Sharp Objects: What to expect from the HBO series


HBO finally released the long-awaited trailer for Sharp Objects, the miniseries adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s debut novel.

Flynn is best known as the author of the 2012 smash hit Gone Girl. She also adapted it for the screen in the 2014 film version. So what should we expect when the series finally airs?

First, it is important to note that Sharp Objects is a considerably shorter book than Gone Girl is, and yet it’s been adapted for a series. So what does this mean? It means that odds are it will be incredibly faithful to the source material, as they won’t have to edit strictly for time.

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In fact, it might actually expand on the original book and go deeper than in the novel. Considering the show is from the same creator of Big Little LiesSharp Objects might be HBO’s big hit of 2018.

Sharp Objects is about reporter Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) returning to her Missouri hometown to report on a few grisly murders. While there, Camille has to reconnect with her wealthy mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson) and her half-sister Amma.

Camille has plenty of emotional baggage that comes to the surface when back in her old hometown. Amy Adams is one of the best actresses currently working in Hollywood and Patricia Clarkson looks absolutely perfect in the role of her mother. Casting Clarkson is an example of a well-cast character.

Gone Girl was a story about marriage, the relationship between husband and wife. Sharp Objects is a story about the relationships women have with each other. The relationship between mother and daughter and between sisters is at the heart of the book.

How to sum up the trailer and general story? Ominous and dark.

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Having read both Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, Sharp Objects is darker and more intense than Gone Girl. Amy Adams character is quite sympathetic, Camille has massive issues and the book does not shy away from addressing those.