Peter Jackson on The Lovely Bones: Story is "Curiously Optimistic"

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The Lovely Bones is a best-selling novel by Alice Sebold. In it, teenager Susie Salmon watches from heaven as her family collapses after her brutal murder.

Doesn't exactly sound like an uplifting tale, does it?

Tell that to director Peter Jackson, who emailed USA Today this week to discuss his big screen adaption of the book.

"I found the book to be curiously optimistic," Jackson wrote. "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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It's hard to make him out, but Stanley Tucci stars as George Harvey, who kills Susie (Saoirse Ronan), in the movie version of The Lovely Bones.

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The Lovely Bones Quotes

My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name, Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973. I wasn't gone. I was alive in my own perfect world. But in my heart, I knew it wasn't perfect. My murderer still haunted me. My father had the pieces but he couldn't make them fit. I waited for justice but justice did not come.

Susie Salmon

You have a tomb in the middle of your house!

Grandma Lynn