In my opinion The Giver movie is better than the book because it leaves you feeling more satisfied, but still curious. The whole movie I feel like I am on the edge of my seat. This may be because I am interested in fast paced things instead of things that take really long.
In the movie Jonas gets help from his friends, while in the book he is supposed to work alone with only a little help from the Giver. This made it have more conflict and excitement for example; a motorcycle chase. In the book you feel like Jonas doesn't really have good friends due to them not understanding Jonas and not being mentioned as much. On the other hand in the movie Jonas gets help from them and they trust him understanding that he needs to do what he is doing. The giver says in the book “The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared”. I didn’t feel that Jonas was really lonely which made me happy. I also feel like they actually applied, the sharing of memories part to the movie for example; when Jonas showed Fiona the excitement of the sled memory by sliding down a long stairwell on food trays.
Another reason that I think the movie is better is because they made the chief elder a sort of villain. In the book it was made out that Jonas was going against the whole community. But in the movie the Chief Elder tries to prevent Jonas from leaving. Showing that it is him going against the community, but it shows more about him against the chief elder. “When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong. Every single time.” so says the chief elder in the movie. This one quote shows that she knows only the pain that Rosemary gave, unlike the book where it wasn’t even mentioned that she knew. The book just mentioning the chief elder once wasn’t enough for me. I enjoied getting to know the different side of the character that the movie showed me.
Yet another change were the ages of Fiona, Asher, and Jonas from twelve (in the book) to sixteen (in the movie). I think this was because it is a more accurate time for “stirrings” or hormones to occur since hormones start to kick in around that age. The age difference made it more believable in my opinion because I couldn’t imagine a twelve year old going through the desert and snow with an infant. A sixteen year old is more mature and would probably be able to handle extreme situations better than a twelve year old, thus making the movie more believable.
In conclusion, there are so many other reasons why I think The Giver movie is better than the book. The changes may not be that big, but they lead up to more exciting moments that leave me wanting to see more. Instead of a slow paced story that left me wondering, but wasn’t as exciting as the movie.