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  1. S01.E08: Milk

    After cooling down a bit, I will admit it won't make me angry if Adams and Clarkson and even that younger actress win awards. I will be angry if the director does. It's not their fault he landed on his ass with that ending. Female rage is one thing, but I already knew little girls were violent. I was a little girl. So what did I learn from this tale of rage and victims and violence? Violence begets violence? I need some hope in my endings and the book gave me that without it being unrealistically upbeat. This ending was just a horror beat to satisfy the director's desire for a flashy last line. I double checked too. There were 17 executive producers and 7 of them were women (a better ratio than most shows). Most of the eps were written by women (three by men). But given there was one director and he was also an executive producer and an editor, to me the power structure on this show falls more to him. He controlled the filming and the pacing, the two things I think most of us complained about. I think he went for the "cute" ending and not the mature one that fully respected Camille's character arc.
  2. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    Yep, here's the ghost writer. I suspect he's put his kids through college on this work. And maybe bought a house or two! VC Andrews died in 1986 at the age of 63. So she wrote her novels quite late. She was Grandma age, not Cathy age. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Neiderman
  3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    Given every VC Andrews novel other than the original three and My Sweet Audrina were written by a man allegedly using her outlines, I can see why. I read them as a tween and they had sex and evil parents. That's why. And the evil was believable. Cutting off Cathy's hair, poison, Cathy getting her feet stomped on, Cathy surviving domestic abuse, and finally always having a loyal lover waiting. They're awful really but teens love drama. My Sweet Audrina is flat out sick. In every way. But the situation is so extreme I always kept making Audrina tougher in my mind. More triumphant. I loved Gone Girl the film. Affleck was perfect and Rosamund Pike made a great cool blonde. I think I started the book but never finished. I didn't find the writing in SO to be especially masculine or harsh. Camille as narrator is fairly dry and observational. I liked it for a short novel. But if I want a popular fiction feminist I will go to Gabrielle Zevin or even Lisa See. They tell female centered stories all the time.
  4. S01.E08: Milk

    You make an excellent case. Had the show been billed as a horror show I wouldn't have watched. And what a depressing horror show too. It is more Psycho than Stephen King. But I guess it hits all the horror tropes. Creepy mansion, blood, mutilation, being hunted in the woods, ghosts, nowhere is safe. But with none of the fun other than the Calhoun Day ep. Horror doesn't usually depress me. I am glad the show is over.
  5. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    I would agree. I enjoyed reading Sharper Objects. I guess my issue is with trying to make it something bigger than a modern, grittier VC Andrews. Actually, I wouldn't mind seeing Flynn re-work My Sweet Audrina for television (my favorite VC Andrews book as a tween). It's when authors try to inflate their importance and cultural impact that drives me nuts. I don't like it when men do it either. Stephen King never does. Dave Eggars is the worst. It's okay to be smart about your work. You don't need to dumb yourself down in an interview. If you are smart, you're smart. But she's not Flannery O'Connor. Not yet at any rate. Maybe she will be someday.
  6. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    I personally think only the Calhoun Day ep balanced all the elements and characters and tone perfectly. All the lead characters were operating at their best. I think HBO wanted another Big Little Lies. A show about female agency. And I guess this fits too. But Flynn at best modernized VC Andrews (oh crap....Andrews has a murderous child too in the last book! A boy). Except Camille is rescued by a father figure. I mean I guess she chooses to be poisoned. Is that agency? But we never are allowed to understand Amma's thinking. We never meet the dead girls before they die. Marion gets some lines but other than seemingly loving her sister what is she thinking? No we get flashcuts of their murders. We get slasher horror instead of insight. TV audiences don't get to know Anne took a chunk out of Amma's arm. That Anne had teeth and fight. We are told and never shown.
  7. S01.E08: Milk

    Would "not rewarded" sound better? :^). But you know what, yeah, I take television seriously. I gave them 8 hours of my life. I read her book. I was willing to go along for the ride. I accepted the micro-second flashbacks. So I don't think it is too much to ask for a reasonably filmed ending. I think they made a massive artistic error. Endings matter.
  8. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    I just noticed too that the police on the show are vastly less competent than in the book. Richard solves the poisoning case really. On the show her damn editor has to save the day (and I'm glad he does because he really is lovely). Richard and the Sheriff prove to be useless. So frustrating.
  9. S01.E08: Milk

    Also putting in spoilers just in case book talk is not allowed yet:
  10. S01.E08: Milk

    In the book (can we mention the book now?) Spoiler tags if not.
  11. S01.E08: Milk

    Everything you said! Everything.
  12. S01.E08: Milk

    Agreed. He was great in his one scene. So good I think he shook Richard's belief in the case. And that scene was well-written. He's smart and thinking on his feet. He doesn't assume he understands Ashley's motivations but has empathy for her. I look forward to his future work.
  13. S01.E08: Milk

    I am impressed you all aren't furious. I did read the book and this ending was wretched. It was a horror movie ending and not a character study ending or a mystery ending. And I think the writer and producers should be punished and not get any awards. And I kind of hope Amy Adams doesn't now either. I find this sort of ending completely insulting. I don't need to be spoon fed all the details, but showing the last three murders in the end credits was lazy. I get that the writer and director are too arty to have a straight ending, but this ...oh boy. My hope is other film-makers avoid this sort of ending. Just the worst. I cannot wait to badmouth this entire series. I am feeling that spiteful.
  14. S01.E08: Milk

    She admitted as such in one of the one minutes specials about the adaptation. The book does explain things. Get it from the library and read the epilogue. It will explain the murders. But please get it from a library or a friend. Don't buy it. Flynn doesn't deserve your money.
  15. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

    If I were a non-book reader I'd be really angry right now. And I'm actually quite angry they went for the horror ending and not the healing ending (jerks). That was a crap way to end a murder mystery. At least the book made a nod towards explaining the logistics of the murders. What jerks. Seriously. This was absolutely the worst way they could have gone. I saw there were 20 minutes after the hospital scene and thought wow, they can really can wrap this up. Or that they would skip St. Louis and just out Amma at home and then have 5-10 minutes to explain the murders. But no. Assholes. Sorry. But I think I'm done with Marti Noxon and Gillian Flynn and this particular director.