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Title: The Lovely Bones
Post by: Razorgirl11 on July 08, 2003, 11:38:47 pm

Now this is probably one of my favorite books. It's about a young girl who is murdered and goes to heaven. While she is there she can watch down on her family and friends as they cope with her death, and she can even watch down on the rest of the world. It was very well written, and the feelings and characters seemed real. I think everyone should read it. If you have, what did you think of it?

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: punKerniKle_miSS on July 09, 2003, 12:38:23 am

My aunt was reading that while I was camping with her! She read a couple passages out loud, but not any of the real sad stuff. She said most of it was too much fof my cousins ears. From what I heard though, it sounded rather morbid.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: HerMajesty on July 09, 2003, 12:51:41 am

I've never read it, but I've heard it's great. Maybe I'll check it out at my library..

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: SolskjaersGirl on July 09, 2003, 05:23:40 am

I think the author's name is Alice Seabold, if I'm not mistaken
But,yes, I have heard and seen this book. It was really intriguing
the way it was written. However, I didn't get to buy it, actually.
Might get it next time. :)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: ejwood_lover on August 04, 2003, 06:58:56 pm

The author is Alice Sebold...this is an amazing book...one of my favorites right now...

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: geekyelf on August 04, 2003, 08:59:38 pm

I read that! It was very...erm...touching. I liked the brit boy!!! :)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: HerMajesty on October 18, 2003, 09:56:01 pm

This book had me almost bawling at some parts. Very touching, as elfy said, lol.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: HeavenlyLij on October 29, 2003, 08:39:11 pm

it was such a great book! it was so extremely touching and it has such an original idea and plot. it had me crying. but, then, again, i cried at the end of the 4th harry potter book too lol

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Isilmewende on November 13, 2003, 05:40:15 am

I read it and yeah, it was a bit creepy and morbid at times, like the way George Harvey chopped her up and all, and the way he got killed by a falling icicle was a bit dodgy. but in general it's a very intriguing story.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Nessa_Ireth on November 14, 2003, 09:36:04 am

I love that book, I think I read it in two days....couldnīt give it out of my hand!
Alice Sebold is an awesome writer..."Lucky"īs also a really good book, very touching!

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: jazzspirit on November 24, 2003, 09:13:44 pm

I thought that this book was so sad. I mean she watched everything that happened after her death and how her death affected everyone. She got to watch her sister grow up in a sense, I thought it was very well written. I thought the way she created heaven is really neat. To have like your own version of heaven that overlaps with some peoples heavens as well. If you haven't read it yet, I would strongly recomend this book.

Title: The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Post by: Laura on June 19, 2004, 01:47:45 pm

Anyone read it?

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was 14 when i was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murder was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer."

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Post by: Raiwen on June 19, 2004, 02:07:39 pm

never read that book in a public library. You will cry and people will give you strange looks as happened to me.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Post by: Laura on June 19, 2004, 03:17:02 pm

I'm just about half way through the book right now.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Post by: Emwyn47 on June 20, 2004, 06:11:23 am

Really? Me too, how weird! Its really good isnt it? I havent cried very much yet, i think its because i'm so into it and cant wait to find out what happens next. Which bit have you got to?

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Post by: Silivren on June 20, 2004, 04:35:13 pm

aww man such a great book. i read it in 11th grade and i loved it. i had to read it for an english paper. we got to pick our own book. i picked it up, read the line that Laura quoted and was HOOKED! it was the first time in a while that i liked a book i HAD to read.
great ending, great writing, great overall story.

if u havent read it give it a read! u wont be disappointed!

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: tindaiel on July 18, 2004, 04:28:56 pm

Maybe I'm the only one...but I didn't get it. I liked it up to a certain point, but then I just didn't care. I felt really cheated when


**SPOILER***














they didn't even ever catch the guy. They just...forgot. That's not how real people are. I didn't identify with the characters at the end, at the beginning, I really did, but not at the end. The part where Susie took over Ruth's body....?? Come on!! It seemed a bit...I don't know how to say it, but I thought it was stupid IMO. I guess I just didn't get it.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Raiwen on July 20, 2004, 11:17:23 am

[quote author=Tindaiel link=board=17;threadid=21666;start=15#msg688818 date=1090182536]
**SPOILER***






they didn't even ever catch the guy. They just...forgot. That's not how real people are.
[/quote]

Believe me, that's what happens a lot of the time. people just get away with things until they try again, and even then they could run off and not be found. And remember when the book is set, the police wouldn't have had shared computer records so it would be hard to charge someone for a crime in a different place without the records.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: MysteriousMrWood on July 20, 2004, 09:24:04 pm

I just finished it today, it was pretty good. I didn't like it as much as everyone else, but I did enjoy it. :)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Laura on July 21, 2004, 11:04:34 am

[quote author=HPfreak link=board=17;threadid=21666;start=15#msg690683 date=1090373044]
I just finished it today, it was pretty good. I didn't like it as much as everyone else, but I did enjoy it. :)
[/quote]

I just finished it today aswell. :o

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: tindaiel on July 21, 2004, 06:58:00 pm

[quote author=Rai link=board=17;threadid=21666;start=15#msg690099 date=1090336643]
Believe me, that's what happens a lot of the time. people just get away with things until they try again, and even then they could run off and not be found. And remember when the book is set, the police wouldn't have had shared computer records so it would be hard to charge someone for a crime in a different place without the records.
[/quote]

When I say "that's not how real people are" I mean that she doesn't behave how a real person would act. I know she's in heaven and all, but the author portrays her as so human, yet when presented with the chance, she doesn't do what most humans would do, seek justice for her murderer.

SPOILER



You remember she had the opportunity to catch him when she went into Ruth's body, but she decided to have sex with Ray instead...I don't know, that whole part just struck me as very very odd.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: MysteriousMrWood on July 21, 2004, 08:48:56 pm

[quote author=ElleJay link=board=17;threadid=21666;start=15#msg691049 date=1090422274]
[quote author=HPfreak link=board=17;threadid=21666;start=15#msg690683 date=1090373044]
I just finished it today, it was pretty good. I didn't like it as much as everyone else, but I did enjoy it. :)
[/quote]

I just finished it today aswell. :o
[/quote]

8)


SPOILER


I know, the whole sex-with-Ray thing was incredibly weird, in my opinion. I didn't like it.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: concertina on July 24, 2004, 12:49:18 pm

For me, the sex with Ray was totally justified.

She was killed when she was what, 13? 11? I dont' exactly remember. But she watches her sister grow into a woman, feel desire and love and passion, and it's the one thing in her life she wanted.

Her only sexual experience was one of horror, pain and violence. She was given the ultimate gift. She was allowed to feel love as a woman. She was allowed to go back, and to, in a sense, triumph over her murderer. He took from her...he stole from her body, and in a way, that was his goal; to end her life before she could grow into a woman, and to steal from her that which was pure.

By going back, and having sex with Ray, she beats him. She triumphs over him. She takes back from him all that he took from her.

It was symbolic, and really, the only way the book could be ended. Catching the murderer? Wouldn't that be a bit....juvenille and Sweet Valley High-ish? Coming back and catching her killer; sort of over the top, don't you think?

For me, it all goes back to her need to be a woman; to feel love. To know that there is something beyond her own experience of pain and torture.

Wow...that was long. I just really loved this book. :)

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Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: tindaiel on July 27, 2004, 09:08:45 pm

She was killed when she was 14, but you were close.

To me, it was extremely unnecessary. Sure, her virginity was taken from her. It sucks. That's how life is. Girls get raped. It's not about taking their purity or anything, it's about the rapist getting power. I know soo many girls who have been raped, who have lost their virginity to rapists, who can't have a normal relationship. It's life. It's the truth. To me, that's what book should do (unless they are fantasy) My friend died when she was 16, as a virgin. She can't come back and experience love. If she's watching us, she sees her sister doing the same thing, but she can't come back. I'm sure she doesn't want to, she's in heaven and she doesn't need to feel that because she is feeling the best kind of love ever, God's love. Sexual intercourse can't even COMPARE. I like books I can identify with, but I couldn't with this one.

To me, justice isn't juvenile.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Laura on July 29, 2004, 07:46:33 am

*Spoiler*

The sex with Ray thing was really bizarre i thought, but i saw nothing wrong with it. I agree with a lot of what Concertina said. Nice speech by the way! It was weird though. Her coming back, going into someone elses body, while they were temporarily dead, and having sex with their friend... weird, but quite nice. Afterall, it's only a book, and anything can happen in a book. Alice Sebold was actually raped in real life wasn't she? So the whole story is even nicer. It's probably how she wished things could have turned out with her. She knows how it actually feels to be raped, so she knows what she's talking about.

I thought the Mr. Harvey getting killed by ice thing was weird.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: tindaiel on July 31, 2004, 09:19:13 pm

*Spoiler*


When I say unnecessary, I don't mean that there was anything wrong with it. I just didn't like her writing choice. I meant IMO that it didn't add anything to the book. But then again, I'm not a big fan of romance.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: xLaurax on November 23, 2004, 05:33:53 pm

I really liked this book, it was my mums, so then I read it, it was so sad, espically when the dog died and went to heaven, aah! It was quite disturbing though, when he chopped up her body...eeek :-\ not nice.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Helix on December 06, 2004, 09:51:15 am

I really didn't like this book. I just think the whole thing was too mushy.
Like the sister marrying the boyfriend she had when she was 12. It's just annoyingly sappy.

I thought the sex with Ray bit was strange aswell. And I didn't like the heaven she had. It was all a bit irritating.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: xLaurax on December 06, 2004, 10:05:47 am

I think the heaven she had was wonderful. Because, it was her own idea of heaven.
It was how she wanted it to be, and I think that if you want heaven to be like a school ground instead of big high golden gates and fluffy clouds then why not?
I really liked the bit where she saw her Grandad and also when the dog came running towards her.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: liladriel on December 06, 2004, 12:00:07 pm

I started reading it over the summer and completely forgot about it! I'm going to read it again now I've seen this! :)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Celebrian on December 17, 2004, 03:47:34 pm

I read it a while back for a book discussion group. I found it very disturbing. When I started it, I knew nothing about it and in the first few pages she was kidnapped, raped, murdered and dismembered. EEK! I found that I couldn't read it at bedtime or I found it hard to sleep, too. But, I thought it was a good book. Very interesting.

And, to someone who asked about her taking vengeance on her murderer: When she was in Ruth's body I don't really think she had time for that and Ray was much more immediate (although I agree that that was a rather odd scene). Also, she did take vengeance later. I had the distinct impression that she caused that icicle to fall and kill him. We know she could affect things on Earth a bit (a candle flame, I think? It's been about 1.5 years since I read it). I remember asking at my discussion group whether you get in trouble in heaven for murdering your murderer. ;)

On a different note: At some point I am sure that I read (on TORn maybe?) that there was consideration of a movie and that it was possible that Peter Jackson would direct. That could certainly be interesting.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Kathleen on December 17, 2004, 10:07:37 pm

I read this book a few months ago. I thought it was very good, I couldn't put it down. It did upset me though. I have kids, and although they're not girls, I can't imagine how horrible it would be to be this girls mother. I loved how she watched the changes in her family, how close she was to her father. It was very touching.

A movie sounds very interesting. And of course Peter Jackson directing it would be great!

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Celebrian on December 17, 2004, 10:28:12 pm

I have daughters (although they are very young), so that may have been part of why I found it so disturbing. Which is not to say that I didn't seek out times to read it because I was hooked.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: xLaurax on December 22, 2004, 06:45:53 pm

If Peter Jackson directs it, that would be sooo amazing! ;D

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Celebrian on January 05, 2005, 05:50:11 pm

I just saw this on TORn. It says this is PJ's next project.

http://aintitcoolnews.com/display.cgi?id=19072

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: xLaurax on January 05, 2005, 05:54:47 pm

Thta is so amazing! YAH!

God, I want a part in the movie.
Just thinbk if PJ is directing it, how good will it be?

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Caz on January 06, 2005, 08:44:02 pm

[size=2][font=Comic Sans MS][color=Blue]It would be really cool if Peter directed The Lovely Bones. Sounds like a challenge to me so it's right up his alley. :D

I just found this article about it:[/color][/font][/size]

[color=Purple]Jackson eyes The Lovely Bones
07 January 2005
By ROBYN MCLEAN

Peter Jackson has confirmed that his next film will be an adaptation of the book The Lovely Bones.

With King Kong set for release in December, rumours have been circulating as to what the Kiwi director will turn his attention to next.

In an interview with a Lord of the Rings fan magazine, Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens confirmed they will team up again to turn Alice Sebold's bestseller into a celluloid reality.

"One next project after King Kong is The Lovely Bones," said Boyens.

"We feel comfortable with each other. I am sure there will be other projects we do separately but at the moment, as long as it works, we'll keep doing it."

When asked about his filming agenda after King Kong, Jackson also said it would be to make The Lovely Bones.

The story is based on a 14-year-old girl watching from heaven as her family copes with her rape and murder. She narrates the story as she watches the turmoil they go through. She is also able to observe the man who murdered her and the path his life takes.

The book, published in 2002, has sold millions of copies worldwide and has been praised by critics for its unusual perspective. It was described by the New York Times as "an uplifting book about the abduction and murder of a young girl". [/color]

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3149214a10,00.html (http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3149214a10,00.html)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Kathleen on January 07, 2005, 12:43:32 am

I saw this on TORn. Peter would do a very good job writing and directing this, I think. I'm looking forward to it already.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: xLaurax on January 13, 2005, 12:57:40 pm

I agree, I'm so looking forward to it. I can't wait till it comes out. i wonder who is going to star in it?

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Elen on January 26, 2005, 03:39:07 am

I loved this book, what I found so interesting about it was that the story itself was so potentially traumatic and distressing that I might have found it impossible to read. However it was so well written it didn't fall into morbid or maudlin sentiment which it could so easily have done.

One thing that really struck me was finally reading the explanation of what The Lovely Bones really were. I just imagined it was to do with her skeleton but it was described and I do this from memory as the framework of the family that she left behind, the structure of the relationships that were rebuilt, reframed, reorganised and indeed established. That was such a lovely idea, please feel free to let me know if I have that wrong.

And yes I read in our paper this week that Peter Jackson has bought the rights to write along with Fran Walsh and Phillipa and then direct
the film version of The Lovely Bones, which I shall look forward to seeing, if it ever happens.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Cristiel on January 26, 2005, 03:55:08 pm

I just started reading this book and I absolutely love it. I can hardly put it down, it's so fascinating.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Laura on January 26, 2005, 05:10:42 pm

I'd like to read it again. Due to my bad memory i've forgotten the majority of it 0_o And i want to finish reading Lucky because i only ever read a few chapters. I'm such a bad reader.

Anyway, i can't believe the Lovely Bones could be made into a film. And for it to be directed by Peter Jackson. Amazing! That'd be an interesting film.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: magicdancer on February 16, 2005, 11:08:06 pm


on 1106777442, ElleJay wrote:
I'd like to read it again. Due to my bad memory i've forgotten the majority of it.

Me, too. I read it when it first came out and have forgotten a lot.


Quote:
Anyway, i can't believe the Lovely Bones could be made into a film. And for it to be directed by Peter Jackson. Amazing! That'd be an interesting film.

When I finished the book one of my first thoughts was what a great film it could be. And Peter Jackson is definitely the director who can do it. Look at all the LOTR doubters who had to eat their words when they saw what PJ did with that.

Since he's going to start filming in 2006 for release in 2007, I wonder if this thread should be moved over to "Other Media." Any thoughts on this from the moderators? :-\

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Cristiel on February 17, 2005, 03:18:22 am

I think it's a bit too early to discuss this in the other media section ;) There's nothing known about the movie anyway - except that Peter is going to direct it - so it's basically only a book right now.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: magicdancer on February 17, 2005, 11:26:40 am

I think you're right, Cristiel and I'm happy to defer to your better judgement. ;)

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: Faerie in Combats on October 02, 2005, 03:43:36 pm

It's one of the most beautiful books I've ever read and I heard Peter JAckson is making it into a movie.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: magicdancer on October 02, 2005, 07:54:35 pm

Yes, it's the film he plans to make after King Kong.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: delusional on September 14, 2006, 05:27:07 pm

I recently read this and loved it to pieces.

Title: Re:The Lovely Bones
Post by: jakarta on January 21, 2008, 09:30:03 pm

I really loved this book, up until the point we're the two girls swapped places and she had sex with the guy who was her 1st kiss.
For some reason that really put me off the story from then on.



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