Review: 'The Giver'By Jeff Labrecque, EWUpdated 6:30 PM ET, Fri August 15, 2014Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Alvin Schwartz's book series "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" is legendary for its ability to frighten the daylights out of its readers. Now, with a little help from screenwriter John August, Schwartz's work will come to life on the big screen. Here are more young adult titles that went from the bookshelf to the box office:Hide Caption 1 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Fans of Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" series are waiting with bated breath for the release of "Mockingjay -- Part 1" on November 21, 2014. That installment is the third release in the series, which also includes "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."Hide Caption 2 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The first novel in James Dashner's dystopian sci-fi trilogy "The Maze Runner" had a strong opening weekend in September 2014. Dylan O'Brien plays the young hero Thomas in a post-apocalyptic world. Hide Caption 3 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Author Gayle Forman's novel "If I Stay" came to the big screen in August, with Jamie Blackley as Adam and Chloe Moretz starring as Mia Hall.Hide Caption 4 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Lois Lowry's "The Giver" has been adapted into a movie starring newcomers Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. Thwaites portrays Jonas, the central character, who begins to realize that the utopia he was raised in isn't as perfect as it seems. Hide Caption 5 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The hotly anticipated film version of John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars" starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort reached theaters on June 6 and opened at No. 1. Hide Caption 6 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – An adaptation of Veronica Roth's bestselling first novel in her "Divergent" trilogy landed in theaters in March 2014, starring Shailene Woodley as protagonist Tris Prior and Zoe Kravitz as Christina.Hide Caption 7 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The beginning of Richelle Mead's popular "Vampire Academy" six-book series debuted in theaters February 2014. The story follows Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry), a vampire princess, and her bodyguard Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch, pictured here with Cameron Monaghan as Mason Ashford), at a boarding school for vampires and the half-human teens trained to protect them. Hide Caption 8 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The film adaptation of Markus Zusak's award-winning novel "The Book Thief" brings to life young Liesel's struggle to steal books and share them with the Jewish refugee in her home against the backdrop of WWII Germany. Sophie Nelisse plays Liesel Meminger in this story, narrated by Death. It reached the big screen in November 2013. Hide Caption 9 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Orson Scott Card's novel "Ender's Game," which began as a short story in 1977, finally made the jump to the big screen in November 2013, starring Asa Butterfield as Ender and Hailee Steinfeld as Petra.Hide Caption 10 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – After a lackluster August 2013 release for the adaptation of the first book in Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, production for the second film was initially put on hold. But one thing fans did seem to like about "City of Bones"? The casting, with Jemima West as Isabelle, Robert Sheehan as Simon, Lily Collins as Clary, Kevin Zegers as Alec and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace.Hide Caption 11 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's bestselling series opener "Beautiful Creatures," starring Alden Ehrenreich and Alice Englert, didn't fare well at the box office, but the books have sold millions of copies and the fan base continues to grow. A spinoff series of books, "Dangerous Creatures," is also in the works, thanks to 4 million new readers after the movie's debut in February 2013.Hide Caption 12 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Stephen Chbosky wrote "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and then adapted it into a successful film in 2012 starring Ezra Miller, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.Hide Caption 13 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – All seven of J.K. Rowling's books made the leap from page to screen, beginning with the first one in 2001 and wrapping up in 2011. It's been a trend to split the last book in a series into two films, with the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" franchises following suit. The success of the "Harry Potter" films also led to adaptations of "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Inkheart" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles," none of which replicated the success of "Potter." Pictured: Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.Hide Caption 14 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Author Stephenie Meyer signed on as producer for the last two films of her "Twilight" saga, as well as the adaptation of her novel "The Host." "Twilight" was also the first franchise to spark Summit Entertainment's interest in adapting young adult novels for the screen. Another vampire adaptation, "Cirque de Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," didn't inspire the same viewership, although L.J. Smith's "The Vampire Diaries" has found success on the small screen. Pictured: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Foy, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.Hide Caption 15 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – "The Hunger Games" franchise, starring Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, has been a hit. Based on Suzanne Collins' politically themed dystopian trilogy, "The Hunger Games" consists of four films: 2012's "The Hunger Games"; 2013's "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay Part I" and "Mockingjay Part II." The first "Mockingjay" film arrives in theaters in November. Hide Caption 16 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The first "Percy Jackson" adaptation, based on Rick Riordan's popular series, came out in 2010 and fans were struck by serious deviations from the original plot and even the hair color change for a main character, Annabeth. "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" continued the franchise in summer 2013 and gave Annabeth (played by Alexandra Daddario) back her original blond hair. Also pictured: Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson.Hide Caption 17 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Meg Cabot's popular "The Princess Diaries" series made the leap to the silver screen in 2001, a year after the first book published. After two films, the second of which deviated sharply from the books, Disney didn't pursue any more of the series. The bestselling books detailing the life of Mia Thermopolis (played by Anne Hathaway in the films), however, grew to include 17 titles. Hide Caption 18 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – The first of Christopher Paolini's successful Inheritance Cycle series, "Eragon" was adapted in 2006 during the fantasy boom, inspired by "Harry Potter." But the film, starring Ed Speleers, didn't reach the expectations of fans who adored the books. None of the other books have been adapted.Hide Caption 19 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – C.S. Lewis' famous series hit the big screen with "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" in 2005. The franchise continued with "Prince Caspian" in 2008 and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (pictured) in 2010. "The Silver Chair" has been announced, but there is no release date yet. Fans had mixed reactions to the films so far. The first movie grossed $291 million, while the third only netted $104 million. Pictured: Will Poulter, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley and Ben Barnes.Hide Caption 20 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Also part of the "Narnia" and "Harry Potter" fantasy boom, the first of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series hit the screen in 2007. It was full of star power, with Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman and newcomer Dakota Blue Richards as young Lyra, as well as plenty of CGI. But the series has yet to continue on the big screen.Hide Caption 21 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – This retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" starring Vanessa Hudgens was connected to Alex Flinn's book by name and little else, according to fans. But it allowed actor Alex Pettyfer to continue his string of young adult film projects in 2011. Pettyfer previously starred in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker." Hide Caption 22 of 23Young adult at the movies 23 photosYoung adult at the movies – Pittacus Lore's (pseudonym of James Frey and Jobie Hughes) science fiction series seemed like the perfect material for a film in 2011. But the sequel was shelved. However, Alex Pettyfer strikes again. Hide Caption 23 of 23Story highlightsThe film is based on the 1993 bookJeff Bridges fought to bring it to the screenEW gives it a C-There is a reason that Lois Lowry's 1993 book won the prestigious Newbery Medal and inspired millions of readers—as well as other dystopian YA best-sellers like The Hunger Games: It features children asking important questions and challenging draconian authority. But there also might be a good reason that the novel—which imagines a (literally) colorless, thought-controlled society that has banished memory of the past—took so long to finally come to the screen. Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent's Prince Phillip) plays Jonas, a young man who sees flickers of color in the dreary Brave New World of sameness around him. Because of his gift, he's chosen to be the next Receiver of Memories, the one person who bears all the pain—and pleasure—of humanity's past so that the government's status quo can be preserved. Unfortunately, his apprenticeship under the outgoing Receiver, a.k.a., the Giver (Jeff Bridges), is built upon cerebral gobbledygook that the screenplay and director Phillip Noyce never quite find a way to package visually.Instead, we get flashes of life's beauty and man's cruelty, and when desperate, more and more underlined dialogue about the power of human emotions and the shackles of sameness. Bridges, who spent nearly 20 years trying to bring the novel to the screen, seems trapped playing the passive seer, and Meryl Streep's villainous turn as the Jane Campion-haired Chief Elder will test the blind devotion of Golden Globe voters.In the end, the film practically collapses under its own...hmm, what's the opposite of 'weight'? In any case, it falls apart with a slapdash final act that doesn't work as drama or action and only serves to undermine Jonas's heroics. It's treated as a quest so non-Herculean that you wonder why the Giver didn't do the job himself years ago. Maybe he just lost interest too. EW Grade: C-See the original story at EW.com. More from showbiz5 surprises about CNN's Roger Ebert film, 'Life Itself'