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!