an interesting read! I’ve heard many fascinating interviews with her.

      Thank you for sharing!

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