Over the weekend I ran across the book, 'The Giver' byLois Lowryat Sam's Club for $5. I've seen the movie advertised coming out on Friday (8/15), so I figured why not. I have no idea how I never heard about this book 20 years ago. I didn't read it in school like many people I'm finding have. I really just found out about it when the movie started getting some buzz. It really is a Great book, based on a SCARY subject. An extremely monitored society of sameness, where you're told pretty much what to do, who to marry, who your kids will be, what to see, how to react and feel. It stops a lot of negative thoughts and stressers in the society. If there is anything that affects this perfect set up, then it's 'released'. But on the same side it takes away the FANTASTIC parts of life, which makes life in most cases! You'll have to read the book if you're like I was and hadn't.
I've been told to read the book before I see the movie, which is done. From the trailer, looks like the movie doesn't follow the book as much, but of course it's only a trailer, I could be wrong.It does have a stellar cast that includes Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Kaitie Holmes andAlexander Skarsgard (formerly hottie Eric True Blood) and 12 year old Jonas is portrayed by Brenton Thwaites, who looks older than 12 in the movie, so big difference there. Look out for Taylor Swift too (as Rosemary)! I highly suggest reading the book. The author Lois Lowry has a write up at the beginning before the story. It talks about where this book 'The Giver' has gone and where it's going. Whether you like the movie or not, the book is always here.