The Giver Book And Movie Analysis

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Topics: The Giver, Dystopia
Finally, the long-awaited movie adaptation of the Giver is here. However, no movie adaptation stays completely true to its source material, and the Giver is no different. The Giver movie sustained some massive changes to its characters and plot, not all of which were good.

The movie changed the characters’ ages. In the movie, the characters were aged to the average dystopian-fiction age. While Lily only aged a year, Jonas and his friends aged a lot more, jumping from twelve to eighteen.
This age change may have worked with the movie's modernized dystopian fiction plot and the target audience, but it took away, too. Jonas was only twelve in the book; he was still a child. When a child learns of war and pain and loneliness the way Jonas
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Both are set in the distant future, in a community devoid of color, feelings, and choice. The plot is recognizable, but it has been changed quite a bit. Of course, some action needed to be added to the movie, since the book had almost none, but all of that action took away from the book's original ambiguous, philosophical feeling. It is understandable, though, since this movie appealed to a mostly teen or young-adult audience, that staying one hundred percent true to the book would not work. Also, most of the changes in the movie had a reason. For example, during their ceremony, Asher and Fiona were assigned Pilot and Nurturer, as opposed to Assistant Manager of Recreation and Caretaker of the Old. Asher and Fiona's new jobs would be useful later in the movie. When Jonas needed to take Gabe from the Nurturing Center, he would need a Nurturer who worked there to help him. Also, when Jonas was escaping, a pilot would be asked to find and get rid of Jonas. Jonas's escape in general had a lot more tension than it did in the book. Jonas and the Giver planned Jonas's escape for a while in the book, and only mildly altered the plan by taking Gabe. In the movie, Jonas's escape was spur-of-the-moment. Jonas's escape in the book was thrilling because of our built-up compassion towards him and our uncertainty of whether or not he and Gave would live. In the movie, that thrill was generated by the close call between Jonas's escape and Fiona's almost-release. Both methods were effective. But the reason that the latter method worked was because of the relationship between Jonas and Fiona. In the book, Jonas's feelings for Fiona were minor and not mentioned very much; rather, they were used to help the reader realize what the Community took away. In the movie, those feelings were blown up into a full-on love story. These feelings were useful to the movie's plot: The fact that Jonas and Fiona had

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