15 February 2005

The Lovely Bones

I just finished reading 'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold. It's a fiction book my friend Alex was raving about 3 or 4 months ago, then it was announced a few weeks back that Peter Jackson had bought the rights to it. Its to be his next movie project after 'King Kong'.

Read the story here:
Jackson's next film an adaptation of 'The Lovely Bones'

The New York Times described it as "an uplifting book about the abduction and murder of a young girl" but its about so much more than that.
Susie Salmon is a 14 yr old girl with her whole life ahead of her... or so she thinks until her neighbour rapes and murders her. This shatters her family, the community... affects so many people, and we hear about it all through Susie as she watches from her Heaven (sometimes its school with no teachers - everyone's Heaven is different depending on what you desire).
The way she innocently narrates the pain and hurt around her - watching her family and friends lose hope for her safe return, and then mourn her...
More than once was I almost brought to tears - honestly, its a tear-jerker to hear the victim talk about her murderer, or how she watches as her father smashes every single one of the ships in bottles they built and loved together (and the ones his father built with him).
I can't wait to see what and who Peter Jackson/Philippa Boyens/Fran Walsh script and cast - I think it will be wonderful to see Jackson adapt this story, and I believe he will do it complete justice (I am thinking of 'Heavenly Creatures').

Read more here:
Peter Jackson's movie plans send book sales soaring
Wellington feature in Jackson's next movie

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