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Is SHARP OBJECTS Accurately Portraying MENTAL ILLNESS?

February 23, 2020


So today we’re gonna be talking about
Sharp Objects, the book and the HBO series that I’m so excited for. So a few
years ago, I picked up this book at Barnes & Noble. I had no idea what it was
but obviously it has to do with self-harm. Sharp Objects is a show that aired on
HBO on July 8th. We’re three episodes in. There’s two more I believe but I can’t
wait. I have to talk about it because it’s everything. If you don’t know, the
author of Sharp Objects also wrote Gone Girl and Dark Spaces,. Two very amazing
pieces of art. Sharp Objects was the first book that I have a read by Gillian Flynn
and it’s the one that’s closest to my heart because it’s about self-harm. In
short, this book is about a girl named Camille who was a journalist. Her boss
finds out that there are mysterious murders happening in her hometown. He
wants her to go back and write about these murders. Camille has a lot on her
plate. She really doesn’t want to go back because she has a lot of dark memories in
her hometown. She does not have a good relationship with their mother or her
family and when she goes back to this hometown to do her journalism a lot of
really hard things come up for her. So I watched the first episode with my fiance.
He actually told me that this was a thing on HBO because he loves HBO. He had
no idea what it was about so I was like okay I’m gonna watch it with you. If you
don’t know that Camille self-harms you think that her
coping skill to deal with all of this hard stuff in her life is alcohol. You
see Camille drink all the time. So if you didn’t read the book and you don’t
really know what it’s really about you’d you would think that she copes with her
bad emotions through drinking. If you have read the book you know that she’s a
self-harmer so you notice that she’s wearing long sleeves. She’s always wearing jeans
and sweaters and long sleeves and a person who hasn’t read the book or understand
any of that wouldn’t know that she does self-harm and you don’t know until the very
last second of the first episode that she is a self harmer because she takes off all her clothes in the bathtub and it shows all of her scars. When my fiancee
realized that this was about self harm it opened a really positive conversation
about it. And that’s what I really love about this series is yes it is very, very,
graphic. It has to do with murder, and self- harm and just really dark things but it
opens up a conversation about self-harm. You would think if a television show is
talking about self-harm they would be doing it negatively but this show I
find is very not positive but realistic of self-harm recovery. It shows that
recovery is a process and it takes time. The author has really good quote that I
liked, I found on a website, and she says That’s part of recovery and I really
like that the author talks about that. Another part of this show is Camille’s
mother and how troubled that relationship between that character and
her mother is. One of the things that I really liked how the show portrays this
is Camille’s mother always is so negative with her. She tells other people
that Camille is broken and not fixable and dangerous even. This is stigma in the
show. This is so real for so many people. When a family member finds out that
someone is self harming or when your friend finds out that you’re self
harming they treat you differently. They treat like you’re dangerous. They treat
you like you cannot cope with life. They treat you differently and I like how
this show shows that. Another part of the show that I really enjoyed was when
they’re in the kitchen cutting apples for this one scene and Camille goes for
a knife to cut apples her mother takes away the knife. Not like pulling it but
just gradually takes it away from her. Kind of knowing like I can’t trust you
with that. I just I love how realistic this show is. This show shows that people
with mental health conditions are treated differently. If you in any way have
suffered with self-harm this show is extremely graphic and
extremely triggering but I think it brings up a really good conversation
about self-harm. It shows what it actually is and it is one of the most
accurate representations that I’ve seen and when I read this book I felt so
understood. I liked the book more than the show. I’m not gonna say that it’s
helped me but it’s really helped me open the conversation up with other people
and I like this quote that I found from the author where it says all
I’m saying is I really like Sharp Objects. It really opens the conversation
about mental health, self-harm, and recovery and if you want to share this
book with someone, read it, watch the show it has the LikeKristen stamp of
approval. So far mental health professionals have not said anything
negative about Sharp Objects, unlike other shows that have happened this year
that have awful representation. Non-suicidal self-injury like cutting,
burning, hitting yourself, all of that stuff, does not have a lot of
representation in media and to have something like this to open up the
conversation I think is amazing. Have you read Sharp Objects? Have you watched the
show? What is your opinion? Are you as excited about this as I am? Do you not
like the show? Do you think it’s not accurate? I would love to have a
conversation down below. again my name is Kristen. I mental health videos
every single week. subscribe for more. I love you guys please stay safe and I’ll
see you guys next time

41 Comments

  • Reply Breanna July 27, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    First

  • Reply whotfuthink July 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve read that book it’s good

  • Reply Paige Dougherty July 27, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    ur amazing! when my best friend found out I self harm she would just look at my arms and randomly out of the blue go im checking you. and my parents wouldn't let me have scissors pencils or even pens. my best friend still thinks I cut because I wanted to die.

  • Reply Jaelynn B July 27, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Fourth

  • Reply Monique heart's Laugh July 27, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Bish I’ve never been this early 😯

  • Reply Ava Porto July 27, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Hi kristen! I love your channel and it has helped me so much. I like how you went off of a book. Love u!

  • Reply Iva Cartagena July 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I really want that book♥️♥️ my mom probably wouldn't want me to tho…

  • Reply Liam O Donovan July 27, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    It's great to see self injury fiannily been shown in an accurate way descriptive way I would love to read the book love you so much Kristin

  • Reply Evan Kaspbrak July 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I hated 13 reasons why, can I ask what the difference is between this show and that and why this show is better? Just curious

  • Reply Angelina Grosenick July 27, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Great input! ❤️❤️❤️
    Adding this book to my TBR list!

  • Reply Isabella Sumner July 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    You are amazing

  • Reply pom_pom321 moonstone July 27, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    is it in Netflix is the real question tho

  • Reply Tanisha Shriyan July 27, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    sharp objects seems WAAYYYYY better than 13 reasons why. gotta watch sharp objects now. I read gone girl, but i'll read this book aswell. i REALLY have a good feeling about this book. according to this video it is so accurate.

  • Reply Normal Life ? July 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Just stumbled on your channel it's great 👍

  • Reply Oof July 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Yesss! I've been looking for good representation. I always see representation with things like alcohol, drug abuse, and anxiety (which is good) but never self-harm. Makes me feel alone and misunderstood. Thanks for this video!

  • Reply Laura Gadille July 27, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    It's not just self harm that is treated differently but myself with mental illnesses I've been treated different. I'm not my mental illness I'm Laura.

  • Reply Kaylee Hawkins July 27, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I really want to read the book now.

  • Reply Alec July 27, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    I'm really interested and hopeful to read it, but i'm worried if it has allusions to/scenes of sexual abuse? Does it? Either the show or the book?

  • Reply deborahtaylor14 July 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my I just got this book today!!!

  • Reply Mareich July 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Is the book as triggering as the show? I'm really interested in reading it but afraid of getting triggered 😅

  • Reply Sarah Kinger July 27, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Is the book less graphic/ triggering than the showm

  • Reply Zoé Iglesias Velasco July 27, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Hey girl! First off, I’m so glad you’re back, your videos have helped a lot. Almost a year ago I was diagnosed with BPD and I showed your video to my Mum and it helped her a lot to understand. Anyways, about Sharp Objects I’ve on the fence whether to read it or not because of the triggering, I guess I could try the series. Thanks for this video. Btw, what to you think about the second season of 13 Reasons Why? I thought it was much better and the storyline about Sky’s bipolar was well treated. Also, have you seen Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? I’m so in love with that series and its reviews, it depicts in a very organic way the reality about living with BPD. I would love you to make a video about it!

  • Reply Strawberry ShortKate July 28, 2018 at 12:40 am

    I love this book! ❤️

  • Reply The Legend of Tori July 28, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Theres a book that I've read a few times called "Scars" by Cheryl Reinfield (I hope I spelled it right, its been a while lol). I loved it and I recommend it, although i can be very triggering if you're not ready.

  • Reply River July 28, 2018 at 2:44 am

    I want to read it, but I'm worried it'll be too much for me since I'm just starting my self harm recovery

  • Reply A Clockwork Mango July 28, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Absolutely amazing video and great book. thank you for this!

  • Reply sOMeBoDy important July 28, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Does this have an audiobook?

  • Reply hazel July 28, 2018 at 6:32 am

    2 weeks ago, I relapsed and didn't told my mom because I don't wanna bother her (she's an amazing mother) (my friend found out today that I'm cutting) and today she told me that she's two months pregnant and I'm sooo excited that I've decided to leave everything for my baby sibling and be a role model. Pray for me!!

  • Reply Jana July 28, 2018 at 7:25 am

    I loved the book when I read it about 5 years ago. And when I found out that there's going to be a TV show, I was really excited. Yes, the show is triggering but oh my god I love it.

  • Reply Mundo Mango July 29, 2018 at 6:15 am

    I think they should read it with a BIG WARNING of triggers

  • Reply Emko Hacko July 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    I'm glad that you make a video about Sharp objects! I never heard about it, so you motivated me to take a look at it. I personally have a few friends that would appreciate a book like this… Thanks! Love your videos!

  • Reply Lydia Holland July 31, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Would this book be triggering for someone in recovery from self harm? I want to read it but I want to be cautious

  • Reply Rhiannon Carlson August 2, 2018 at 6:14 am

    I want to watch this show so much. And i love my best friend she didint treat me any different when i told her i cut she just helps me

  • Reply JackDoesStuff August 2, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    A year and a half clean right now hehe, love your videos Kristen, would you ever do a video on psychiatric hospital and your opinions on it?, take care x

  • Reply Leroy Yeeted meat August 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I just.. I feel the need to tell someone this. Yes I know I comment a lot.

    So, all my friends have tried self harm. And one stopped, and one "Kept going" She says she cuts.. But.. I went swimming with her, and there was nothing. She said she cut on her ankles and wrist. I know she could've been careful, but we were comparing the skin tone of our wrists. NOTHING. No marks. No scabs. And she is very pale so stuff should show for longer. And this was about.. A week? after she did it. I've done it sooo shallow but it still takes months. And she always wears shorts, flip flops, and short sleeves, sometimes crop tops.

    And it bothers me. She is that tumblr type girl that says she has this and that, and is this sexuality, and this gender when she won't go near a girls lips. I could see her saying it for attention. And I struggle with self harm, I just had an urge right before I started writing this, and I am trying to stop so badly. It just pisses me off she'd do that. I know she hasn't cut. Cuts, no matter how shallow, leaves scabs, then marks, then, if they were very shallow, they heal nicely, if not, there will always be scars. Any advice?

    Bye, thank you for reading. c(. _ .c)

  • Reply Lily p August 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Would you recommend watching the show if you still struggle with self harm currently?

  • Reply Alex Swan October 7, 2018 at 9:15 am

    The Fix episode and chapter if the book was super powerful! love this book, show, and you!

  • Reply Andrea O. October 9, 2018 at 6:41 am

    As someone who cut daily every day from 2012-2015, I was just cringing so hard when watching sharp objects. My friend who only read the book said I'd love it, maybe he is right if I had just read it instead, but after we both watched it all for the first time I just got so annoyed by the gal, it wasn't upsetting at all but I was just mad that they had such a brilliant idea but the visuals are meh. It's not the writing at all, I love how realistic the storytelling is, it's the visualization of all of it that they did strangely. I also don't know if the actress herself has scars, but I'd find it much more embracing and supportive to hire an actor with real scars. In Hollywood they're kicking you the hell out if you're covered in scars. You've seen the drama they've made around Demi Lovato, it's not pretty, she's pretty much cancelled these past years. They've made a huge step by making this series, but I'd still like to see them actually giving an actor with scarring a real chance. I don't find it as extreme as the case of hiring cis women to play trans women, because it's a horrible idea to encourage self harm in connection to acting carers. But I think you get what I mean in regards to this role. Yeah it may have been triggering for more people if the actress had real scars, but if they're going to be real go all the way.

  • Reply Yuki_ Hyde14 November 30, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Huh, I should read the book. Maybe it can help me? Maybe it can help me stop hurting myself, well at least physically. I'm not so sure I can stop hurting myself mentally, Haha… I'll see myself out now, bye…

  • Reply First Name January 4, 2020 at 3:07 am

    Hi. The other book is "Dark Places", not "Dark Spaces". Just a correction, nothing I'm mad about. Really love your videos! Keep going 🙂

  • Reply we must feed him gravel or he becomes angry January 20, 2020 at 1:16 am

    FLASHING LIGHTS WARNING

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