September 4, 2018, Guest Blog, Pick Your Bestseller ~

Mysterious Woman Seated Alone at Restaurant Table

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.

Sharp Objects by Gillian FlynnFrom Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl to her latest HBO series, Sharp Objects, the plot revolves around women on the edge.

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.”

(source link: https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/07/sharp-objects-review-hbo/564524/)

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

 

Give Me Your Hand by Megan AbbottIn Abbott’s Hold My Hand, the torture is mind-altering PMS taken to extremes. What’s in the body overtakes the mind and leads to a specialized mania.

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.

All great stories revolve around relationships. Thrillers are no different.
Megan Abbott's Murderous Women

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.



About Taylor


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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69 thoughts on “Books to Movies: Sharp Objects

  1. Thank you, Taylor, for guest blogging. I love that women authors are making thriller fiction their own, taut and tense and full of issues the genre has never yet explored.

  2. I read Sharp Objects and I enjoyed it so much that I had my husband read it. I don’t read a lot of thrillers but I really like Gillian Flynn’s work.

  3. I haven’t read the book or seen the show, but it sounds extraordinary! With a great director on hand, it sounds like something I should watch (and read)!

  4. I haven’t watched the show but have read the book and it’s one of my favorite books by Gillian Flynn. Meh About is an amazing author who has the ability to keep you on the edge of your seat from the very first page.

  5. I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I’m a recent reader of the thriller genre. My sister has me hooked on these books now, and we both love the suspense.

  6. I haven’t read or watched but I love that more women are writing thrillers also I love Catherine Coulter and several others thank you so much for the opportunity and your generosity

  7. I have not read any books of that genre because in my area and lifetime we have too many murders. I prefer to read stories that help me to relax and/or laugh. Sorry!

  8. I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn‘s books. Love her! Sharp Objects was the only one that I guessed the ending on within the first few chapters and was right, but I still definitely enjoyed the story and how it unraveled. I don’t have HBO so I’m waiting as patiently as I can to watch the show once it comes out on DVD! I do love Amy Adams and I heard that the ending is very different, so I am excited to see it.

  9. Love to read thrillers! Nothing better than reading about badass women written by badass authors. My hat’s off to you! Thanks for keeping me turning the pages!!

  10. I watched “Sharp Objects’ on HBO, and read the book by Gillian Flynn. But if you want unpredictable mysteries, I suggest the HBO Sharon Stone mini-series, “Mosaic”. It’s much better!

  11. I watched the Sharp Objects series and I thought it was fascinating. I, also, read the reviews after most of the episodes and that helped me interpret what I was seeing.

  12. i have not read the book or seen it on hbo, i do not get hbo. i like thrillers but not scary thrillers. chicken at heart here. glad to see more women competing with men in this field though.

  13. I tried reading Sharp Objects, but I just couldn’t get into it. I read the first few chapters and found myself bored. Plus, I wasn’t a fan of the whole masturbation thing that was mentioned in the beginning of the book, but I’m not a big fan of sex in books. I do have the series on to record on HBO, but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.

    1. It was one sentence and that was a “whole masturbation thing”? Wow! If I let a little thing like that keep me from reading a bestseller, then I wouldn’t have made it through a lot of great works! One sentence…four words!

      1. The winner is…

        Teresa Fronek. Congratulations.

        Please contact me at my email address: taylor at taylormarsh dot com.

        You have a $20 Amazon gift card coming your way.

        Thanks to everyone for playing. It was a privilege and my pleasure to read your comments.

  14. I have not read Sharp Objects yet, and I am not sure that I will as I am not a fan of this type of thriller. I also do not get HBO, so have not seen it. Good review, tho.

  15. I watched the HBO series, and I’m very excited the drama will continue! I would really love to read this book, especially because “the book” is always better than movie!

  16. I read all of Ms. Flynn’s work along with Ms. Abbott’s and it’s a trend I’m seeing all over. I just listened to an audiobook I won, The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and as her debut, I was impressed. Because rather than a “friend”, office worker or neighbor going after the heroine, it was the Mother in Law! It makes you wonder if there are women out there with many faces, ready to do you in! Terrifying? Yes, because we’ve all been in a spot where some other girl has been jealous or just a bit odd. They’re stories that could truly happen, as the monster is disguised as a real person.

  17. I haven’t been reading any thriller type books, but this sounds interesting. I haven’t subscribed to HBO so I don’t watch the show. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win!

  18. I read Gone Girl by Flynn and while I am still not sure if I liked it, I am still thinking about it and talking about it years later. That puts it on my Very Good, Indeed list. Sharp Objects has been on my to-read list for a while, but I think I need to be in the right headspace for it!

  19. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading or watching Sharp Objects but I have heard great things about the book and the series!! Both are definitely on my to watch and TBR list! Can’t wait! Thrillers are my favorite ❤️📚

  20. Unfortunately I have not yet read the book or watched Sharp Objects. It sounds fascinating. Since I loved Gone Girl, I definitely will be adding Sharp Objects to my tbr list.

  21. I have Sharp Objects sitting in the pile if books on my night stand. It’s on my TBR for this month actually. And I got it in such a cool way; I went to the Dr’s for what we all thought was strep throat (it was just a bad virus though) and my Dr just gave me the book because he had two copies and wanted to pass one along to someone who might be interested in in. I’m really excited to read it! I want to make sure all the sickness germs die off it first though 😄

  22. I saw ‘Sharp Objects’ on HBO, and it was fantastic. A real edge of your seat thriller with lots of great action scenes. Loved it!😁

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