Dueling Works: With An American Crime, as both films were based on the Sylvia Likens murder. The difference was that An American Crime directly adapted the events rather than the loose approach this one took.
Fan Disservice : When Meg's clothes come off, it's humiliating and cringe-worthy.
Fridge Brilliance : A lot of the discomfort in reading the novel comes from David's inertia. It's very frustrating when no one moves to save Meg, instead standing around and watching. After a while, you start to realize that's exactly what you're doing as a reader. A gentle sort of Take That, Audience!.