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YMMV: The Lovely Bones
  • Alternate Character Interpretation : In a way with Ruth's sexuality. As she appears attracted to women but as Susie described her watching her cousin undress it doesn't seem sexual. But her obsession with Susie and climbing in bed with Lindsey (even though in a platonic way) can both be read very much in certain ways. Her relations with Ray further complicate things as she kisses him to experiment and in one point gets alarmed she might have felt something. And then you know Susie uses her body to have sex with Ray. At that point a lot of people give up trying to classify Ruth at all.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Apparently this comes up for some about unguarded cornfields being ways for kids to walk home from school. It's either normal or really weird depending on area.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Even taking into account the time-span between Susie's murder and Grandma Lynn's arrival at the house, she seems remarkably blase about the fact her eldest grandchild had been murdered.
    • Perhaps it's clearer in the novel, but the film's loose depiction of the timeline leaves open the weak possibility that she dealt with the initial shock of the event in a previous visit more immediately after the murder.
      • Grandma Lynn's equivalent visit in the novel is much, much later in the timeline than it is in the movie.
    • Alternate Character Interpretation: Given how she's often seen with alcohol and brings two bottles into the house with her, that seems to suggest she had her own way of coping.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Naturally, since Susie is dead, and also Mr. Harvey is never caught by the police.
    • Arguably also undermining the point. As justice plays no real part in the family moving on. To many this would seem to be the major takeaway from the book. The lovely bones have grown without it and that is quite enough for the characters in the book to be happy.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film did quite well in Ireland and has a good number of Irish fans - due to Saoirse Ronan as the lead.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mostly as Peter Jackson for Adaptation Distillation which in itself is not a crime but when this book get's a lot of side plots dropped or melted to fit into a movie, and then Jackson gives three movies to the Hobbit to the point where it gets expanded to ridiculous levels seems quite unfair
    • To rub salt in the wound, the hobbit runs less printed pages than the lovely bones.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Susie's behaviour with her camera becomes this with the rise of the trend of selfies.
  • Narm: The delivery of "It's Heaven!"
  • Special Effect Failure: Movie Heaven to some people. Either on it's own or by them wanting more the town with roads layout of the book
  • Tear Jerker: Many moments, especially when Susie meets the other murder victims and the youngest one runs up and gives her a hug., but your mileage may vary between certain scenes.
    • From the book: when the family dog dies, Susie worries that he won't recognize her after so many years apart. He does.
    • The scene in the film when Susie's parents learn of her death.
    • "You were not there when your daughter needed you."
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Susie's in-between world is seriously trippy. Especially in the movie.
  • What The Hell Casting Agency: Ryan Gosling had this reaction about being cast himself as Jack. He ultimately left, feeling he was too young for the part - and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg.
  • Write Who You Know

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