Female rage is at the forefront of Gillian Flynn’s novels. Her memorable female protagonists, including Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) and Camille Preaker (Sharp Objects), exemplify the complexities of emotion and behavior as well as how female anger is oppressed by societal gender rules. Through her complex protagonists, Flynn hopes to open the floor about female anger and cease ignoring and minimizing it.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, In Flynn expressed her views towards female anger, why we ignore it, and why we need to let women voice their frustrations.
“I think there’s a deep societal fear of female rage, partly because it hasn’t been experienced a lot,” Flynn toldVanity Fair. “Men—I speak in vast generalities—are often very afraid of what they don’t know how to handle. And they haven’t had to handle female rage a lot, and they think they need to handle it.”
Amy Adams as Camille Preaker in Sharp Objects (2018) | HBO
Flynn also discussed female anger, or lack thereof in regards to the #MeToo movement, a phenomenon which has heavily exposed the gross sexual harassment many women have experienced. According to Flynn, though the movement would be as an appropriate time as ever to voice female anger, many females have been urged to react differently.
But I’ll tell you what concerns me: there’s a lot of shushing going on. I keep doing these panel discussions where I hear women advising that we shouldn’t be angry, that we shouldn’t be approaching this [#MeToo moment] with anger, that we should embrace this moment with care and gentleness. And I think that’s insane.
“There’s a huge place for anger right now—particularly for the many, many women who’ve been violated—and this is a time to be angry. Let’s be very angry. Constructive anger is a very useful tool, and is a very important thing to express.”
HBO released a new trailer for it’s new show Sharp Objects based off the 2006 novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.
The shows stars Amy Adams as Camille, a crime reporter who after a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital must return to her small hometown in Missouri to cover the murder of two preteen girls. However, when forced to reconnect with her mother Adora played by Patricia Clarkson, Camille must confront her past psychological demons to get her story. Unfortunately, in her effort to uncover the truth she runs into an extremely dangerous situation.
The limited series was developed by Marti Nixon (UnREAL, Dietland), produced Jason Blum (Get Out) and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Big Little Lies,Wild). The series contains eight episodes and will premiere Sunday, July 8th at 9 p.m. on HBO.
The list was presented by the Hay Festival in recognition of its annual literary and arts celebration which honors the female writers whose written works published from 1918 deserve recognition and celebration.
The top 100 book titles were chosen by passionate readers who cast their votes over the course of three months by responsind to the hashtag #vote100books.
Rowling’s name appeared next to literary icons including Agatha Christie, Anne Frank, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, and Margaret Mitchell. Modern literary phenomenon’s were also named including Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Americanah).
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While the list was comprised of many popular fiction titles, it also included many influential non-fiction works including Betty Friedan’s iconic feminist work, The Feminine Mystique. Friedan’s work proved to be an eye-opening experience for many female readers when it was released in 1963 and is largely credited with inspiring the second-wave feminism movement.
The impact that Friedan and the other incredible female writers have made will be celebrated worldwide, starting at a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on May 28. The festival officially kicked off on May 25 in Wales and will be also take place in Mexico, Spain, Peru, the UK, Colombia, and Denmark throughout the year.
Festival director Peter Florence reflected on the significance of these influential titles and the writers who penned them.
“There are books here that have changed lives, and changed the world,” he said. “The list is an extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and stories. And a testament to the wisdom of crowds.”
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!
Let me be the first to admit it: reading isn’t always a walk in the park.
In theory, reading is an absolute joy. It’s relaxing, there is all the time in the world to immerse yourself in a story, you can always find a comfy quiet place to read, etc. In reality, just no. No to everything.
I don’t always have the time to read, and when I do, it’s often impossible to find that perfect zen reading spot. Throw in a little social media, caffeine-induced anxiety, and procrastination and you get a seriously guilty bookworm who hasn’t finished a book in…a while.
If you’re like me and find it hard sometimes to focus and finish a book (all the while being totally able to remember every page you just read), then the good news is we don’t have to suffer. While some books are so slow-paced, intricate, and long that it’s impossible to finish them when you’re not quite focused, other books are far easier.
From containing less pages to being packed with action (or all the feels), here are seven books that even readers with short attention spans won’t be able to put down.
This story is so good and gripping that you literally will not want to put it down. Seriously. Buy it, check it out from the library, do whatever you need to do to get your hands on this incredible book.
A story of sexual awakening, suppression, and embrace, Call Me By Your Name explores the romance between young Elio and older Oliver during a heated summer on an Italian villa.
I read this powerful book in an afternoon. Literally, one afternoon. Short, sweet, and artfully eloquent, Adichie articulates her views on gender issues in a passionate and gripping manner.
Turning her popular TEDx talk into a gripping essay, Adicihie explores the defining boundaries of feminism and gender issues in relation to culture and politics. Her words will inspire confidence and pride (and chills) in many readers.
Don’t let the page count fool you, Dark Places is a straightforward read in which the gripping and thrilling narrative will have you flipping the pages so fast you won’t even notice you’ve read most of the book.
Libby’s family was brutally murdered in a suspected satanic ritual when she was only seven. Though she miraculously survived, she lost her only other living family member when she testified that he, her fifteen-year-old older brother, was the murderer behind her family members deaths. Twenty-five-years later, new facts and conspiracies come to light shining a new perspective on that horrifying memory.
Between the eerily relatable sarcastic narrator to the dramatic and seriously messed up issues that she faces, the humor, shock, and anger that Sharma delivers will have you flipping the pages until you reach the very end.
Maya is a young woman who, like many of us, has some serious issues to work through. One happens to be a very serious addiction to heroin. Another, her complex relationship with her boyfriend which will have you struggling with who to empathize with more. Dark, hilarious, and an absolute thrill-ride, Problems is a read you won’t take your eyes off of.
His language will puzzle you. His characters will intrigue you. The ending may absolutely piss you off.
Iain Reid brings readers through an absolute WTF cycle of feels with his artistic exploration of the human psyche. From questioning the conscious (and unconscious) thoughts and emotions one experiences, to relationships, to fears, this story will utterly captivate your eye.
Reflecting the short amount of time it will take for you to devour this gripping tale, Isherwood’s A Single Man takes place over a mere twenty-four hours. This rare and unique stylistic choice invites readers to voyage on the incredibly emotional experience of a man coming to grips with the tragic death of his partner.
Death isn’t a subject that writers shy away from, yet what makes the exploration of death unique in A Single Man is the utter intensity in which Isherwood portrays the harrowing steps that follows. Over the course of one day, readers are invited to witness the narrator’s everyday trials and tribulations that are somehow ordinary yet distorted in the wake of the colossal life-changing event that he is dealing with.
From his sensory details putting paint to the feelings and thoughts we often can’t describe, to the striking romantic tether tightened between his characters, Mohsin Hamid delivers a truly unique read.
In the midst of absolute chaos and the pebbles of destruction, a kid of beauty emerges in the romance between two characters. Finding a new light amongst an environment darkened by the decay of civilization caused by war, the pair attempts to find a path away from it all, with one another.