* TropeNamer: ReleasedToElsewhere
* WordOfGod: For a while, Lois Lowry refused to explain the GainaxEnding, which could be interpreted as either the main character's [[spoiler:triumphant escape from his dystopian society or a DyingDream 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, [[spoiler:"Jonas is alive, by the way. You don't have to ask that one."]]
** Not too much of a stretch considering he's mentioned in the Sequel ''Literature/GatheringBlue'' and plays a key character in the 3rd book, ''Messenger''.
* DawsonCasting: The film has 24-year-old Brenton Thwaites as [[AgeLift 18]]-year-old Jonas.
* DyeingForYourArt: Music/TaylorSwift dyed her famous blonde tresses dark for her role as Rosemary.
* FollowTheLeader: The film is one of the many film adaptations of YoungAdult books with dystopian settings, spawned from the success of ''Film/TheHungerGames''.