Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Giver The Movie | How the Movie Captures the Book | Ari Maksoudian


                             Warning: Do not continue unless you have read the book! Thank You.

      This report is on The Giver. If you don't know what The Giver is, it is the book I have been blogging on for the last few weeks. I will be describing how, despite how the movie changes the script, it still does a good job visualizing the book. So now, on to my review!!!
     The Giver is a great, thought-provoking book. It is how a boy named Jonas becomes the next Receiver and how he tries to turn their world/community back to its original pre-utopian state.  That is all you need to know; but if you want a more detailed summary, click on the word summary.  There are a few major differences between the book and the movie. The most obvious disparity between the two is about age.  In the book Jonas is twelve, but in the movie he is sixteen. I guess that is because it would be awkward to show "the stirrings" with twelve-year-olds.  Four years during adolescence is a pretty big age difference,  but is does not detract from the message of the book. There are a couple more of these disparities on little issues, but the theme is the same.
    There are also some 'job differences' with Jonas's friends.  In the book, Fiona works at "The House of the Old".  In the movie, however, she becomes a Nurturer.  It comes into play why she is a Nurturer in the movie near the end. Likewise, Asher becomes a Drone Pilot instead of a Recreational Director. My theory, to why they do that is because in the movie Asher kind of turns on Jonas and the drones can be used to spy tools.  Near the end of the movie, the Chief Elder instructed Asher to go after Jonas with the drone.  While the different jobs do change the details of the movie, it doesn't change it so much that you are distracted by it.
     Also, the subject of 'release' was changed a bit.  I don't believe has any effect, and it was probably cut out to save time or something like that.  In the book you weren't allowed to apply for "release" if you were a "Receiver of Memory".  But in the movie, it does not say anything about applying for release.
     For a final difference, we have one that pretty much makes up the entire story. The book is written in the third person and it is all about Jonas.  In the movie, though, Jonas is narrating the entire movie which is a first person narrative.  In the beginning of the movie, he says "They ask me, should I apologize?".  Near the end of the book, however, he says he would not apologize because they were living without emotion, without feelings, without pretty much anything.  So he unapologetically exposed the real world to them. What would you do? Explain your answer in a comment.
     That was my report on The Giver. I hope you enjoyed how I explained the differences between the book and the movie. How there are some differences, but they all make sense and go together quite well.




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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Pedestrian | Ari Maksoudian

In The Pedestrian, it is the year 2052, and everyone watches TV 24/7. Except for this one guy named Mr. Mead He does not watch TV he walks. It is really weird in a town of three million their is only one cop car. I guess that is because everyone is too busy watching TV to commit a crime. then he is taken away to be studied just for walking. I wonder though if everyone keeps watching more and more television will our world be like theirs? 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ice Cold Sushi For Breakfast | The Giver | Ari Maksoudian

     When Jonas finds out that Gabe is going to be released (KILLED) He take a little detour and escapes and catches some fish to eat. When Jonas was younger he was taken aside because he said he was starving. And the teacher said that he was not starving and never will be starving, but now know he was starving. I think this is amazing what he does, he takes a curved stick and ties Gabe's blanket to it and caches some fish. But will they survive the rest of their voyage?

The Last Chapter | The Giver | Ari Maksoudian

    In the last chapter of The Giver Jonas and Gabe struggle survive in the snow, then find a sled and take it down the hill to the end of the book. I thought it was really cool how Jonas was so selfless and did not care if he live, he just wanted Gabe to be fine. Since the book just leaves us hanging I have a bunch of questions but the one that really sticks out to me right now is: Will the second book finish the first book?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

20 (again) | The Giver | Ari Maksoudian

In this chapter (well first, this is the same chapter as yesterday's post because I read ahead by accident) the same stuff happened. But today, I am going to talk about something different: the twins and the fact that one was 'released'. The point of this civilization was to eliminate differences, murder, war, and everything bad. However, what they really did is they kept murder, they took it home with them, but just called it by a different name: release!   Will Jonas finally be the one who makes everyone understand that it's still murder?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Daughter | The Giver | Ari Maksoudian

      In this chapter Jonas and the Giver made a plan to make the world as it was, and at the end of the chapter we find out that Rosemary is the Giver's daughter. So we went through this entire book everything just being bland: no differences, no emotions, and no love. Weird, am I right?  Can a society actually exist for long without any emotions?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Outsiders | The Giver | Ari Maksoudian

      In this chapter, a little kid is to be released, and Jonas gets the whole story in detail of the Giver that failed before him. The first thing that came to my mind when I heard the kid was going to be released was: who takes him away?  Jonas's dad only decides WHO gets sent away, but who really TAKES them away?  Will we ever find out who actually takes them away?