06:34 PM EDT 08/24/2014
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.
Originally posted 06/26/2014 02:00PM
It's been 20 years in the making – and looks like it's been worth the wait.
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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