katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I enjoyed seeing Gallery 7's production of The Giver. They used almost all grey costuming. Colour for the apple, a little bit of red lighting for moments of Jonas Seeing Beyond, and the memories (projected on screens at the back of the stage). They had Rosemary come on in the Giver's room as he remembered her, silent, and then moments from the end, placing the sled in the snow.
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I haven't seen the Lego movie and don't plan to see The Giver movie so my imagining is a little from the trailer I saw but mostly from visualising images from the novel, but I have this ridiculous idea that "Everything is Awesome" would work as the song for a vid.

We're the same, I'm like you, you're like me
We're all working in harmony

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you're part of a team
Everything is awesome when we're living our dream

Have you heard the news, everyone's talking
Life is good 'cause everything's awesome
Lost my job, it's a new opportunity
More free time for my awesome community
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
Plucked from the shelf near Son because a one-word title shelved in YA is very likely to be an issue book (see [personal profile] rachelmanija on the one-word problem novel) and might be entertaining: Choke by Diana López.

Two pages in:
"which is cool when the teachers forget to ask for my opinion, which is double cool since I don't have an opinion most of the time, at least not one they would care about. Honestly, I don't know how I feel about the president or YouTube or The Giver, a book we had to read in English class."

Third part

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 06:03 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I suppose that, because of the title, I should not have imagined that Son is ultimately about Claire. But the final part of Son is boy sent on a quest to destroy a malevolent force using his special power, knowledge, and love.

Not much interesting character settup!

Son so far

Sunday, April 7th, 2013 11:41 am
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
The first part of Son takes place in the same Community as The Giver, spanning maybe three years.

The second part time-skips through the main character staying in an isolated place where the people have some similarity to those in Gathering Blue, but makes even less sense as a cohesive or interesting way of life. Then sudden mystical elements come into play.

I'm assuming the last third of the book will be one more section, probably linked in with Messenger somehow. Possibly the mystical element I found so out of place already had to do with that? I did not like Messenger and have never re-read it.

Updating

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 08:07 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
The Giver (first published in 1993) mentions a few books, folders containing "printed pages", and a recording shown on a "video screen".

Son (published in 2012) which begins less than a year prior to the events of The Giver and runs parallel, mentions computers, "the thick book of community regulations, [...] available on the monitor" (chapter three) and now (chapter eleven) readers: "Claire turned her reader on and skimmed the material".

That's jarring to me.

Reading

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 03:39 pm
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
I finally got Lois Lowry's novel Son from the library and have started reading it. As I expected, I am all of a-twitch about new canon, well, sort of new canon, pieces I shall most likely ignore but perhaps this will form its own interesting story.

Also, I keep remembering a point I read years ago about how using the realworld term "birthmother" is problematic.
katherine: A line of books on a shelf, in greens and browns (books)
A week or two back I discovered that there was published last year what Lois Lowry is calling the completion of "The Quartet".

About Gabe's mother.

That's going to be interesting to read and absorb...

I suspect that I will either ignore swathes of it, as I do with Gathering Blue which I try not to think of as happening in the same world as The Giver did, or Messenger which I try to forget altogether.

But nonetheless, interesting.
katherine: The Alot (a shaggy brown beast) wearing a santa hat. Words: I LIKE YULETIDE ALOT (yuletide)
Among the stories I wrote for Yuletide are two pieces of The Giver fan fiction.

One character-focused:

Lily Remembering (1428 words) for puella_nerdii
Fandom: The Giver - Lois Lowry
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lily (The Giver)
The morning Gabriel was to be released, Lily came to the table and saw only her mother there. "Your father went to his work early," Mother said.

"I don't get to wave bye to him. Or to Gabe," she said. "Or Jonas! What if they leave early tomorrow morning, and the next morning, and the next—"

Lily wanted to say that she felt angry.



One worldbuilding:

a mother too (320 words) for threeguesses
Fandom: The Giver - Lois Lowry
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
The Birthmothers are only a story the Community tells.

The concepts came up when I was discussing The Giver with my beta-reader in the process of writing the story that became "Lily Remembering", so in Yuletide Madness it was a joy to find threeguesses' request that mentioned worldbuilding and thus get to explore that set of ideas.


Of course I'm now toying with thoughts of how The Giver would work with daemons. Children in a dystopia with daemons felt sort of familiar... oh, right, I wrote a daemons piece for Matched some while back.

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