What is the Controversy Behind “Where the Crawdads Sing”?

Where the Crawdads Sing was recently released to theaters, but many people don’t know about the dark controversy surrounding the author of the original novel that the film adapted. “Where the Crawdads Sing” is directed by Olivia Newman and is a faithful adaptation with small changes to the novel written by Delia Owens in 2018.

Some have speculated that one of 2022’s most anticipated thrillers will also be one of the year’s most divisive films. This past weekend, Where the Crawdads Sing was suddenly added to Netflix‘s selection of films. Right now, it’s Netflix’s most-watched movie in the United States, so it’s clearly doing well for the company.

Kya Clark a made-up character is at the center of Where the Crawdads Sings the book and film adaptations of which you should watch or read. The Crawdads’ Habitat American author Delia Owens published her coming-of-age/murder-mystery novel Sing in 2018. The narrative shifts back and forth between two parallel timelines that gradually merge.

Kya, a young girl has an extraordinary life despite spending her formative years alone in the North Carolina marshes as chronicled in the first timeline. In the second timeline, a famous resident of Barkley Cove, North Carolina is found dead and the police investigate the case as a possible murder.

What is the Controversy Behind “Where the Crawdads Sing”?

What is the Controversy Behind Where the Crawdads Sing?
What is the Controversy Behind Where the Crawdads Sing?

Delia Owens’ 2018 novel involves alleged real-life ties to unsolved murders and questionable racial politics. The protagonist Kya is a North Carolina native who grows up practically alone preferring the company of animals over human beings.

There have been comparisons drawn between Owens’ time in Zambia where she her then-husband and his son are still wanted for questioning in the killing of a poacher caught on film in a 1996 ABC News report and Kya’s life and the novel’s narrative choices including its attitude towards its Black characters. Although Owens is not a suspect, he could be a useful witness.

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In 2018, Delia Owens’ novel “Where the Crawdads Sing” became a bestseller thanks to its simple plot that attempted to harken back to the central court case of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The novel caught the attention of mega-producer Reese Witherspoon who bought the rights to adapt the novel under her Hello Sunshine production banner.

Kya Clark called “Marsh Girl” by her neighbors is the protagonist of “Where the Crawdads Sing”. Daisy Edgar-Jones plays the apparently wrongfully accused Kya in Sony’s upcoming July 15 release directed by “First Match” helmer Olivia Newman and written by “Beasts of the Southern Wild” co-writer Lucy Alibar. It also stars David Strathairn, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson and Ahna O’Reilly.

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Is Delia Owens Linked to the 1995 Death of an African Poacher?

Delia Owens
Delia Owens

Delia Owens, a published author has been linked to her estranged husband, Mark Owens in a murder case that dates back 27 years. The couple was profiled on the March 30, 1996 episode of “Turning Point”. The Owens’ journey to Zambia to stop elephant poachers was the focus of “Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story.”

Prior to their work in Botswana, the Owens had written “Cry of the Kalahari” about their time spent conserving lions there. Based on their subsequent book “The Eye of the Elephant,” the “Turning Point” episode focused on the Owens’ experience in Zambia’s North Luangwa National Park.

Why Delia Owens is still Wanted for Questioning in Africa?

 

Delia and her husband Mark have been identified as persons of interest in an unsolved murder investigation. Deadly Game: The Mark and Delia Owens Story an ABC documentary from 1996 follows Delia and her husband as they attempt to protect elephants in Zambia from poachers. A suspected poacher was murdered on set.

While Zambian authorities never pursued murder charges, a recent article in The Atlantic notes that they are interested in questioning Delia as “a possible witness, co-conspirator and accessory to felony crimes”.

Chris Everson, a cameraman who participated in filming the documentary told People that he believes Christopher Owens, Mark Owens‘ adult son from a previous marriage is responsible for the murder. Delia said the allegation was “sensational” when she denied it in 2010 to The New Yorker.

Frequently Asked

Why is “Where the Crawdads Sing” Problematic?

The Novel Has Been Criticized for its Representation of African-Americans. The Black shopkeeper Jumpin’ and his wife Mabel essentially adopt the orphaned Kya as their own child.

Why is the author of Where the Crawdads Sing controversial?

Where the Crawdads Sing and Its Disturbing Controversy Delia Owens author of the best-selling novel that was adapted into a critically acclaimed film is a person of interest in a murder that bears eerie similarities to the plot of the novel.

Is ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ a confession?

Those who are familiar with the story of Where the Crawdads Sing know that the protagonist kills someone in self-defense when she is attacked. Is the book a confession if it defends killing another person? That’s one secret Delia Owens may never tell.

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