- Trope Namer: Released to Elsewhere
- Word of God: For a while, Lois Lowry refused to explain the Gainax Ending, which could be interpreted as either the main character's triumphant escape from his dystopian society or a Dying Dream as he froze to death. However, after asking if anyone had any questions at the author Q&A of the 2009 National Book Festival in Washington, DC, Lowry added, "Jonas is alive, by the way. You don't have to ask that one."
- Dawson Casting: The film has 24-year-old Brenton Thwaites as 16-year-old Jonas.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Taylor Swift dyed her famous blonde tresses dark for her role as Rosemary.
- Follow the Leader: The film is one of the many film adaptations of Young Adult books with dystopian settings, spawned from the success of The Hunger Games.