Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book To Movie--The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry is probably one of my mostest favoritest booksies EVAR. Simple and short, but profound and moving, Lowry's dystopian world left an impression on me that I've not forgotten, even years after reading it.

When I saw the movie trailer, I almost SQUEED out loud in the theater. To say I'm excited would be an understatement.

Yet I'm also hesitant. The main character seems older than I remember (bringing back some trepidation I felt for the Ender's Game film), and while the cast is impressive, I'm not sure they fit the images I had in my mind. Some of the scenery doesn't really match what I remember either. (Guess I have a crappy memory, LOL!)

The whole thing has got me kind of nervous about seeing the movie version. I try not to compare the book to the movie (I find it leads to disappointment more than anything), so I hope I can keep an open mind when I roll up into the theater in a couple weeks.

So what say you? Do you like film adaptations of books, particularly your favorites? Do you tend to avoid those flicks, keeping the memory of the book pristine and untarnished, or do you seek out the movie as a bit of entertainment, a perusal of someone else's imagination bringing it to life?

For more info, check out the IMDb page for The Giver, and Lois Lowry's interview with The New York Times on her book becoming a film.

Happy reading and happy watching!

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  1. I'm a huge book to movie purist. I always want movie adaptations to be as close to the book as possible, and I get really upset when they're not. I'm pretty skeptical about The Giver because it looks like they changed a lot of things that didn't need to be changed.

  2. I'm the opposite of Mary. I tend to really enjoy book to movie adaptations. Most people who know my writing would be surprised to know I'm not a visual reader (I am a visual writer however). Movies like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games really blew me away with the sheer life and vivid portrayal. There haven't been many book to movie adaptations I haven't liked, actually. Great question!

  3. I saw the trailer for the movie version before I read the book. I expected a really intense dystopian read and was actually a little disappointed by the book because the trailer had set up a certain world that just wasn't present in the book. Now, separating the two, the book is interesting and bleak and thought-provoking, but I can understand why they would need to change things up a bit to make the movie version competitive with current dystopian franchises like Hunger Games and Divergent. I'm still very much looking forward to the movie.