Monday, 28 December 2009

The Lovely Bones

An article by Gillian E Hamer

"Murderers are not monsters, they're men. And that's the most frightening thing about them." - Susie Salmon, The Lovely Bones.

As a fan of the paranormal, I was delighted to learn that this month sees the release of the next predicted ‘big thing’ from director Peter Jackson, following his huge successes with Lord of the Rings and King Kong. This time, the story lucky enough to receive his magic touch is the 2002 novel by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones.

Film critics are already citing the film as the new Sixth Sense, and reviews describe the acting of Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Rachel Weiss as outstanding in bringing to life the story of a young girl following her death ...

But the author’s inspiration to write The Lovely Bones is equally as chilling and moving as the novel. So, what drove Alice Sebold to write in a genre that is dismissed by many publishers as out-dated and unsaleable? Did she have any choice in the matter?

Read the full article in the February 2010 issue of Words with JAM


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