Monday, April 18, 2011

As promised I made a short trailer to finish with my blog, here it is enjoy...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In the next few days I'm gonna make another video, either as a summary of the book or a trailer for a movie... so stay tuned my beloved followers.
I can't believe this project will be over soon... It was so much fun...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I decided to make a list of my favourite quotes from the book:

-“If you were to be lost in the river… your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are  

-“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.

-“They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”

-“Sometimes I wish they’d ask for my wisdom more often-there are so many things I could tell them; things I wish they would change. But they don’t want change. Life here is so orderly, so predictable-so painless. It’s what they’ve chosen” 
I think the quotes speak for themselves, especially the last quote was what annoyed me the most, the attitude of the community, they want to make their lives as easy as possible and even give up on the beautiful things in life, I can totally understand Jonas, I couldn't bear to live with people like that...

Personal thoughts on the book:
At first I thought this was going to be a boring book, but I was wrong it got really interesting and it made me appreciate the little things and gave me a different point of view on a few things.I'm pretty sure I couldn't live in a world like that where everyone has to be the same, because I like to be unique and I mean where would be the fun if everyone would be the same? At least Jonas got to experience life the way it should be....
 Dear Lois Lowry, thank you for writing such a great book, it was really inspiring!


Friday, April 8, 2011

I was looking for self-made alternate bookcovers for the Giver and this is what I think is the best one...
-it shows Jonas with his light blue eyes
-I think the handprint belongs to the Giver, you get the feeling it's the energy he sets free when he transmits a memory to Jonas
-one of his eyes is opened because it's his other self in the memory that has open eyes and his self that is lying on the Givers bed has his eyes closed


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homework on the last 3 chapters:

In my opinion the reasons for release in the community are imbecible, in chapter 21 for example they wanted to release Gabriel just because he doesn't sleep quietly, I mean he is still a little kid, it's normal you just have to deal with it it's not like he does it on purpose. -.-
It was already like this in the first chapter they released the pilot just because he lost his way, I get the feeling that living like this in the community has made them weak if they can't even deal with trivial things like that and I think if it continues like this there will be even more absurd rules...

Now my 2 favourite parts in the last 3 chapters:
Chapter 22:
"Then, when he had had a choice, he made the wrong one: the choice to leave. And now he was starving. But if he had stayed...
His thoughts continued. If he had stayed, he would have starved in other ways. He would have lived a life hungry for feelings,for color,for love."

Though I don't think he made the wrong choice [I would have totally done the same], but I can understand why he thinks that in that moment, it's always like that for example after you're done with school and you want to see the world stand on your own feet, do something on your own and travel a bit, you will naturally face difficult situations and have the desire to go home again, but in that moment it's important to not give up and do your best, if you fail nevertheless at least you can say I've tried my best. In this situation it's the first time he has to face a difficult situation too, he had always been overprotected in the community, though he had a little knowledge through the memories the Giver transmitted to him, it's naturally for him to want to go home, but he didn't give up and followed through with his plan, I really like that about his personality he is very determined.

Chapter 23
"But somewhere ahead, through the blinding storm, he knew there was warmth and light."
This sentence holds so much meaning even though it's not very long. It basically says there will always be better times after hard gives you hope and confidence, that's why I like it.
(It reminds me of the saying "there's always a light at the end of the tunnel ^^)

I found something that fits very well into this context:
"There’s nothing left but the road ahead, so take my hand, take a leap, let’s make memories that we can keep, take a chance, take this plight, let’s start a new journey tonight.." 
especially the part "let's make memories that we can keep", because now that he is free of the community Jonas can start making his own memories and they won't be taken away from him like those he received from the Giver.

So just remember:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

As I said i still have to work on some chapters because I didn't have internet for a while, so here you go I will start with chapters 14 and 15, in this chapter Jonas receives not very pleasant memories. The first one is when he is with the sleigh on the hill again,but the ground is covered with ice, because of that he falls off the sleigh and injures himself badly, he is in pain and lies there all alone with no one to help him. Now Jonas is the only one in the community beside the Giver who has ever experienced pain, that's another thing that excludes him from the rest of the community.
Next he is to experience the feeling of hunger like a raging animal clawing into his empty stomach. The memory after that is the one of war there's suffering everywhere, but Jonas has to endure it for the sake of the community. The people in the community prefer one of them to suffer instead of all of them, they choose to give up all the feelings and memories in order to avoid pain and suffering. I found a picture that fits well with this context...

^ that could be the battle field Jonas sees in the memory
^ the hunger he has to experience

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My Homework on chapters 18 and 19:

In chapter 18 the Giver tells Jonas what happened to the Receiver-in-training before him, she was a girl named Rosemary, the Giver loved her just as much as he loves Jonas,but she couldn't handle the memories so she applied for release, that's why Jonas can't apply for release. Like that the community had to deal with all the memories she had received by themselves. In chapter 19 watches the release of the twin and learns the meaning behind the release => death....

I like those two chapters a lot you can relate with the feelings of the Giver and Jonas really well. The Giver's feeling of loss and pain, because of the release of Rosemary and Jonas who is totally shocked, because his father lied to him and killed the little newborn child so easily he is shocked by the indifference of the community, that they do as they are told and don't question their actions.

I found a quote that fits really well with this context in my opinion:

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.  
-Leo Buscaglia

Like that the Giver always remebered Rosemary although the rest of the community choose to forget her, because he loved her.... I really like that quote, because it's so true...

My feelings while reading:

When Jonas father got the syringe and put it to the little ones head I was like he isn't doing what I think he's doing...

but he did it, he killed the poor kid and I was all like....


Well, that's it for today ^^

cr: don't own any of the images just had them saved on my computer