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YA Movie Countdown: The Potential Pros and Cons of Adapting ‘The Giver’

The_Giver_Book_CoverWhen you’re adapting a book that’s been showered in recognition and is in just about every single grade school curriculum across the country, you’re going to have your work cut out for you. However, if you do it right, the source material’s renowned status could bolster the film’s impact, and hopefully that will be the case with The Weinstein Company’s adaptation of The Giver.

What It’s About

In case you’re like me and managed to avoid reading Lois Lowry’s The Giver in middle school and high school, the story takes place in a society of “sameness.” As children get older, they get different items and/or privileges depending on their age. Each December, those turning seven get a front-button jacket, the eights are allowed to begin volunteer hours, the nines get bicycles, the tens get haircuts, and the elevens receive more mature garments. But it’s the final ceremony, the Ceremony of Twelve, that’s the big one because that’s the age at which a child must swap his or her volunteer hours, and essentially their youth, for a job assignment.

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9 Big-Screen Bad Girls You Love To Hate

Who doesn’t love a big-screen bad girl?

On October 7th, Juno Temple hits the big screen as Danielle in Dirty Girl, a sassy teen growing up in Oklahoma and a self-proclaimed whore. Living up to her bad reputation, Danielle convinces another school outcast Clarke (Jeremy Dozier) to steal his father’s car with which the two make a mad dash to Los Angeles so Clarke can escape the ridicule and she can find her father.

Most prefer to steer clear of firebrands like Danielle in real life, but on film they can be some of the most colorful people to spend time with. While Temple’s character isn’t nearly as ruthless and mean-spirited as some of these ladies, Dirty Girl is certainly an excellent excuse to look back at some awesome big-screen female baddies.

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