Thursday, May 12, 2016

Isabel Helm
Period 3
5/7/16
The Book Prevails

There have been many bestselling books that have been turned into films, such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Godfather, and many, many more. In 2014 The Giver movie was released, based off of  Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. The movie was good, but I say that the book was definitely better.  Here are three reasons why the book was no doubt better than the film.
In the movie the setting of the Community was fairly similar but had more technology. Also Jonas had a mark to distinguish that he could “see beyond” instead of the pale eyes. There were many very subtle changes throughout the movies that didn’t really affect the plot. The more drastic changes occurred within the characters.

To start off, the role Fiona played in the book was very different in the movie. In the book she was Jonas’s childhood friend along with Asher. In the book Jonas had a “stirring” dream with Fiona in it. In the movie there is an added level of romance between Jonas and Fiona. At the start of the movie it is clear Jonas likes Fiona. As the movie progresses he begins to try to share the feeling of love and happiness with her through the memories. I could see why this would be added to the movie, simply to add more entertainment to the film, but I found it a
bit unnecessary. I think it also distracted the viewers from the main point to the story. I think the story and message could have gotten across to the audience without this romance between Jonas and Fiona.

The next major change that didn’t help the film was how the chief elder was portrayed. In the novel all she does is announce various things at the ceremony. In the movie she is basically turned into the antagonist of the story. She is the first to notice Jonas acting “strange”. For example, she began by warning his mother about his odd behavior. As the story goes on she begins to detect him as a threat to their delicate and balanced community. Towards the very end she sends a crew to stop him from leaving. She even directs Asher to “lose” him. All of this may be very exciting, but I found this distracting and unnecessary.  The one thing I loved about the book was how it is very in depth yet simple at times. All of the action took away from that wonderful aspect of the Giver story.   

The last bad change that was made in the movie was the ending. In the book it is unclear what the resolution is because the end of the book is the climax. In the movie the Giver and Fiona are arrested, and Fiona is almost released. Also the Giver gives this whole speech to the chief elder on why they need to change things. This drama is added to have more entertainment, but they real change to the ending was with Jonas. In the book it is clear he is going down the hill on his sled with Gabe, but what is after that is up for interpretation. Some even say he died and others were flat out confused. In the movie’s ending Jonas and Gabe cross the boundary restoring the memories back to the community. The ending was clear in the movie, but one of the things that made the Giver so unique was its uncertain ending. These three compelling  reasons proved that the book was by far better than the film.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's Okay to Forget

I read the "landscape of Memory" that tells about people who have a photographic memory and that it can be a blessing and a curse. I would not want this because somethings you want to forget. I wonder if I even remember what I ate for lunch.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dangerous Walk

I read the short story "The Pedestrian" and the poem "The Forecast" that shows us what the future could potentially look like. I would hate to go on a simple walk and get in huge trouble for it. I wonder if our world really end up like this.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Memories are Back

I finally finished the Giver and Jonas has restored the memories back to the community once and for all, and at the very end he heard an echo in the distance, which I interpenetrated to be music. I thought the ending was a little unclear but I think I understand it. I wonder what Lois Lowry's inspiration was for this incredible book.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A New Terrain

Jonas and Gabe are now far past the community struggling to survive in the harsh environment. This chapter reminded me a lot of a survival book in a way because Jonas had a really difficult time finding food. I wonder if there were some cameras out there and the Giver was watching him.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Grand Plan

The Giver and Jonas are coming up with plan to make the community feel love and real emotions again once and for all. I think the it has taken Jonas and the Giver a while to do this but Jonas didn't have the right memories and strength to do this until now. I wonder what really lies elsewhere.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Killed

Jonas has just discovered that when somebody is released they are actually being killed. Throughout this book I though it was very obvious that being "released" meant death, but I live in world where death is a common thing. I wonder if any person in the community started to question what release really was..... they may been released just for asking.