Book to Screen a Give and Take

Readers! I bring you the trailer of the upcoming movie adaptation of banned classic The Giver by Lois Lowry. If nothing else, the sudden surge in popularity of dystopian novels, particularly aimed at younger audiences, has allowed this movie to exist after Jeff Bridges tried for years to make it happen. I have a lot of mixed feelings about it. I really don’t like the characters being aged up and the medication being changed to injections because it makes the creepy shit seem more palatable or more overtly dystopian sinister rather than our own society’s creepy behavior mirrored back at us.

Also, Taylor Swift? WTF? Furthermore, I don’t know why none of this is in black and white, since no one but the Giver sees color until halfway through the book, but we’ll see. I trust Jeff Bridges and Lois Lowry since they both really want this to happen, so I’ll put aside my reservations and trust them to stay loyal to the spirit of the book if not the details. Jonas’s sister looks perfect and Meryl Streep is spot on, so there’s that. Here’s hoping! And rest assured we will be reviewing this movie on the blog when it comes out. In the meantime feel free to share your thoughts, feelings, or incoherent rage in the comments. I’d love to know what y’all think.


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

6 responses to “Book to Screen a Give and Take”

  1. Michelle Joelle says :

    I’m majorly confused that this is in color – I have no idea how we’re supposed to watch the major transformation?

  2. Gibble96 says :

    This looks nothing at all like I imagined when I read The Giver.

    It’s been a while, but I remember The Giver intriguing through subtlety. This trailer impresses upon me, a very Hollywood adaption that will include unnecessary dramatization and a loss of literary appeal. Maybe my memory fails me, because I read this so long ago.

    I have a hunch if I watch this movie adaption, I’m going to regret it.

    • boundandgaggedbooks says :

      You’re remembering correctly, as far as I can tell. I’m very nervous about it, given the trailer and the changes, but I remain cautiously optimistic since Lois Lowry is behind it and Jeff Bridges has been trying to get it made for 15 years simply because he loved the book.

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