Following the smashing success of both the novel and the HBO adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, she’s ready to release her next sure to be best-selling thriller Nine Perfect Strangers.
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Moriarty’s newest novel asks readers the question, “Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever?” With this newest novel, we’re about to find out. The book is set to be released November 6 of this year, making this fall an exciting season for book releases.
When HBO announced that their adaptation of Sharp Objectswould be directed by Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée, fans and critics alike began drawing similarities. Actress Sydney Sweeney is setting the record straight, telling audiences that Sharp Objects will be way more dark and twisty than Big Little Lies.
Written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects delves into the dark past of Camille Preaker, played by Amy Adams, a reporter who returns home to investigate the murders of two young girls and is met with her past demons.
Sweeney also spoke about her role as Alice, a hospitalized patient at a psychiatric ward who bonds with Camille over their shared struggles.
Alice cuts herself so that’s where Amy’s character and my character start to bond over the shared experience. She becomes very close to Camille and they form a mother/daughter/sister type relationship, and it affects Camille’s character very strongly… I can’t say positively or negatively… Or much more than that.
HBO’s eight-part adaptation will premiere in July 2018. See what you can expect by watching the teaser trailer below!
Following the success of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, fans were left wanting and waiting for a season two. The show ends accordingly to where the book ended, but like with many other shows, *ahem* Game of Thrones, this show will be one of the many that have outgrown their original source material.
13 Reasons Why
Jay Asher’s 13 Reasons Why was a stand-alone novel. He never wrote any sequels and there is no news of any in the works. As great as the first season may have been, I don’t think there should be a second season. Much like the writers of Game of Thrones, the writers of the second season of 13 Reasons Why will now have to go off of the source content and create original plots and storylines as Asher has absolutely no involvement in season 2.
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By the end of the book, Hannah’s story is over and Clay got the closure he needed. There really is no need to see past that. The premise of season two surrounds closure and follows plot lines of characters other than Clay and Hannah, which were started in the first season along with the courtroom drama that Hannah’s suicide creates. Any continuing stories surrounding the characters would diminish the entire point of telling Hannah’s story in the first place.
The aim of the first, and what should have been the only, season of 13 Reasons Why was to have the characters learn from death and specifically Hannah’s death and how they impacted her life. With a second season, that point is erased entirely. Creating a second season out of source material that has run dry is responding to viewer demand and not inspiration. When shows are continued for those reasons, concepts and storylines can be dry and feel forced.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Talehas been adapted for film and television numerous times, but Hulu’s most recent adaptation has been the most successful of them all. While almost scarily relevant to the current climate, the adaptation follows the same themes, characters, and storylines of the 1985 novel while updating them to fit more modern times.
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Much like 13 Reasons Why and its message, The Handmaid’s Tale could be undermined and lost in building new stories off what little source material there is that hasn’t been used in the first season. The season one finale, “Night”, ended at about the same place as where the novel ended, a cliffhanger for both. For me, the ending of the novel was satisfying as readers were left to their own devices and could decide if Offred/June was headed to her death or was able to escape through the van. Her future was left up to the reader to decide.
Season 2, with not much source material left to draw from, will have to be original by necessity. Unlike Asher for season 2 of 13 Reasons Why, Atwood herself does have a role in production as “consulting producer.” While the first season may have brought monumental success to Hulu, continuing The Handmaid’s Tale could be disastrous to the source material, ripping every aspect of it to shreds looking for new plot points to adapt. While viewers may eagerly hope that June/Offred finds asylum or somehow rises above Gilead, that ending would be a disservice the original novel.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies was originally produced as a mini-series and should’ve stayed as just that. While stars of the show, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman openly supported the idea of creating a second season, director Jean-Marc Vallée opposed it.
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The mini-series perfectly encompassed the novel and all it had to offer, including the oh so satisfying ending. Much like The Handmaid’s Tale novel, Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies left readers wanting more without getting more—that’s what makes these stories so impactful.
Much like the issues with 13 Reasons Why and The Handmaid’s Tale, as long as the show has views, it will continue. Shows with high viewership will continue until they stop making money, not necessarily when the story ends.
The source content of the novel has enough mystery left at the end to spur additional storylines and plot points, but that would ruin the novelty of letting the reader decide what happens after the last page has been turned.
When one door closes another door opens. In this case, when one show ends another begins, and they’re both pretty awesome. We all know Game of Thrones is on its last season and although that’s a drag, Big Little Lies is just beginning. HBO execs have nothing but good news for these adaptations.
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Francesca Orsi, HBO’s SVP of drama, spoke to Varietyabout her experience at one of the last Game of Thrones table reads.
“It was a really powerful moment in our lives and our careers… None of the cast had received the scripts prior, and one by one they started falling down to their deaths… It was amazing. By the very end, everyone looked down and looked up and tears were in their eyes.”
Orsi described the experience as a “dream opportunity” that left everyone applauding for 20 minutes. We can only assume that these episodes are going to be damn good; 2019 cannot come soon enough.
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Alas, the tragic ending of Game of Thrones will soon give way to a new beginning. The rest of the executives who took part in the “Best of HBO” panel couldn’t keep their lips sealed about Big Little Lies. “We feel really confident we have to more to do and say, and there’s passion on the part of the cast,” explained Orsi. “The scripts are as good, if not better, than last season.”
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As much anticipation Big Little Lies is creating, there are some issues that follow. The panel touched on jumping into the second season and the star-studded cast renegotiated their salaries. There was even some talk about their biggest competition: Netflix. “They’re in the volume business, we’re in the curation business,” said programming president Casey Bloys.
HBO has had a long running hit with the adaptation series of Game of Thrones and so far Big Little Lies is following suit. If the big wigs are saying these final and second seasons are going to be good, then they’re going to be great.
Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies may not have a sequel, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from going forward with a second season of their widely-lauded adaptation of the novel. HBO has just confirmed more actors returning for the second season, including Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley, and Zoë Kravitz. This new batch of returning cast members join the previously announced Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and, new to the cast, Meryl Streep.
The second season will pick up where the first left off, meaning—spoilers—Perry’s death will presumably cast a pretty huge shadow. As all of the conspirators do their best to adjust to the new reality they live in, their lives are further complicated by the arrival of Perry’s mother, played by Streep.
Though Moriarty didn’t write a sequel to Big Little Lies, she did come up with the story for the show’s second season. David E. Kelly, who wrote and executive produced the first season, is doing the same this time around. The director of the first season, Jean-Marc Vallée, won’t be returning to the director’s chair, as he’s currently occupied directing a series based on Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects for HBO, which is due out this summer. Andrea Arnold will be taking over for Vallée, helming each episode of the second season.
Laura Dern scored an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance as Renata Klein in the first season. The series was a critical favorite, having scooped up a ton of Golden Globe and Emmy nods, and winning several. Though Roxane Gay referred to the adaptation as “the Dry Ass TV Adaptation With Bad Music” I disagree with her opinion and would submit that the music is good. In any case, fans should be excited and haters should, I guess, give as few cares as they like.