I believe that The Giver is better as a movie than as a book. The first reason why stems from the part of the movie where Jonas successfully convinces Fiona to skip her injections. In the book, none of this ever comes up, plus they take a pill instead. I like how the it brings more romance into the story. It also brings drama in whether Fiona should skip her injections or not. Fiona then feels love. In the book, the pills only stop stirrings but in the movie the injections also stop the feeling of love. Jonas and Fiona have a connection that brings more meaning to the story. They are not only friends but something more. The addition to the story ties into later scenes where Jonas has to leave and has a harder time leaving Fiona. After skipping the injections, thinking of Fiona is what keeps Jonas going during his long, hard journey. Jonas' trying and succeeding in having Fiona skip her injections brought an interesting and intriguing addition to the story.
The second reason why I think The Giver movie version is better than the book is because in the movie when the Giver and Fiona get locked up, it shows more mystery and adventure. In the book, the Giver isn’t caught and Fiona doesn’t help Jonas because she doesn’t know. While Jonas is on his journey, he has no idea of their potental danger and what danger he put Fiona in by having her help him. They are going to release Fiona which also doesn’t happen in the book. While putting his and Gabe’s life at risk, he also puts Fiona’s and the Giver’s. Fiona doesn’t know what will happen when she is released, therefore the only emotion she feels is fear. Meanwhile the Giver begs and pleads the chief elder to stop, knowing what will happen to innocent Fiona. Adding Fiona and the Giver getting locked up doesn’t only make you wonder What will happen to Jonas and Gabe? But also What will happen to the Giver and Fiona?.
The third reason why I think The Giver movie is better than the book comes from the part of the movie where Asher attempts to kill Jonas and Gabe. This shows how Asher’s personality is so different from book to movie. In the book he is very goofy and carefree while in the book he is uptight and a rule follower. The Chief Elder tells him to kill Jonas and the new child and he almost does. This shows how loyal he really is to Jonas. If Jonas didn’t know how to swim, then Asher might actually have killed them. Before Jonas leaves he runs into Asher and again, Asher tries to make Jonas go back home which also shows how his personality changed. In the book he wouldn’t have cared. With the change of his personality, it gives more room for the lovey-dovey Fiona to be in the story more.
For these three reasons, I think The Giver movie is better than The Giver book.