In my opinion, The Giver movie is preferable to the book for a number of reasons. First, Fiona’s character was more fully developed in the movie than in the book. Second, in the movie, there was a clear antagonist, but in the book, there was not. Lastly, there was a clear, visible city boundary in the movie, but not in the book.
First of all, Fiona’s character development was better and much more full in the movie. This was because Jonas has a better connection with Fiona. I liked this because it showed her personality, it made her more of a character, and developed her personality and feelings much more completely. This was good, because it showed her side of the story in a better way, instead of just Jonas’s, and the movie showed that she liked Jonas back, unlike the book. This made it better, because it was not just a one-sided relationship, with Jonas liking Fiona. Nearly any good movie has a love interest. Fiona showed her feelings more in the movie verbally, but she didn’t verbally express feelings and opinions as much, or as well in the book. Also, she showed her affection in the movie physically by kissing Jonas.
In the movie, there was an apparent boundary around the community, but there was not a clear boundary in the book. The boundary around the community in the movie was significant because it added a higher level of curiosity for the viewer. In the movie, I was very curious as to how Jonas would be able to escape, because the community seemed to be completely levitating, and surrounded by clouds that blocked their vision of nearly anything outside of the community. It also showed that the world was at a stage in the future where it was completely possible to create a levitating, solitary, inhabitable island. The curiosity built up because the people in “the community” were unaware of people in other districts. It added curiosity because Jonas and Fiona (the only two young people with true feelings) wanted to know what it was like outside of the community and to be honest, so did I.
Lastly, there was an antagonist present in the movie, but not in the book. In the book, there was a conflict, but no clear antagonist. In the movie, the antagonist was the Chief Elder. This was a good change from the book that added more action and suspense. Jonas VS Chief Elder, Good VS Evil. One example of the Chief Elder playing the role of the antagonist, was when she appeared as a hologram in Jonas’ dwelling telling him to not teach anything that he learned during his training to his sister, Lily, such as dancing. She clearly wanted to keep the rest of the community naive about what they were missing in life.
The Giver is an unusual case where the movie was better than the book because it added things for the better. Additions such as Fiona’s more complete character development, the defined boundary around the community, and a clear antagonist added drama and detail that made the movie more enjoyable in my opinion.