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[[caption-width-right:200:Run away, Susie!]]




Tropes specifically about the book go here. For the film See ''Film/TheLovelyBones''.



!!The film Specically Provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: The Film, but not surprisingly, as the book is one of the type that is about growing with the cast. Such works often contain many scenes that you can quite easily cut out and not really hurt the big story, except what it does hurt is the audience's growth with the cast. Shakespeare works are sometimes hit with this too. This can also lead to TheyChangedItNowItSucks
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: Harvey keeping the safe until much later raises some decent questions about the police searching.
** In addition on the minor side, the way the safe is disposed doesn't make as much sense without the background from the book.
* AdaptationalHeroism: Abigail in the book has an affair with the detective, which is left out of the film. She also [[spoiler: returns home]] much earlier in the film than she does in the novel.[[note]]She still returns at the end but Buckley is still a child whereas in the novel she is gone for eight years[[/note]]
* AdaptationalModesty: In Alice Sebold's original novel, a disturbing rape scene is recounted in great detail. Director Creator/PeterJackson chose to omit this section of the book, feeling that the re-enactment of the ordeal would have not just overwhelmed the film, but been too traumatic a sequence for the young Saoirse Ronan to endure.[[note]]Supposedly her parents also insisted the scene be cut if their daughter was to do the film.[[/note]]
** Also in the novel Susie [[spoiler: has sex with Ray while she's possessing Ruth]]. In the film it's only a kiss. Other lead up to sex scenes are absent all together.
** Supposedly the Ronans would only let their daughter do the role if she didn't have to film that scene.
* AgeCut: The scene with Susie's picture of her as a toddler which then cuts to a picture of her at fourteen is an example of this.
* AgeLift: Less time passes in the film than does in the book. Eight years pass in the book while only five years pass in the film.
* AlmostKiss: In the movie, Ray and Susie are about to kiss at school until a teacher and Ruth interrupt them in the hallway. Subverted in the book.
* AscendedExtra: While not a regular extra, Movie Holly becomes a fellow victim of Mr. Harvey
* AudienceShift: The book was marketed towards adults, although a lot of teenagers read it anyway. The movie was deliberately made tame enough that [[SoMyKidsCanWatch the scriptwriters' kids could watch it]], and audience testing showed that teenage girls liked it much, much more than adults. So, after a limited release before Christmas 2009 to be eligible for Oscar consideration, the marketing was changed to promote it to teenagers and it was released in the spring. Creator/RogerEbert noticed the shift and thought this and the whole film was [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100113/REVIEWS/100119992 creepy]] in all the wrong ways.
* BigNo: When Susie realizes what has happened to her.
* BookEnds: The page quote above is said near the beginning and at the end of the movie.
* TheCameo: Creator/PeterJackson ''himself'' has a very brief appearance the first time Jack goes to get Susie's film developed. Even better, he's making a home movie with a period video camera throughout the duration of his appearance.
* ChekhovsGun: Movie only: Susie mentions the sinkhole at the Conners' farm in the beginning; near the end, [[spoiler: Mr. Harvey dumps a safe with her body locked inside into it.]]
* DeadAllAlong: Played with - the audience knows Susie was murdered from the beginning, and she quickly learns that she was as well, but for a few minutes after fleeing from Mr. Harvey's underground lair, she thinks that she managed to escape alive - she only realizes she's actually dead when she [[spoiler: has a vision of Harvey washing her blood off in the bath]].
* DemotedtoExtra: Ruana Singh for sure
* DisposingOfABody: Susie's body is [[spoiler: hidden in the [[DeadMansChest safe]] that gets thrown into the sinkhole at the end.]] Except, of course, Harvey keeps her there for ages just to relive the pleasure of killing her.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Abigail's longer hair is shoulder length [[spoiler: when she returns home, having gotten over Susie's death]]. Abigail also has no bangs and Jack's hair is shorter in the introduction, to indicate it's a different time.
* FaceCam: When Mr. Harvey is [[spoiler:chasing Lindsey inside his house]]. This shot is featured in the trailer.
* FocusGroupEnding: [[spoiler:The ending was generally the same, but [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/nov/17/peter-jackson-lovely-bones test audiences demanded a more gruesome onscreen comeuppance for the villain.]]]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Mr. Harvey's death]] is foreshadowed by an earlier image of an icicle falling in the In Between, as Holly tells Susie that "everyone dies", suggesting that either Susie herself or some kind of cosmic force is responsible for Harvey's death.
** The random, oversized objects (ball, hat, flute/recorder, etc) are linked to Harvey's other victims, revealing the In-Between as a special place just for them.
** Susie watching the fridge disappear in the sink hole early on, later her body is being disposed the same way.
** There's also special focus on an icicle, which later [[spoiler:kills/facilitates Harvey's death.]]
* GenreBusting: The novel really doesn't fall under any particular genre; however, the movie has been labeled a "supernatural thriller".
* GenreSavvy: Lindsey shows signs of this [[spoiler:when she [[RearWindowInvestigation breaks into Harvey's house to search for evidence]]. During her search, she opens a cabinet door and then goes upstairs after seemingly forgetting that she left it open. A second later, she runs back to close it. Later, she thinks to search under the floorboards for hidden compartments after they creak when she steps on them while searching his bedroom.]]
* HellOfAHeaven: Susie's in-between is shown as a multitude of happy acid trips, while she is more concerned about her family among the living.
* HypocriticalHumour: Clarissa and Susie talk about ''Othello'' and list everything wrong with it. When Ray asks her what she thought of it, she immediately says she thought it was amazing.
* JacobMarleyApparel: Semi-averted in that Susie can change clothes when she wants, but her default clothes are the ones she wore when she died.
* LargeHam: Susan Sarandon's outrageous grandma.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Stanley Tucci apparently had a ''lot'' of trouble in playing the part of Mr Harvey. In an interview, Creator/PeterJackson describes Saoirse Ronan giving Tucci a hug after shooting ''that'' scene. You know the one.
* MoodWhiplash: Quite a bit in the film, especially with Susan Sarandon as the comic relief.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers for the movie marketed the movie as some kind of thriller. It's more of an exploration of Susie's life in heaven and how her family copes with their grief and eventually learns to move on.
** Which while a good description of the book, also helps remind us a bunch of the supernatural or thriller inducing parts, aren't really in the movie.
* OhCrap: The movie has a particularly effective moment when Susie says to Mr. Harvey that she needs to go home, and then he responds by telling her to "be polite." The look on her face drives it home in that she now knows just how much trouble she's in.
** "...I don't ''want'' you to leave."
* OscarBait: The movie, but it didn't take with critics.
** It apparently didn't take with Academy voters, either: the only Oscar that the movie was nominated for was Best Supporting Actor for Stanley Tucci.
** And if you watched the Oscars, you would have noticed Stanley Tucci mouthing "Awful" to himself on camera after seeing his nomination clip being aired.
* RapeAsDrama: Averted in the movie, as the usually {{gorn}}-loving Jackson used a GoryDiscretionShot and leaves it ambiguous whether Susie was raped. This has been met with criticism.
** According to Jackson, Saoirse Ronan as well as her family were uncomfortable with signing onto the movie because of the gorn present in the book. So Jackson adjusted the movie accordingly.
** It is mentioned later that [[spoiler:he "only wanted to touch" one of the girls he killed, but "she screamed", which would imply that it was possible he did, in fact, rape the girls.]]
* SceneryPorn: The in-between has some very gorgeous scenery.
* ShoutOut: During the scene with Susie and Grandma Lynn in the bookstore, a 1970s poster advertising ''TheLordOfTheRings'' book trilogy is on display.
** The girl Susie meets in the in-between likes to be called Holly. She insists her name is [[Film/BreakfastAtTiffanys Holly Golightly]]
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The family dog dies in the book and joins Susie in the in-between. He lives in the film.
21st Apr '16 2:41:15 PM Homemaderat
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* BigNo: When Susie realizes what has happened to her.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Buckley says things that make it seem like he knows more about the afterlife, but Susie isn't sure if this is an actual clairvoyance or just his imagination.



* PetTheDog: Susie flashes back into Harvey's past to provide some moments from his childhood that can qualify. Like how his father ordered his mother out of the car on a highway and drove off. Harvey never saw his mother again.



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* TheSeventiesTheSeventies: The setting.


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* SummerCampy: One chapter takes place at the "Gifted Camp" where the smartest kids go for a few weeks. Lindsey, Samuel and Ruth are all attendees at that year's event.


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* BigNo: When Susie realizes what has happened to her.
14th Feb '16 3:21:04 AM eroock
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'''''The Lovely Bones''''' is a highly acclaimed, best-selling 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. Its heroine is Susie Salmon, who posthumously narrates the story of her family after her own rape and murder in December 1973. While she watches from her own private heaven, grief throws her family into disarray, and when the police investigation yields no clues, Susie's father and sister take matters into their own hands when clues lead them toward the actual murderer.

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'''''The ''The Lovely Bones''''' Bones'' is a highly acclaimed, best-selling 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. Its heroine is Susie Salmon, who posthumously narrates the story of her family after her own rape and murder in December 1973. While she watches from her own private heaven, grief throws her family into disarray, and when the police investigation yields no clues, Susie's father and sister take matters into their own hands when clues lead them toward the actual murderer.
14th Nov '15 11:50:58 PM nombretomado
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* AudienceShift: The book was marketed towards adults, although a lot of teenagers read it anyway. The movie was deliberately made tame enough that [[SoMyKidsCanWatch the scriptwriters' kids could watch it]], and audience testing showed that teenage girls liked it much, much more than adults. So, after a limited release before Christmas 2009 to be eligible for Oscar consideration, the marketing was changed to promote it to teenagers and it was released in the spring. RogerEbert noticed the shift and thought this and the whole film was [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100113/REVIEWS/100119992 creepy]] in all the wrong ways.

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* AudienceShift: The book was marketed towards adults, although a lot of teenagers read it anyway. The movie was deliberately made tame enough that [[SoMyKidsCanWatch the scriptwriters' kids could watch it]], and audience testing showed that teenage girls liked it much, much more than adults. So, after a limited release before Christmas 2009 to be eligible for Oscar consideration, the marketing was changed to promote it to teenagers and it was released in the spring. RogerEbert Creator/RogerEbert noticed the shift and thought this and the whole film was [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100113/REVIEWS/100119992 creepy]] in all the wrong ways.
18th Aug '15 6:40:44 PM K
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* {{Housewife}}: Susie's mother, Abigail, is a reluctant one. She seems to have planned to go back to work once Susie and Lindsey were old enough to take care of themselves, but then Buckley was born.
18th Aug '15 2:30:58 AM K
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** Subverted in the case of Susie's charm bracelet. It's brought up enough times to feel significant, and Mr. Harvey left a charm from it with the body of a later victim... but the people who find it in the landfill have no way of knowing its significance or who it belonged to.

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** Subverted in the case of Susie's charm bracelet. It's brought up enough times to feel significant, and Mr. Harvey left a charm from it with the body of a later another victim... but the people who find it in the landfill have no way of knowing its significance or who it belonged to. It's just something that was thrown away.
18th Aug '15 2:29:13 AM K
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** Subverted in the case of Susie's charm bracelet. It's brought up enough times to feel significant, and Mr. Harvey left a charm from it with the body of a later victim... but the people who find it in the landfill have no way of knowing its significance or who it belonged to.
18th Aug '15 2:03:55 AM K
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* PutOnABus: Many, many characters in the book that you think are major are actually minor and, once their part is served, you don't see them again. Chief Case: [[spoiler: Susie's friend, Clarissa. Seems like a main, but is never spoken of again after the incident that put Susie's dad in the hospital.]]
* RapeAsDrama: In the novel, Susie is raped before she is murdered, and it's [[{{Squick}} described in graphic detail]]. However, it's

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* PutOnABus: Many, many characters in the book that you think are major are actually minor and, once their part is served, you don't see them again. Chief Case: [[spoiler: Susie's best friend, Clarissa. Seems like a main, but is never spoken of again after the incident that put Susie's dad in the hospital.]]
* RapeAsDrama: In the novel, Susie is raped before she is murdered, and it's [[{{Squick}} described in graphic detail]]. However, it's
5th May '15 7:27:04 PM Homemaderat
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* MarriedtotheJob: Len Fenerman has become this as he has problems separating his job from his personal life, as he's also trying to "solve" the mystery of his wife's suicide alongside the missing kids.

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* MarriedtotheJob: MarriedToTheJob: Len Fenerman has become this as he has problems separating his job from his personal life, as he's also trying to "solve" the mystery of his wife's suicide alongside the missing kids.
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