the movie is never as good as the book, is it? well, maybe in the case where the book really isn't that good, and the movie fixes its faults.
i love "The Giver" by Lois Lowry and i'm sure many of you do, too. the movie opens today, with a great cast. also in production i have heard is "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, my most favorite ever.
here's an article from today's LA Times about how "The Giver" got made:
here're my 2 issues:
Bridges said the team behind the film pushed to make the main characters older in order to add a romantic arc, and Lowry said that she pleaded not to turn the novel into a teenage romance, noting disdainfully that she "saw a few kisses in the trailer." The 77-year-old author said that once she saw Brenton Thwaites playing an older Jonas, however, the change felt appropriate. Keeping the details of the book exact, Bridges said, wasn't as important as keeping the spirit of the book and having Lowry's stamp of approval.
The pair have become unlikely friends through this process, even though Bridges lives in Southern California and Lowry writes from a Maine farmhouse. During the interview, both pairs of eyes turned to the newly packaged copy of the book sitting on the table, featuring a still image from the movie of Bridges and Thwaites. It's the first time the duo have seen the fresh book jacket, with Bridges now as the Giver. "Isn't that wonderful?" he exclaimed, holding the book up to see it better.
"They should have the Newbery Award stamped on it too," he says on closer examination. The new gray medal on the cover reads, "Includes exclusive Q&A with Taylor Swift and others!" The singer makes a brief cameo appearance in the film. Under Lowry's name at the very bottom of the cover, it mentions the award."I'm kind of sorry we have to have the Taylor Swift label instead of the Newbery Medal," Lowry says. "But that's OK. I think it's an appealing cover. I think in a bookstore someone will gravitate to it and pick it up."
why do we have to have a love story? wouldn't it be great NOT TO? wouldn't they possibly get praised for that?
TAYLOR SWIFT is that important?
what is wrong with us????
feel free to take this discussion to other book/movie combos.