Although I quite liked Peter Jackson's comments about the respective roles of the film-maker and the author in respect to The Lovely Bones, even if I sensed a 'hidden' message there.'
Hmmm, I have pretty low expectations of the film, which is not surprising considering I didn't think much of the book. I think conveying 'life after death' or 'the other side' is always tricky. So hard to get away from cliched, mawkish fields of flowers representing heaven, yet still retaining our collective sense of 'heaven = good, hell = bad' (as in 'What dreams may come', in fact I think the only 'dead person' film I've remotely enjoyed was 'Truly, Madly, Deeply'....)
Which I think was my issue with 'The Angel's Cut' as well. I'm all for concepts of heaven and hell being re-interpreted... but hell as a library? that seems to be re-interpreting to the point of meaningless
'Novel about my wife' is another fantastic recent NZ novel set in contemporary times
I loved 'The 10pm Question' by Kate de Goldi- my favourite book of the year. 'The Angel's Cut' on the other hand, I thought was dreadful, a pity because I remember loving 'The Vintner's Luck' when I read it a few years ago.... It just didn't need a sequel.