Sharp Objects: bestselling novel to hit television screens


Gillian Flynn

Reanna Comiso, Features Editor

One of one of the most hauntingly pleasant novels in recent years will soon be coming to HBO. It is psychological, compelling and absolutely not something to be missed.

A young journalist returns to her Midwestern hometown of Wind Gap, Miss. filled to the brim with trauma and heartache. This is where Camille Preaker has been sent to investigate the murders of two young girls, and the place where she will forever be haunted by the death of her kid sister.

In 2006, Gillian Flynn released her debut novel Sharp Objects. Over the summer, that story will be brought to life as an HBO miniseries.

The miniseries will consist of eight episodes. An official premier date has not been announced, but a first look at the series will occur at the ATX Television Festival on June 7.

Flynn has authored several best-selling novels, including Gone Girl, which was turned into a Hollywood movie in 2014. Flynn has a raw talent for producing thrilling and suspenseful mysteries, fulfilling one’s morbid desires.

Amy Adams will play Camille, the protagonist. Other members of the cast include: Patricia Clarkson, who will play Adora Crellin, Camille’s mother; Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin, and Matt Craven as Vickery, the police chief of Wind Gap.

The miniseries was created by Marti Noxon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed the Emmy Award-winning series Big Little Lies.

Sharp Objects, in my opinion, was one of the most invigorating books I have ever read. Flynn is able to bring readers to the small town of Wind Gap, where Camille grew up in a large home in their quaint town with a helicopter mother who lives a questionable life.

Hearing  one of my favorite books will be turned into a series was incredibly exciting. I remember reading the story just a few weeks ago and day-dreaming about who would be the best actress to portray Camille, a character with much depth and despair.

Typically, when a book becomes a television show or a movie, a lot of key aspects of the story are missing. With this miniseries, I am hoping  the directors and screenwriters leave nothing out. Being a mystery, changing one aspect of the story will warp the atmosphere completely.

This is a show with much potential if executed correctly. Even if the adaptation is unsuccessful, the book will remain a constant, and I will continue to recommend it to anyone seeking a thrill.