The Giver: Book vs. Movie
I think that the Giver book was better than the movie because it had more detail, better descriptions, and the book more interesting. One reason I liked the book better was because it had more detailed descriptions. For example, in the book, when the apple turns red, I had a better visual than in the movie, when Fiona's hair faintly and unnoticeably turns red. The book described the apple’s change in color and I could picture it in my mind really well and get a good idea of what it looked like. But, in the movie, I wouldn't have noticed her hair change if it wasn't highlighted. The movie didn't really get the point across about what was happening in the story. Another example is when in the book The Giver has Jonas lay on a bed and The Giver puts his hand on Jonas’s back to transmit the memories, whereas in the movie, The Giver simply grabs Jonas’s arms. In the book when Jonas gets some scary or sad memories the author had him jump up and run out of the room which made it dramatic. I got a clear idea of the pain and sadness Jonas was feeling. However, in the movie, the same scene didn't come across as well. I did not really know how he was feeling.
Further, in the book, Asher was named Assistant Director of Recreation. However, in the movie Asher was named a Pilot, which was a much better assignment. This difference between the book and movie is interesting because the book portrayed Asher as a troublemaker, unreliable, and not overly intelligent. However, in the movie, Asher had a respected and earned position. This change make him come off as a good student and a good kid. I prefer the book’s version of Asher because he was a much more interesting character in the book, which made me want to keep reading. I also think the book’s portrayal of Asher as a troublemaker is better for the story because without this version of Asher some of my favorite parts of the book would not be possible.
Another difference that makes the book better in my opinion is in the book the Chief Elder is briefly introduced and didn't have a huge role. I liked the story better that way because the Chief Elder isn't very important or a huge part of the story. But in the movie, (for no reason) the Chief Elder has a bigger and unnecessary role. She appears a couple more times and is more involved in the story. In my opinion the book was better because the Chief Elder was not a strong character, and the book downplayed her role.
In conclusion, I think that the Giver book was better than the movie because it had more detail and description, it was more fun to read, and easier to interpret. I could not put the book down. The movie, on the other hand, was slightly boring and very predictable. I would recommend reading the Giver book over watching the movie because you will not be able to put down the book, but the movie will be boring and will not get every point, lesson, and storyline across as well as the book will.