- Scott Bowles, USA TodayFor all the violence and grief of The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson believes the movie adaptation need not be a downer.
In fact, he says, the film version of Alice Sebold's best-selling novel about teenager Susie Salmon, who watches from heaven as her family collapses after her murder, is downright uplifting.
"I found the book to be curiously optimistic," Jackson says by e-mail from New Zealand, where he's finishing the film. "I felt inspired by Susie's struggle to come to terms with her own death. In the face of overwhelming grief, she finds hope.
"She holds on to love, and by doing so, she transcends the horror of her murder."
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