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Sharp Objects: 5 Things They Changed From the Book (& 5 Things Kept The Same)

Sharp Objects is a Gothic tale. It features, Camille, our main character, being sent to investigate and report on the unusual death of one young girl and disappearance of another that occurred in her hometown. For many reasons, Camille has avoided going home. Although her family is the local elite, life at home is anything but pleasant. Her mother disapproves of her. Her father figure is absent even while he is present. She doesn’t really know her younger half-sister, Amma. Meanwhile, memories of her favorite sibling, Marian, are around every surface and dream. Altogether, the story tackles three mysteries: 1.) Who is the killer of the two young girls; 2.) What really happened to cause the death of her favorite sister; 3.) Can Camille escape her family’s dysfunction?

If you are like us, immediately after viewing the HBO Series Sharp Objects, we had to read the book. In looking at both, some details were either changed or omitted, and for others, the series stayed the same as the book.

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10 Changed: The Age Of The Murdered Two Girls

In the HBO Series, Camille initially investigates the disappearance of one girl, Natalie, which turns out to be a murder. She tries to connect it to the murder of another girl, Ann, from the previous year. While this is the same in the book and the film series, the age of the two girls is different.

In the HBO Series, Natalie is 14, and Ann was 13. In the book, the girls were much younger: Natalie was 10, and Ann was 9. It could be that the series decided to change the ages in order to make the girls closer to adolescence and the age that Camille remembers well when she was in her hometown. It could be that the murders seemed even worse aimed at children. Either way, the ages are notably different.

9 Not Changed: Camille’s Relationship With Her Mother

In both the book and the series, Adora and Camille have a bad relationship. Part of this is due to Camille always being independent (and smart/wary). Adora wants to have Camille depend on her, and Camille has never really allowed that (thankfully so).

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Their relationship is contemptuous, and at the same time, Camille still yearns for her mother’s love. This is why the moment in the series when Adora tells Camille that she has never loved her is especially painful.

8 Changed: Camille’s Relationship With Amma, Her Half-Sister

In the film series, their relationship is presented as growing in closeness. Amma seems to look up to her older sister, remembering Camille’s reputation as a cool, popular person. In turn, Camille admires Amma’s confidence and is very taken in by her sister, even though she will never be as close to Amma as she was to Marian (her favorite sister, long-time deceased).

While there are moments in the book where Amma and Camille seem to bond, there is more of a feeling that Amma is extreme and a little off. When Amma and Camille get hurt and Amma’s chest bleeds, Amma takes a swab of her blood to wipe across Camille’s lips. Later, when Camille gets custody of Amma, she talks about how exhausting Amma is, how needy, and how uncertain Camille is about being a guardian. There are elements of this in the film, but the extremes aren’t caught.

7 Not Changed: Marian’s Mysterious Death

The grand mystery of Marian’s death is present in both the film series and the book. In addition, Camille’s closeness to Marian and grief in her loss are in both. While we don’t want to disclose fully what happened so not to spoil the grand mystery, there is a good reason why Camille questions the death. It does highlight some scary, core family problems.

Also, equally shown in both is the admiration that Marian had for Camille. Their sister bond was tight, so tight that it feels even as present in current day as it did in the past.

6 Changed: Second Home Location

Camille’s hometown is the same in both the book and the HBO Series: Wind Gap, Missouri. The book calls it, “one of those crummy towns prone to misery.” However, Camille’s second home is different. In the book, she lives in Chicago and is a reporter there. At the end of the novel, she takes Amma there to move in with her.

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In the HBO Series, she is in St. Louis instead and a reporter from there. This makes her a closer distance to Wind Gap, but yet in a different world. Could this be why the second home location changed?

5 Not Changed: Camille’s Cutting

In both the series and the book, Camille cuts herself. In the series, we see the reason why she wears the long sleeves and is hesitant to try on dresses with her mother and half-sister. Camille’s mother knows about her cutting and wants to expose it to Amma.

In the book, Camille says, “I cut words,” as if that makes her different than an average cutter. She also believes that once Richard (her brief romantic interest) seems her marked body, that whatever they had is over. She can see in his eyes how repulsed he is with her. This is also in the HBO series.

A lot of attention is given to one spot where Camille isn’t able to cut, a space on her back that isn’t easy to reach. This spot is given extra attention in the book, making her mother’s statement, “Someday I’ll carve my name there,” especially haunting.

4 Changed: Calhoun Day

Calhoun Day is an event where we can see the layers of societal and family dynamics in full display in the HBO Series. It is convenient because, unlike the first person book, the series can’t crawl into Camille’s head where we learn about these layers firsthand. Calhoun Day doesn’t exist in the book.

3 Not Changed: Amma’s Jealousy

Once Amma lives with Camille, Camille helps encourage a new friendship for Amma. The problem stems from when the new friend seems to bond with Camille, and Amma worries that Camille likes the friend more than she likes her. Amma is immediately jealous because Camille belongs to Amma. This is also the case with the young girls that Adora, their mother, has paid attention to. Once they get attention, and one even bites Adora, Amma becomes jealous.

2 Changed: Epilogue

A benefit of reading the book is that not only are we made aware of Camille’s interior world, but we also find out what happens next to Amma after the series ends with Camille discovering Amma’s violence. Amma is locked up, and Camille visits her sister often. Camille is even closer with Frank (her boss) and Eileen (his wife) Curry in the book, and they take her in after all the tragedy she suffered. They try to make up for how she grew up by treating her with kindness, even kissing her on the head at night.

Camille is worried about turning out like her mother, or that she is already like her mother. Presented as a daily struggle, she is trying to be kind.

1 Not Changed: Dreams

Both the series and the book make use of dreams and dream-like features. We see these through the eyes of Camille. Often times she is sifting through memories or trying to make sense of things. While the amount of dreams present in the series may be different than in the book, they are still used.

In the series, the glimpses of the lady in white are particularly disturbing, especially when we reach the end. In the book, Camille has a dream where her mother cuts her open to unpack her organs and sew her initials on them. Both are equally disturbing. They are Camille trying to make sense of things in a way that her fully awake mind can’t.

Both the series and the book are worth a watch or a read. They both stay in line with the Gothic tale, a tale that proves Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl) is very gifted and continues to deliver intriguing stories.

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2019-07-12 01:07:36

Heather Frankland

2019 Golden Globe Nominations: Black Panther, Sharp Objects & More

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has revealed its movie, TV show, and limited series nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony. The nominees were announced by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater on Thursday morning, December 6.

While there’s still a ways to go until next year’s Academy Awards ceremony, several films have already emerged as front-runners in this year’s awards season derby. Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite are among the movies near the front of the pack, as are critical darlings like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. At the same time, acclaimed films that opened in theaters earlier this year (namely, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) will remain in the race to the Oscars, however things play out at the Golden Globes.

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Meanwhile, on the TV front, HBO’s Sharp Objects and AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl limited series adaptations are expected to earn their fair share of recognition from the awards shows to come, starting with the Golden Globes. Brand-new TV shows likes HBO’s Barry and BBC America’s Killing Eve have already been widely celebrated and recognized by awards bodies this year, and should only continue to rack up more nominations from here. The same goes for the celebrated sophomore seasons of returning comedies like FX’s Atlanta (aka. Atlanta: Robbin’ Season) and Netflix’s GLOW – though, the muted response to HBO’s Westworld season 2 may hurt its own awards season prospects.

With all that in mind, here are the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes ceremony:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Streat Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • A Quiet Place
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “All the Stars”, Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”, Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”, A Private War
  • “Revelation”, Boy Erased
  • “Shallow”, A Star Is Born

Best Television Series – Drama

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • Pose

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Connie Britton, Dirty John
  • Laura Dern, The Tale
  • Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picaso
  • Darren Criss, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
  • Daniel Brühl, The Alienist
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Julia Roberts, Homecoming
  • Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Stephan James, Homecoming
  • Richard Madden, Bodyguard
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Kristen Bell, The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
  • Alison Brie, GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Sasha Baron Cohen, Who is America?
  • Jim Carrey, Kidding
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld
  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

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The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs live on January 6 @8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

Source: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association



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