The Giver is a respected novel written by Lois Lowry. It is a simple book following the story of a boy named Jonas as he becomes a twelve year old boy. At this point, he gets his own job. Jonas is living his life in a gated community. The book takes place in a Utopian future, although through his job as a receiver of memories Jonas finds out that the world he lives in is actually a dystopian future.
The author Lois decided to write three other books after The Giver was written. In The Giver, she left so many new openings to be exploited later on since the book was such a cliff hanger and a hit in the writing world. Then in 2013 Director Phillip Noyce released the movie for The Giver. It was almost an exact copy of the book where the story, characters and conflict were all the same. Although, like all movies made after the original books, the movie did end up being slightly different.
Most of the changes were the parts and roles of the other characters. For example, Asher, Jonas’s friend, became a drone pilot instead of an educational director in the movie. I believe the reason for this was to give him more of an interesting role in the movie. Asher almost becomes one of the main antagonists in the movie. There is even a larger part where there is a chase scene between him and Jonas.
Another character that had some changes for the movie was the Chief Elder. She became the actual bad guy, or antagonist. She reminded me of a leader of an evil organization or cult. I believe the reason for this was the same as Asher, it was just to make her more of an interesting character in the movie. Originally in the book the only role she had was as the head of the whole community. Actually, the only time we saw her was when Jonas got his job. Although she still has quite a large role in the book.
These are just about all the changes that the movie made towards the characters. There was a major change in the story's ending. In the book at the end, Jonas and Gabe ride down a large hill on a sled to escape the border of the community. As they are riding, Jonas heres music in the distance and then the story ends. It kind of leaves it up to the reader to figure out what happened, did they die, did they find people, did they get caught or did they make it to freedom? That is for you to decide. In the movie, instead of the cliff hanger ending they had a normal ending where you got to see what did happen! In the end of the movie Jonas and Gabe make it to the bottom of the hill and escape the community. When they reach the bottom they find out where the music was coming from and find a little Christmas cabin in the woods. Despite these few changes, the movie does a very good job of recreating the book for us and still respects its contents.