Lois Lowry on Giving Up ‘The Giver’ to Hollywood

She had only one request: “Please don’t turn this into a teenage romance.”

Comments: 13

  1. What a treat to have Ms. Lowry featured in the NY times. I introduced "The Giver" to my 8 year old daughter, six years ago, after reading it myself, and thinking it was a very important book for my child to read. As far as the movie goes, I don't think any Hollywood creation will ever match the version that was etched in my mind after I read the story, with its clear and crisp prose, but I imagine that the movie, with state of the art special effects and all, will be fun to watch.

    I hope that for those unfamiliar with Ms. Lowry writing, and with "The Giver" specifically, the movie will spark a need to look for the work of Ms. Lowry, and thus discover the true wonder of a tale well told by a first rate story teller!


  2. "The Giver" was the first dystopian novel I ever read- I must have been 9 or 10 when I first read it. It blew my mind, and I consider it a formative part of my childhood and reading life. It's a book I have recommended over and over again, even to adults. I'm very much hoping the movie is respectful of the book.

  3. Ohhh I LOVED The Giver!!! The Giver was the most meaningful book that I read during my childhood, and I read a LOT of books. It made me think about morals and society, and more than anything, Ms. Lowry's writing gave me the respect and credibility that I deserved as an intelligent young reader to make my own judgments and assumptions. I will await the movie more than nervously, as my experiences with beloved books turning into movies have been significantly more negative than positive.

  4. Thank you, Lois Lowry, for writing such a beautiful story! I've read it a few times since when it was required reading in middle school, and it only gets better with age.

  5. I've taught The Giver in university level Children's Literature classes many times and can't imagine how a movie can capture its subtleties, particularly when there are many that reveal themselves gradually in the language. I will keep my fingers crossed and hope that it might always be read before it is seen.

  6. The world is better because of you Lois Lowry. Thank you thank you.

  7. This was one of my favorite books and it introduced me to the whole utopia/dystopia genre of books. Since then, I've gone on to read novels of similar genre (Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, etc). Thank you Lois Lowry!

  8. I remember looking for a way to contact Lois Lowry when I was a teenager. It was just after reading, and then reading again, a french translation of "The Giver". At the time I didn't even have the English words to say what I had to say, and of course now I can't recall what those words were, except maybe, "Thank you". I loved that book, I connected with it in a way I connected with only a few of the great amount of YA books I used to read. And as a 12 year-old I wanted to grow up and be a writer and write novels that would be half as powerful. Of course I haven't. But I'll go and see the movie. And I'm looking for the sequels right now.

  9. I loved The Giver, but Lois' Anastasia books were my all-time favorite books ever. Thank you, Lois! You played such a prominent part in my childhood.

  10. The movie will introduce this story to new audiences, which is the great thing about words transcending mediums. We'll always have the book, so the movie doesn't need to be identical to the text to be useful. Thanks Lois for your literary contributions! It's interesting that even though you try not to take a didactic approach, readers focus (voluntarily or not based on some of your fan mail!) on the moral lessons in the end.

  11. Like so many, this is my chance to say thank you to Lois Lowry. Your books meant so much to me growing up. I loved the Anastasia books. And I still think of "Taking Care of Terrific" every time I hear the song "Stardust." I've never read "The Giver." I guess at 42 years old, it is time.

  12. Read it, Sarah! With a cup of tea and tissues.

  13. I add my thanks to Lois Lowry for writing many of my favorite books. I re-read "The Giver" a couple of years ago, adored it even more this time, and passed it on to my then 9-year-old daughter. "The Giver" was the book that helped me figure out what my bright, reluctant reader needed - books that would engage her mind with bold, fascinating ideas so that it was worth it to her to put the effort in to read well. She and I will see the movie together when it comes out.