The Book Explodes but the Movie Bombs

The Book Explodes but the Movie Bombs

Hallela Hinton-Williams

Twenty-one years ago, Lois Lowry published a book titled The Giver. Since then millions of people have read it and loved it. The Giver has become a part of several curriculums and has been awarded the John Newberry Medal. The Giver, a story about a dystopian society and a young boy who realizes that his supposedly perfect world isn’t so perfect.

Recently, this wonderful book got turned into a movie. This movie was released on August 15, 2014 and failed horribly at the box offices. Why? Probably because the movie failed to represent the book, leaving all of the fans of the book disappointed.

Now, this isn’t the first time this has happened. Continuously, our favorite books have been turned into disappointing movies. Such as, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and the Sea of Monsters, I am Number Four, Divergent, and so many more. Of course, sometimes movie directors get it right like with the Harry Potter series, and recently The Fault in Our Stars. There are many reasons why one movie adaptation can be better than another, such as author involvement or director interpretation. Sometimes it can fail because a superior movie came out the same weekend or because everybody wanted to wait until the DVD was released because movie ticket prices are expensive. Usually though, it comes down to how much the book has been misrepresented. Leaving out an important scene, or adding in information/character from another book can do this. Occasionally, producers even assume that only readers of the book will watch the movie leaving non-readers confused.

The Giver made changes like these. For instance, instead of the character being twelve, in the book they are sixteen. Children granted to become the Giver have brown eyes instead of blue, like the book suggests. Some scenes are not filmed and the friendship between Jonas and Fiona is overdrawn on the romance. So again, my $23 has been wasted on another failed movie adaptation. However, my hopes are raised for the next adaptation by cool trailers and the ever-present longing for movie theater popcorn.