The Giver, Movie or Book?
Imagine living in a world where you can't be yourself, and you are like everyone else. That is what The Giver by Lois Lowry is about. There is a movie and a book, however, I believe that The Giver movie is better than the book because first, there are a lot more items that show us that they are in the future. Secondly, we see a lot more of Jonas trying to share his feelings and his memories with his friends. Lastly, we see Fiona trying to help Jonas at the end of the movie, and in the movie she is going to be released, but not in the book. These reasons make the movie have more feelings, and you can connect to the characters more, even though they are living in a totally different environment.
The first reason why the movie is better is because there are a lot more items that show us we are in the future. For example, there are more drones and fake trees, and more assignments that all have strange meanings like motorbike drivers and drone controllers. These examples show us that they have stopped letting people choose their jobs/assignments. It also shows us that in the future this might happen and how life would be because of our mistakes. We might have these things taken from us and we should appreciate them now because we might not have them in the future. This really speaks to me unlike the book, because it shows us how different the future is in many ways and how differently people are being treated. Seeing so much more detail made the movie more powerful than the book.
The second reason why the movie is better than the book is because we see a lot more of Jonas trying to share his memories and emotions with Fiona . Examples of this would be when Jonas and Fiona made the makeshift sleigh and rode on it together, also when he told Fiona to stop taking her injections. This made Fiona have feelings and realize that the elders had taken something away from the community. Jonas also tried to make Fiona see a color by trying to transfer a memory, but it didn’t work. This shows that Jonas is desperate to share his memories and connect with his friends, Fiona and Asher. This made it so we think of Jonas as a real person with feelings and commitments just like us. Having these additional scenes in the movie showed me that the people in the community actually have feelings, however they book didn’t make it as big of a point.
Lastly, the most important reason why the movie is better than the book is because Fiona becomes a bigger character. At the end when she is feeling things, because she stopped taking her injections, she wants to help Jonas, so she runs away with a decoy baby to make the people that are chasing Jonas go a different way than Jonas. This is not even brought up in the book. However, this action made it so that Fiona would have to be released, so at the end of the movie it was a fight for time when Jonas was going through the boundary of memory, and when the needle was almost touching Fiona’s skin. This made you sit on the edge of your seat until Jonas passed the border, but still, when the memories were passing to get to the community, the needle was getting closer. Because Fiona was bigger character in the movie it made it so the movie had more action, and it showed trusting relationship between two friends.
I really connected with Jonas,The Giver, and Fiona by the end of the movie because I felt like they were like us, that they know how we live and what our lives are like. I wish that I was there to talk to the community to tell them how awesome my world and way of living is, and I think that is what Lois Lowry was trying to get to us, that we should be grateful for what we have. I would have never come to that conclusion if the world wasn’t future like, if Jonas hadn’t tried to share his feelings, and lastly, if Fiona hadn’t helped him. These things made me open my eyes to the fact that the community could become the same as us and free if they knew what our life was like. The movie made Lowry’s story more powerful and interesting.