Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Giver

The Giver, originally uploaded by margotwood.
This is the 4th photograph in my series of photos inspired by young adult novels. Recently, I picked up a copy of The Giver by Lois Lowry - a novel I should have read in middle school, but sadly, never actually read it because I was too distracted at that age to actually read a book.

So when I finally got around to reading it this weekend, I couldn't put it down. I've read a lot of YA dystopian novels recently, but this one was very different from all the others I've read, and much more powerful. It left me debating with myself the meaning of certain elements in the book, particularly the color red and an apple.

I could sit here and debate with myself (or you) for hours on the significance of these two things as well as the ending (salvation or death?) but I don't want to be spoilery for anyone who hasn't read it yet. This is a classic YA novel that absolutely needs to be on the shelf of every YA lover out there, or anyone in general for that matter.

As for the photo, I knew I wanted to portray the red apple amongst "sameness" so finding a nicely textured background was the important part for me. Luckily, the tree outside my bedroom window has finally bloomed and its white flowers gave a nice lightness to the background that the apple could be held in front of.

I think if I were to redo this photo I would try to get an image of Jonas or The Giver in there, but since I don't personally know anyone who could fit those roles, I went with something simpler and easier to accomplish.

What other "classic" YA novels would you like to see me interpret?


  1. Yay I'm glad you liked the book! I'll be honest, it wasn't my favorite when I was reading it as a kid (3rd grade?) but it's one of those stories that, as I look back and analyze it, grows on me and increasingly impresses me. And hey, even after 15 years, there are some images that still stick out strongly in my mind, so obviously it was powerful!

    Another book like that, for me, was RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT. I'm not sure I read many other "classic YA" books... CATCHER IN THE RYE?

    Also, if you wanted, you could do books that we have to read as teens (even if they're not YA). Like the Odyssey, Romeo & Juliet, Wuthering Heights, etc.

    Then again, you probably don't need MORE books to choose from... :P

  2. Never read Ring of Endless Light, will have to check that one out! I have a really cool one planned for Ashfall by Mike Mullen. Now all I need to do this week is burn about 10 pounds of newspaper to get enough ash created. It's going to be more of a recreation of the cover or just a really cool, disturbing beauty shot.

  3. Just go find dumbledore , I'm sure he will sit in for you ;) haha , Love it! Simple and beautiful! The giver is one of my Absolute favorite books, I re read it probably close to once a year! and This is just a wonderful way to honor it! ( don't forget to read the next two in series! a bit different, but they fill in some of the gaps! ) Cannot wait to see more from you !!

  4. Ooooh! Love this! I would love to see your interpretation of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer! Or The Scorpio Races! Just finished that one and loved it!

  5. Simple and perfect! I also love the textures to the photograph, and the focus.

  6. Oh. My. Gosh. This is beautiful!! This was my FAVORITE book growing up. I still obsess about it. This picture captures the whole essence of the book perfectly. Just amazing!

  7. The red apple scene was such an important event in the book so I'm glad you chose that to represent The Giver. This was one of my favorite books while growing up. I should reread it as an adult, I'm pretty sure I'll still love it.

    I would love for you to interpret The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. :) I'm not sure if it's considered classic YA but it did get a Newbery award. It's the first book in the Queen's Thief series, one of my absolute favorite series of all time.