As a result of my experience with Twilight, I've discovered I prefer to see the movie adaptation of a book before reading the book itself if possible. Once again, I've heard and read that many of the people who read the book, The Lovely Bones were disappointed in the movie. They felt a critical scene-the rape of the young girl Susie, was left out of the movie and merely implied. These readers felt Susie's take on her loss of innocence was an even greater theme of the book then the murder itself.
Perhaps, but I am unable to weigh in on that, because I wasn't able to finish the book. I saw the book in Barnes and Noble and considered buying it, but the premise of a murdered youngster gave me pause. I decided I didn't want to read about that. I ran across the book in the library and peeked at it again. I'd heard so much about it, I decided to give it a try, so I checked it out of library and gave it a go.
I didn't go on for too long. The rape and murder occurred in the first few pages and was fairly graphic. I found myself cringing more than a few times, but that wasn't even the worst of it for me. Seeing the misery and fear of her family over the missing girl-that the reader knows is dead, but the family does not-was depressing. I tried to soldier on, but every time I tried to continue, it depressed me. I don't read books to become depressed so I gave up and returned the book to the library long before it was due. Then I saw the movie.
Much has been made of director Peter Jackson's use of somewhat psychedelic visual imagery to depict the heavenly-like purgatory in which Susie resides after her death. Much of it hasn't been complimentary. I enjoyed the movie-if one can really "enjoy" such a topic really. Perhaps appreciated is a better term.
We all know that such abductions and murders occur, but this was like having a front row seat in the mind of a killer-being made privy to his hunt and the care and detail he puts into it. I thought it was important for people to be exposed to the real dangers that exist even when things appear to be well. We all need to be more careful and this movie turns up and refines your radar-if you're savvy and determined not to be mislead by denial.
I also appreciated the focus on the afterlife-the recognition that there is more than what we see here-whether Peter's Jackson's version is correct is clearly debatable. I liked the effort anyway.
I'm going to try the book again. I want to see how it differs from the movie, if I agree or disagree with some of the opinions I've heard. I want to know what the author Alice Sebold was trying to say in her book. I have formed my opinions since seeing the movie. I want to know if my opinions and sensibilities hold up after reading the book and whether the author and I are on the same page-or not.