Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Giver; Read it, Don't Watch it

    When I was reading The Giver by Lois Lowry, I fell in love with the book, its characters, and its spirit! When I was watching the movie, it was interesting, but not as cool as I expected it to be. I would recommend to read the book more than I would recommend to watch the movie. Now don't get me wrong, the movie was pretty interesting, but it did not pull me in like the book did. I enjoyed reading the book more because you are able to picture the books setting, characters, voice tones, character traits, and overall put your opinion into the book as you're reading it. In the movie, the director gets to make the decision of what the setting and characters look like. They also get to decide their opinion on the movie. I’m going to focus on a few characters that I pictured extremely different in the book, then they were in the movie.
    The Chief Elder; In the book, I pictured the chief elder as a women in about her 60’s or 70’s. The movie got that part about right. I pictured her as a knowledgeable women that the community felt comfortable going to. In the movie, they made the chief elder seem like a high ranked and important women. They also made her seem like an antagonist in the movie. I liked the book version of her better because it gave the story more of a happy personality than choosing a high ranked character to be a villian who causes even more dilemmas.
    Asher; Personally, the movie version of asher was extremely different from the version that I pictured. The book made Asher feel like a clumsy and not so smart child that was a great character to have as the main character's best friend. I pictured him as a round, and innocent looking child who’s perfect assignment was to be a ‘teacher’. The movie seemed to have a whole different character portraying Asher. In the movie, Asher is a mean looking teenager that you are able to infer that he is not a very loyal friend, and that is correct in the movie. The movie even gives him a different assignment! They assign him to be a drone pilot, that also becomes an antagonist in the movie. Overall I think that the movie really seemed to mess up some very important characters.
    Looking back on how much the movie has changed the book version, it seems like everything that the movie changes, they all turned to bad things. For example, some characters changed from kind hearted and sweet, to mean villains. I would 100% recommend the book to read over the movie to watch. Overall, once you start reading the book, you'll never want to stop reading it! Lois Lowry did a great job at creating the characters and spirit of the book. The movie is a great thing to watch if you are too afraid to explore the world of elsewhere!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Never Forget

Today I read about many people who are not able to forget things. They remember everything that happens in their life. As I was reading, it said how it can be a good thing and a bad thing all at the same time.

There were some parts that I found interesting while reading this but honestly the rest was pretty boring! I wish it was more of a story, instead of information. I just thought that the way that this was just listing off random people was pretty boring.

What were some difficulties with not forgetting anything?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Isolation

Tonight I read a short story called The Pedestrian by Ray Bradbury. The story is about a man who is a writer. He goes for walks outside every night for many, many years. On one of the nights he is out walking, the police car rolls up and basically arrests him for walking for air and to see, have no job, no wife, and no viewing screen.
The next thing that I read tonight was a poem called The Forecast by Dan Jaffe. The poem is about how people are becoming more and more isolated to the world. "Taken all precautions. We shall not be disturbed." Meaning that if anything is going to happen in this world, we will all be watching, on a screen.

I very much enjoyed reading this short story and poem about isolation. I think that by people reading more about these things, will help better prevent it.

Will Earth end up like the world in these stories someday?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Entering Elsewhere; The Giver

In this last section of The Giver by Lois Lowery, The book ends. The book ends with Jonas and Gabe, fighting for their lives against the cold. I'm not exactly sure what happens at the end, but Jonas finds the sled, and he and Gabe ride it, and ride it, and ride it. They ride the sled down into music, memory's, joy, and love.

The ending of this book fully scared me. I have not idea of what happened to Gabe and Jonas, which is what leaves me in a scary mystery.

Where is elsewhere? Did Jonas and Gabe die?

Monday, April 25, 2016

The Journey; The Giver

In this last section of The Giver by Lois Lowery, Jonas is about to leave the community for his journey, when he hears his father saying how the following morning, Gabriel is going to be released. Jonas now knows what it means to be released and decides to take Gabe with him on the journey. Jonas also knows that Gabe would be the next receiver because of his powers, and knows Gabe can help Jonas along the way.

I want to know more about the journey that Jonas and Gabe are on, and I think that it is very cool that Jonas took Gabe along with him.

Where are Jonas and Gabe going to? Are Jonas and Gabe going to survive? How is the community while they are gone? How is the Giver?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Plan; The Giver

In this lasts section of The Giver by Lois Lowery, Jonas and the Giver go over and create their plan for when jonas leaves. At the end of this section, the giver says how he wants to see his daughter and Jonas is saying how he didn't know the giver had a daughter, that's when the giver tells him that his daughter was Rosemary!

I am a little bit confused because the giver was saying how once Jonas leaves, he cant come back. so i am wondering if that means that once jonas leaves, he will be gone forever.

Is jonas really go to leave the community forever? Was Rosemary the givers daughter?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Realeace; The Giver

In this last section of The Giver by Lois Lowery, Jonas finds out what release really is. It turns out that release is just death. The person that is being released is being injected with a clear lucid that instantly kills them.

I cant believe that this while time that people are being "released" they are just being killed!!

How will Jonas react to the "release"? How will Jonas react to his dad when he gets home?