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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Why We Refuse to See The Giver

Last Friday the box office opened with a very important film filling the slots. The Giver based on the book by the same name by Lois Lowry had a lot of responsibility on it's shoulders. Unfortunately it couldn't seem to take the pressure and buckled under the weight. And we at the Lone Book Club just cannot bring ourselves to see such an important book turned into such a bad movie.

Let me be clear. We know that movies can't be the books. We know things have to change, we know that what's in a book won't necessarily work on screen, and we know that sometimes bad movies are made out of decent books. But The Giver is different.

We wrote a blog post about how different it is! This book, and the book series it's a part of, carries a lesson so great and important that to see a movie that doesn't even come close to accomplishing anything near what the book did, would tarnish it's greatness. We love the book and to see something like what the trailer and critics reviews promise, would leave a bitter and sad taste behind. 

I don't want to be angry. I don't want to be frustrated. I don't want to spend an hour (or more, ok yes a lot more) ranting about all the choices they could have made differently. I don't want to yell about how they made everyone older just to squeeze in a bad romance, and how it's just falling into the tropes of bad dystopian movies. I've done it before, and I just can't do it with this story. So I won't.

To me, to us, the movie will simply not exist. The book will remain untouched, and we will live happily ever after.... until the next adaptation, that is.

What do you think? Are you going to see the movie? Do you care at all?

1 comment:

  1. I feel like I have to see it.... I don't know why. If Louis Lowry finally signed off on the movie, there has to be a reason, right?