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Beyond The Giver: Eight Amazing Young Adult Novels That Should Be Movies

UpdatePosted 08/15/2014 04:25PM

Beyond The Giver: Eight Amazing Young Adult Novels That Should Be Movies

Originally posted 08/13/2014 05:00PM

When The Giver hits theaters this Friday, it may seem like just another young adult novel transformed into a feature-length movie. For bookworms of a certain age, however, this is no mere summer blockbuster; this is a long-overdue adaptation of a Newbery Medal-winning work of fiction that changed lives and made some readers realize how powerful books can be.

Many young people opened Lois Lowry's 1993 classic at the suggestion of knowing teachers, book-savvy classmates or those book-order forms that showed up every month, and they consequently found a story unlike any they'd read before. It's dystopic science-fiction written back when Panem was just a twinkle in Suzanne Collins' eye, and it builds this rich world that, if Hollywood played its cards right, will translate beautifully on the silver screen.

Given the recent popularity of such adaptations at the box office, it's a wonder it took Hollywood this long to realize what a great movie The Giver would make. Still, it isn't the only young adult classic whose movie adaptation is long overdue. Here are eight more.

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Watch Taylor Swift Sing to Jeff Bridges in The Giver Clip

Watch Taylor Swift Play the Piano in a Moving Scene from The Giver (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/10/2014 03:35PM

After blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearances in trailers for The Giver, Taylor Swift takes the spotlight in a new clip for the film.

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Katie Holmes's Top Priority: Giving Daughter Suri a Normal Life | Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes's Top Priority: Giving Daughter Suri a Normal Life

Originally posted 08/06/2014 10:25AM

Katie Holmes says she's focused on giving the gift of normalcy to her daughter Suri in her private life, even as her professional profile continues to rise.

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PEOPLE Chats with The Giver's Odeya Rush

Relive PEOPLE's Twitter Chat with The Giver Star Odeya Rush

Originally posted 07/30/2014 07:30PM

At only 17 years old, Odeya Rush is poised for stardom: Her biggest movie yet, The Giver, comes out next month, and the dystopian YA adaptation already has legions of fans.

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Taylor Swift, Movie Star? The Giver Costar Jeff Bridges Weighs In

Taylor Swift, Movie Star? The Giver Costar Jeff Bridges Weighs In

Originally posted 07/25/2014 01:15PM

Jeff Bridges is aware Taylor Swift is a talented musician, but he's also certain of her future as she mines new professional challenges on film.

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It's Finally Here! Get Excited About The Giver with These Three Pics

The Giver: See Three Exclusive Photos from the Movie

Originally posted 06/26/2014 02:00PM

It's been 20 years in the making – and looks like it's been worth the wait.

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Meryl Streep Owns the Screen in Star-Studded New The Giver Trailer | The Giver, Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and a Little Bit of Taylor Swift Steal Screen in The Giver Trailer

Originally posted 06/05/2014 04:25PM

The latest trailer for The Giver turns the spotlight on the film's A-list actors: Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes.

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5 Exclusive GIFs to Whet Your Appetite for The Giver

5 Exclusive GIFs to Whet Your Appetite for The Giver

Originally posted 05/07/2014 01:05PM

Lois Lowry's iconic, Newbury-winning novel The Giver will be tugging heartstrings in theaters starting August 15.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Australian actor Brenton Thwaites, the film comes to theaters at a time when teen-oriented dystopian dramas are So. Hot.

But The Giver, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, is the O.G. of dystopian young adult fiction. It was published in 1993, when "Hunger Games" were something aspiring grunge musicians were playing in Seattle while waiting for their big break.

To help build whatever anticipation wasn't already heightened to a fever pitch by the film's trailer (watch it below), we have five GIFs from The Giver, premiering exclusively on PEOPLE.com now. Enjoy.

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Finally! Official Trailer for The Giver Is Out

Finally! Official Trailer for The Giver Is Out

Originally posted 03/19/2014 11:55AM

The highly anticipated movie trailer for The Giver certainly looks like a winner.

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