Sharp Objects: Novel Vs. Series
(Note there are spoilers)
Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects focuses on Camille, a once young beauty still in recovery from her past. She fled her small-town life for the big city until a little girl of her hometown on Wind Gap is found dead. As a journalist, her editor sends her back to the small town to uncover the story. Reluctantly, she returns home, suffering the memories of her past, itching at her skin. As the story unfolds, Camella finds out she is somehow connected to the killing and possibly, even the murders.
I began watching the HBO Series, Sharp Object and was hooked. The casting, the evening the flashbacks, I loved it all. That is why I chose to pick up the book. I ended up completing it well before the Series ended and I must say, unlike Handmaid’s Tale, I preferred the book.
While reading I found that the majority of the storyline was the same. Some small difference would pop up such as, where Camella ended up moving to which was Chicago in the book vs. St. Louis in the series. The time is all took place. HBO had it set in the present, where the book was set in the early 2000’s. None of these things seemed to make much difference when it came to the storyline; therefore, did not bother me much. That said, I soon found other small alterations in the series that left me questioning why?
The serious showed an obvious parental connection between Camille and her editor Frank, but it really didn’t go into detail like the book. I found this strange, as not many people look to their boss as a father figure. Also, the series showed that Frank was suffering from an illness, which was never mentioned in the book I felt that this left things very open, causing the viewer to wonder about something that was never really touched on.
Then in the series, John is arrested over a small bloodstain. Now, I know I am not a person of the law, but I don’t that is enough evidence to put someone behind bars. Which, is probably why it was not in the book, as it was very unrealistic and added drama when it was not needed.
Finally, the finale. Although in the book the discovery of Camille’s mother’s abuse and Amma’s horrid crimes, was summed up quickly, it painted a vivid picture. The reader understood why this mother and daughter pair made such heinous choices and what came of them. In live action version, I can’t say did that. Once again, unneeded questions came about and drama added in where it was not needed. After the finale show aired a friend who didn’t read the book asked me, “So wait Amma did it or was it Camille’s mom?”. Because of the way the series portrayed Amma’s final moments, in small, harsh, quick clips it left the viewer with doubts. Whereas, in the book, it is very cut and dry.
Although I understand that Hollywood has to create suspense so their viewers will keep on viewing, but sometimes it just becomes too much. Why fix something that isn’t broken? If the book was horrible and had an ok plotline that you wanted to embellish, fine, go for it. But, that is not the case when it comes to Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.
All in all, if you are a reader, I would highly recommend giving this one a go. If you are a viewer, watch the series, other than a few questionable choices by Hollywood, it is great. Plus, it can never be that bad if Amy Adams is staring!
Next book of the Reading Challenge is A Secret History of Witches