Oh no, am I late?! I have been so busy lately, but I have so much to say about this topic, I’m going to write on it anyway. Book to movie adaptions- something that really strikes strongly with me. And one I’ve really been wanting to talk about lately was the Divergent movie.
This post is for Armchair BEA, by the way, but I didn’t add my button because of the lateness. Is BEA already over? Honestly I have no clue. I’m the white rabbit running out of the loop. But I just want to be able to write about this topic!
A lot of people loved the Divergent movie- and I can see why. The actors were decent, the special effects were good and- most importantly always- it followed the book. But honestly, I hated it. Why? Well, let’s look at the reasons I loved the book:
- Character development between Four and Tris.
- Conflict of Tris learning to become brave, normally accompanied by her terror.
- Tris’s curiosity as to what she is and what it means, and the danger that follows.
Are we missing something here?
Yes. We are. Feeling.
Yes, the characters went where they were supposed to and did what they did in the book, but there was no feeling behind it. I can see the director placed a lot of importance on following the book directly, and maybe this was a good idea because everyone seemed to love the movie, but to me the movie seemed like a big hodge podge of “did we follow that plot line? Yes? Ok, on to the next one.”
The entire movie’s goal was getting from point A to point B!
So yes Tris climbs the Ferris Wheel, and damn that Ferris Wheel looked good, but you never find out that it was one of the things that interested Four in her.
So yes Four shows Tris his fears, something it’s unlikely he’s done for anyone before, but you don’t have any idea how hard this was for him and how significant it was for Tris.
So yes Tris ends up on top of the list due to her divergence, but you have no sense of that- even though she’s deemed most brave- she’s terrified of everyone around her, even her friends.
I’m glad they followed the plot in the book, I really am. But I felt no connection in the characters, no significance in the events- hell I wouldn’t even have known the side characters’ names if I hadn’t read the book! (There was one character that I knew was going to die later and I asked the people I was watching the movie with “do you know his name?” They didn’t. I doubt we’ll feel anything when he dies that’s not “oh. Too bad.”) Overall, I was bored watching Divergent, and after about halfway through I was just steaming the with indignance of it. I find it hard to believe even the director was emotionally invested in this film. I guess the whole point was to follow the book so people wouldn’t rave (remember Avatar: The Last Airbender? UGH) and make a whole ton of money.
What about you? Did you like the Divergent movie? Do you think I’m just flat out wrong? I’m interested in your opinion!