Page to Screen: The Lovely Bones (2009)

The Lovely Bones
based on
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold


I love Peter Jackson—how can you not after seeing any of the behind the scenes material for The Lord of the Rings films? So I’ve been working my way through his filmography. While I wasn’t too impressed with King Kong, I really loved Heavenly Creatures. Because I’m squeamish, I’m hesitant about approaching his earlier work, which left me with one remaining option—The Lovely Bones. I read the book years ago at a family reunion. I liked it well enough, although the ending made me bristle with its apparent insistence that life isn’t worth it without sex. (And the timing couldn’t have been worse; that was the year I realized—as you might realize you are breathing or blinking—that I was ace.) But not only does Peter Jackson direct, but the amazing Saoirse Ronan plays Susie. I had to pick it up.

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