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The Lovely Bones

Trailer transcript

Identifying the tension

The novel does not easily conform to any one genre.

  • Looking at the trailer, how is the tension built up? What aspects of the thriller genre are we shown?
  • Would you describe this novel as a thriller? Why?
  • Would you expect a film of the novel to be framed using the conventions of a thriller? Why?

Read chapter 14 where Lindsey breaks into Mr Harvey's house. How is the tension created in the text?

Now view the trailer and compare how this episode is portrayed.

When you see the whole film, consider the extent to which it is presented as a thriller.