The first teaser trailer for upcoming movie The Giver, based on the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry, was released March 19th to a range of reactions from fans, but whether you loved or hated it, the trailer did show us several changes to the story from the 1993 novel.
Aging up of characters
Fans found out back when the cast members were announced that the child characters would be older in the movie than in the book. In the novel, all children in the community go through the Ceremony of Twelve at, you guessed it, twelve in order to determine what job they will have for the rest of their lives. (All children born in the community during the same year switch over to the next age during this ceremony as opposed to having individual birthdays.) The main character Jonas is an Eleven at the start of the novel, and the story then follows him through his year of being a Twelve. In the movie, all of the preteen characters from the novel are now sixteen instead. It remains to be seen if this will have any further effect on the story shown in the movie.
Overt use of technology
This “change” may depend on your individual reading of the novel. The Giver is a science fiction dystopian novel that does make use of advanced technology throughout the story, but the technology is never really a focus other than brief mentions, especially in regards to their medicine. The trailer seems to hint at something different for the movie with a more “in your face” use of advanced technology, particularly in high tech transportation, that wasn’t really present in the novel.
The trailer is in color
Color plays an important role in the novel, and many fans were hoping that it would play the same part in the movie. There is still the chance that the movie will make use of black and white, but the filmmakers didn’t want to reveal that use in the trailer. Even if the movie is completely in color, it remains to be seen if color will be used in the same way in the plot of the movie as it was in the plot of the book. The filmmakers could also make use of color’s importance in the storyline without using black and white coloring for the film, but it is highly doubtful that it would be effective in telling the story.
There is still a lot about the film that fans haven’t seen yet, so how closely the film will mirror the book is still unknown. Did you notice any changes to the story in the trailer that weren’t mentioned? Are there any aspects of the plot that you’re worried about getting changed in the film?