Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Sharp Objects HBO Adaptation

Sharp Objects
Written by: Gillian Flynn
Adapted for HBO

I’m breaking away from my normal review post to talk (RAVE) about the book-to-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

This is one of my favorite books—of all time. This one kept me up at night reading, and then also kept me up at night because it was SCARY. I would categorize the book as mystery/thriller/fiction, and the fact that the story had me truly afraid to close my eyes was incredible.

When I first saw Amy Adams had been cast as Camille Preaker I was skeptical. Adams, in my mind, still existed as the actress from Enchanted and Leap Year. HOLY SHIT I was SO wrong. Amy Adams became Camille Preaker—scars and all. She embodied every description Flynn wrote about Camille, and now I couldn’t imagine a single other actress playing the part. She was otherworldly.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Review of Legacy by Kandi Steiner

by Kandi Steiner

Okay, let me just say that I literally binge read all four PSU books—and Black Number Four—in a row. So I have literally waited like four days to write my review because I probably could have written my own full length book on my thoughts after finishing!

I want to go back to college, and I want to apply to Palm South University.

I don’t know if there is a better way of expressing my extreme affection and for the characters in these books other than saying I want to jump into the pages and relive my college days right beside them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Complicated Masculinity of Rebecca Sharp in William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

          William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair has been dubbed a “principle founder”[1]in Victorian novels. The text propelled Thackeray into the writing spotlight, but there was something in the text—maybe even on the cover—that many readers were missing. Vanity Fair has a semi-famous subtitle: A Novel Without a Hero. As the novel gained notoriety critics began to latch on to that little subtitle, and from there an entire area of study emerged. People wanted to know if Vanity Fair was telling the truth about the complete lack of a hero. 
            The motherless Rebecca Sharp and passive Amelia Sedley meet at Miss Pinkerton’s academy, and they leave together to try and break into the social climbing life of Vanity Fair. It is clear from the beginning that Amelia has a general distaste for the values that she must embrace to survive in this world, and it is also clear that Becky embraces the values with open arms. The women both marry, but are greeted only by trouble. Both George and Rawdon, the respective husbands, are cut off from their families because of their marriages. Despite this fact, the two couples decide to try their hand and tough it out. Soon, both Amelia and Becky give birth to sons. 

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