The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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Compare and Contrast of the remediation of Novels to film with reference to The Lovely Bones.

The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold about a teenage girl called Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl who was raped and murdered by her neighbour George Harvey in 1973. She then watches from her own personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. We follow Susie Salmon throughout the story as she witnesses the events on the earth, experiencing hopes and longings for the everyday things she can no longer do. In 2005 Director Peter Jackson secured the books film rights and created his own film adaptation in 2009 which was met with mixed reviews but overall was well received. The film relatively stays faithful to the novel by Alice Sebold but major themes of the story are glanced over or emphasized, characters aren’t as developed and some major plot points are missing entirely.
The novel The Lovely Bones has many characters who each have their own subplots which contribute to the overall story in minor ways and gives the reader the opportunity to learn about each character. For example one of the biggest elements of the story is Heaven and its depiction. In the novel Sebold who was raised Episcopalian intended the heaven to be simplistic in design and not to be the focus of the story. Unlike in Peter Jackson’s film where heaven is ultimately a large proportion of the film, focusing more on spectacle
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