September 4, 2018, Guest Blog, Pick Your Bestseller ~
Amy Adams in HBO’s Sharp Objects.
Women Writing Fiction about Women Killers
by Taylor Marsh
Women authors have remade killer fiction their own way.
It’s the hot topic covered in The Atlantic, Vulture, the New York Times and other outlets.
Evil found in comfortable settings.
Women murderesses in fractured storylines.
Manipulated stressors on characters who have a hair trigger bridge to traumatic memories.
In Megan Abbott’s Give Me Your Hand, she explores what happens when best friends compete, but only one of them has a grip on reality.
One thing Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott, Lucy Dawson… and other women authors in this high-wire genre have in common: competitive brawls spread and entangle innocents.
The villain is a woman. Men are bit players.
From The Atlantic:
“Like 2017’s Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects is directed in its entirety by the Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée and adapted from a book—in this case, from the debut novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl. But if Big Little Lies was soapy melodrama elevated by superb performances and Vallée’s extraordinary visual eye, Sharp Objects is Southern Gothic for the 21st century, probing the grim heritage and often squalid reality of small-town America.”
Brutal crimes by women are explored in these new thrillers. When fury overtakes a woman.
A journey of power struggles and murder.
The molten core of Glynn’s Sharp Objects is past pain replicated inside a woman’s mind over and over again.
Torture that disallows healing.
Female Authors Using Struggles Unique to Women to Tell a Story
In an interview with Vulture, Abbott says…
“As the afternoon shadows lengthen, our conversation ranges from the recent death of Philip Roth — ‘His books were smart and dirty, and until then, I didn’t know you could be both,’ she wrote in an appreciation — to Flowers in the Attic, the blockbuster 1979 horror novel by V. C. Andrews that a generation of girls passed around in locker rooms and summer camps. ‘All those dark feelings you’re not supposed to have as a girl, it gave you license to have,’ Abbott says.”
The explorations of “dark feelings” women aren’t supposed to have “as a girl” is delicious fertile ground to rake.
It takes #metoo, #TimesUp, and the battles modern women face and have fought into a world where we recreate the reality and the emotional world beyond what men have ruled.
Just beware of women in killer thriller fiction.
Where happily ever after is either a mirage or not on their radar.
An immediate world full of terrors.
Be careful where you tread.
Photos via HBO (“Sharp Objects), and Vulture (Megan Abbott).
UPDATE: Taylor’s Giveaway Has Ended ~ Winner Announced in the Comments
Comment at the bottom of this post. If you read the book or watched “Sharp Objects” on HBO, what did you think? Winner will be randomly chosen from comments received by midnight MT on September 9.
Taylor Marsh writes smart thrillers. Psychological thrillers found on the shelf with Megan Abbott, Rachel Hargrove… and Gillian Flynn. “The women I write about have to fight for what they want, sometimes against forceful odds. My fiction is a kinetic experience, an intense ride.”
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