Friday, May 13, 2016

The movie does a good job respecting the book

The Giver
Hannah Kirven
5/12/16

A getaway motorcycle instead of a bike, birthmarks instead of blue eyes, these are some of the slight changes in The Giver movie from the book. In class we just finished reading The Giver and we also watched the movie. I really liked both, there were differences but most of them didn’t make that much of a change. Despite the changes, I think The Giver movie does a good job respecting the book because the movie sticks to the main story line, the changes enhance the movie with more excitement and the movie gives a good visual of what life in the community is like.
Despite the changes, I think The Giver movie does a good job respecting the book because the movie sticks to the main story line. I think the movie did an excellent job at following the storyline and the events in order. Yes, there were changes but not so big that it was very noticeable and bad. For example, in the book Fiona was a caretaker of the old and in the movie she was a nurturer. In the movie, they saw the birthmarks instead of eyes so it is easier to see. These things didn’t really change much and the movie also did a good job of following the plot line event for event.
Despite the changes, I think The Giver movie does a good job respecting the book because the changes enhance the movie with more excitement. For example, they cast the Chief Elder as the villain to create more hidden conflict. There is also small things that they changed like using a motorcycle instead of a bike just to look cool. I really like how the movie did this because it still was the same as the book it just added action and a Jonas/Giver vs Chief Elder conflict. Fiona also helped Jonas escape the community, which was a big change but still flowed with the rest of the story.
    Despite the changes, I think The Giver movie does a good job respecting the book because the movie gives a good visual of what life in the community is like. In my head I didn’t exactly get what the community looked like or how everything was placed but after watching the movie I understood it and now the book makes a lot more sense to me. At the end of The Giver it kind of left us hanging and unsure of what happened and if he ever made it out, but now I know that he did and everyone received his memories.
Despite the changes, I think The Giver movie does a good job respecting the book because the movie sticks to the main story line, the changes enhance the movie with more excitement and the movie gives a good visual of what life in the community is like. I understood the book but the movie made everything much clearer and more exciting, that is why I think they go great together.

Word Count: 510




Friday, March 11, 2016

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender                
Hannah Kirven
3/10/16
Coward: 5

“Hey Papa, could we start the interview now?” “Hi Pumpkin, yes go ahead.” I decided to do this interview on my grandpa, I chose him because he grew up in a different area than me and I want to know what it was like. This interview was over the phone, both of my grandparents were there. I texted them the night before telling them about the interview, and they said we will call me tomorrow. They were driving home from spending four weeks in Florida. Since it was getting late for them, they were trying to find a hotel to stay at. In the background I heard my grandma say “don’t listen to her she doesn’t know where we are going” talking about the navigation system.  I could hear the other cars driving and the muffle sound that a car makes. Because they were driving, the phone kept going in and out, and it was very hard to hear them. This interview happened on March third around 4:30 our time.

My grandpa is always happy to see us since we only see each other twice a year. This is because he lives in Ohio and we live in California which is 2,139 miles away. He says “what” a lot because he doesn’t have very good hearing. My grandpa has a squarish shaped face, a little bit of wrinkles, crystal blue eyes and medium gray hair. He wears rectangle shaped glasses and a hearing aid. My grandpa is a very nice guy and love to help me with homework, building stuff, etc. He has a soft, sweet voice and talks with a redneck accent when he’s trying to be funny. He is about 5’10’’ and is 74 years old. Now onto the interview.

My first question was where he grew up. “Wadsworth, Ohio” he replied, he still lives there today. I could hear my grandma repeating my words to my grandpa, so he could answer the question. Following that, “what was the hardest part about growing up?” I said. “Ummmm (long pause) there wasn’t really anything, I guess being in before the street lights were on” he said. “Because if I didn’t, I would get grounded for like a week,” he added. My next question was what were his grades like in middle school. He said that he wasn’t an A student he was average. “So like B’s and C’s Hannah” my grandma said as she chimed in. “ I rarely got A’s, I had to try very hard,” my grandpa added.



I also wondered what his favorite sports were as a kid, he played football and basketball, but basketball was his favorite. His nickname as a kid was “the great pretender” but I’m not quite sure why. My last and most important question was, do you remember any major wars growing up. He said yes, the Vietnam War. “They needed lots of soldiers so they were drafting a lot of people, they drafted my brother, Dennis but before he got on the plane they told him that he didn’t have to go.” His other brother, Fred joined the war. I followed up with asking, “what was it like during the war?” He said it was very scary and hard to think about because “many of my buddies got drafted and were killed there.”

I learned that my grandfather was a pretty cool guy but had some hard times in his life during the war. I also never knew that he played basketball, he doesn’t seem like he would. But then again, you can’t judge a book by its cover. The most surprising thing I learned about my grandpa was that his brother was in the Vietnam War. I also was surprised that his nickname was “the great pretender,” it is kind of weird. I thanked my grandpa and wished both of them good luck on finding a hotel for the night, and then hung up.

Word Count: 656

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

No shoes for you?

Fudge really wants two pairs of shoes, because he can't decide. I think that he should just choose on, but Fudge threw a tantrum. I predict that he is going to get grounded, and his brother wants him to aswell.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Money Money Money!

Fudge is obsessed with money, his family doesn't like it. I think that it's okay to like money, but Fudges brother thinks that it is bad to like money. I predict that he will like money through out the book, but his parents think that it is just a phase.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bye Bye Tree

The owner of Juli's favorite sycamore tree is cutting it down! Juli refuses to get out of the tree. She knew she was never going to convince them, I would have just gotten out of the tree.

More eggs!!

Juli is giving Bryce's family fresh eggs for free but Bryce and his family think they might be fertilized but they don't want to ask. So Bryce looks over their fence and can't tell if there is a rooster or not. I would have just asked and got it over with.

Snakes and eggs?

Juli's brothers had Bryce come over and they scared him with showing him a snake swallowing eggs whole! This ruined the experience of eggs for Bryce. I don't think it would ruin eggs for me, I just think I would be scared of snakes.