9 things to know about 'The Giver'

KUSA – Even though it's not getting the best reviews, for children of the 1990s and early 2000s, the movie adaption of "The Giver" is still a must-see, given that it was taught in basically every middle school classroom.

The movie opens on Friday, and has been trending on Twitter and Facebook for the past week.

RELATED: Check out USA TODAY's review here

Here are 9 things to know about the book and its movie adaption:

1. "The Giver" follows hero Jonas, who lives in a utopian future where pain and depth are eliminated from people's lives in favor of "sameness." Jonas is chosen to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, who stores the memories of what happened before "Sameness." The memories are given to him by the aptly named "Giver."

2. Even though it won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies, "The Giver" is one of the most challenged books in the country given its adult themes.

3. In the novel, Jonas and his friends are 12 years old. They are aged up four years in the movie.'

4. Taylor Swift was offered the role of Rosemary a week after a Los Angeles concert where she had no idea that the filmmakers were in the audience.

5. Jeff Bridges, who plays the titular role, has wanted to make a film of the book since he optioned it in 1996

6. The book, which takes place in a dystopian future, has no set time period. Author Lois Lowry's son estimates that it takes place 50 years from now.

7. The role of the chief elder in the book is very small, but it's beefed up in the movie because…Meryl Streep

8. The novel is the first in a loose quartet based in the dystopian future.

9. Author Lois Lowry was inspired to write the novel after the death of her father, who had Alzheimer's. This, according to an interview with Buzzfeed, got her thinking about the possibly of writing about people who had found a way to manipulate human memory.

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