Ok let me just clarify. There is a HUGE difference between the actual book and the movie. I’ve read the entire series and I’m here to tell you that the master minds behind movie 1 actually did a far better job than the makers of book 1… (Let the backlash begin). Granted, with every book that is made into a movie, there are certain bits and pieces of the story that don’t make the final cut into the movie. I do hope you are aware of this. Keeping this in mind before I watch any book on the big screen, I watch with open criticism and flexibility. We are all entitled to our own opinion and here is mine:
The book itself was an easy read. And, just like with any book, there are more details of certain interpersonal relationships with each character and a more painted picture of the back story. One thing I noticed right away with the book, is this
- It’s an easy read (previously stated). Pick up your own copy for proof.
It’s not any different than any other teen post-apocalyptic “fighting to save humanity” series that’s currently making its way through the big screens of Hollywood. Quite honestly, if you have read the series, Divergent isn’t that much different than Hunger Games.
Sorry that I’m not sorry if I just ruined it for you.
So what is the basic plot? Female average-looking teen lives in a futuristic tragic society. She feels insignificant to that society and doesn’t know her place in the grand scheme of things. There is some boy involvement as she transitions and blossoms into Xena Warrior Princess within a 3 book collection. That pretty much sums it up.
But why, in this case, is movie 1 a better final product than book 1?
Book 1: Divergent
As mentioned a couple of times above, and stated here again, the plot is practically the same as Hunger Games. If my memory serves me correctly, it doesn’t get too “boy crazy” until book 2, Insurgent. Again, there are more details and back stories of how the society is held together in a controlled environment and segregated, yet “making things work as a team”. The main star of Divergent is an average girl next door who loves her family. She struggles with decisions that will affect the future of her and her family.
Some quirky “snag” in the system drastically alters her path and begins a series of events. She is forced to be separated from her home and grow into Xena. Along the way, Xena discovers feelings towards a boy and faces the internal struggles of young love. Meanwhile, her entire society is going down in a hail of gunfire.
This is why the book is “alright”….
Movie 1: Much better
“Why?” Do you ask? Welp, because it just is. With the flexibility of intricate book details missing from the movie, they did a very good job of providing enough for the movie watcher to understand the basic plot of what the hell is going on, AND they toned down the mooshy “I don’t know if he likes me” crap on the big screen; which matured the storyline.
I find teen love confusion and miscommunication annoying.
There were a couple of scenes I wish were included and/or done differently. For example, Edward receives a horrendous injury to the face (Not being too specific for those I hold out hope for to actually read the book) which I don’t remember that being in the movie at all? Someone correct me on this if I’m wrong.
Also, the scene where Tris is attacked and almost thrown over the chasm is, in my opinion, way more of a dramatic scene in the book vs the movie. There are many more differences, but like I said, it’s movieland and it’s going to happen. Either way, over all better job with the movie. Good work.