03:39 PM EDT 02/11/2015
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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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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