One More Chapter
A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
Yes, I am a fan of Divergent. And proud of it.
I read the book, written by Veronica Roth, a couple years ago by now, I think.
It was an instant connection to the plot, characters, everything. I was hooked within the first chapter. I think I finished it within about a few days and I couldn't wait until the next one. Unfortunately it wasn't published yet and I had to wait, which is always the worst because by the time it it released to the public, you aren't able to recall the details of the previous novel.
Anyways, so it had been a while since I read the book, and I didn't reread it before attending the premiere of the movie, so I was reminded of various events as the film progressed.
In all, I was very pleased with the film and thought that it was really well adapted from the novel. There will always be some things that they just can't fit in, which I completely understand. As it is the movie was already 2 1/2 hours and I don't think that it would have been smart to have made it any longer for it would be a bit dragging for those less invested (if it were me, it could sit there and stare at the screen for five hours if it meant getting every detail into the movie).
The one thing that slightly bothered me was that they didn't put a lot of emphasis on Tris, the protagonist of the series', friends. In the novel Tris literally had only her friends friends (Will, Christina, Al, Uriah and a few others) when going through the horrible trials of the Dauntless Initiates. While, yes, there was a budding romance between her and Four/Tobias growing throughout the story, it didn't really surface until 3/4ths of the way into the novel. In the film they don't really touch on Christina and Will's relationship, or Al's love for Tris, or who Al really is at all. Neither do they even mention Edward or Uriah except for their names appearing on the scoreboard, which no one would pick out and notice. Therefore as certain characters are killed off (I won't say which ones or how many) there isn't as much of an emotional impact as there would otherwise have been, nor as there was when reading the book. Also - what happened to Edward being stabbed in the eye with a fork by Peter? That did happen and is how Edward is picked out of the crowd in the opening scene of the third novel...anyways..that was a bit frustrating.
But Other than these small upsets, the movie did fairly well in following the plot of the novel and respecting the story line and characters. The sets were fantastic and the Dauntless outfits were to die for, and I also wish I had a tattoo just like Tris', but unfortunately I already have three birds on the back of my shoulder, so that won't be happening.
I definitely recommend seeing the movie for all those who are interested or who have read the book(s). Shailene Woodley was a pleasant surprise as the character of Tris and who wouldn't want to stare at Theo James for a solid 2.5 hours? Though I will admit that he had a bit of an accent slip in one scene and it sounded rather odd, but all in all I can forgive him since...well, just look at him.
I will definitely will be purchasing this one when it comes out on DVD!
Thank you for reading,
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