The Book vs the Movie: The Lovely Bones

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Book written by Alice Sebold, 2002

Movie directed by Peter Jackson, 2009

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

 

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com


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Picture Source: imdb.com
Picture Source: imdb.com

 

 

Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 4 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More information, more character depth.

Things the Movie Did Better: Liked it, but not as well as the book. Have to admit that the ending scene was very powerful, though and they picked a great actress for Susie and a believable one for Mr. Harvey as well. I do like that the movie focuses a little less on the parents, as I found that slowed the book down.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: The book was deeper and more enjoyable.

Should the movie be re-made?: No.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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