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The Divergent Series-Book vs. Movie Review/Rant-Mostly rant

SPOILERS

I am placing a spoiler alert at the beginning of this post because I just can’t help myself.

Divergent

This isn’t going to include characters or anything like that but just give an overall view of the book/movie.

I read all three books before the movie adaptations, and I have read Divergent multiple times (it is my favorite).

The book to movie adaptation was actually really good. Surprisingly so considering the last two adaptations (wtf happened?). We are introduced to Beatrice *Tris* (Shailene Woodley) early on in the movie, her faction, and her family. We see her struggle with trying to understand why she is different and what leads to her ultimate decision to join the Dauntless faction. There we see her change as she grows into the woman she will eventually become and as she falls in love with the delicious Four (Theo James). The movie leaves out some important characters (mainly Uriah) which is frustrating and messes up the rest of the movie adaptations.

Overall the movie does the book justice. There are some changes like when her mom comes to see her at the Dauntless place (it doesn’t happen that way in the book) but that change I can live with. The reason this bit about Divergent is so short is because the other two adaptations have left me with the feeling that I watched a standalone movie and something that wasn’t even based on a book.

Although the credits claim that the movie was based on the book series by Veronica Roth, what it should really say is LOOSELY based on the book series… No kidding.

Onward and upward

Insurgent

Let’s be honest, if you read the book and then watched the movie you had more than one moment where your mouth was gaping wide open in a “whaaaa” look… I left the theater angry, livid is a better word. As a fan I was beyond disappointed to see one of my favorite series changed in a way that didn’t even feel like the same story.

Story line

Um, let’s see. In the book people you care about get shot and killed, people get betrayed even though they’re trying to be nice, and some real shit goes down. Remember the bridge bit? Or what about when Tris and the others climb over the ladder to get to the Erudite building? Remember when that one guy fell off the ladder and got killed? Oh you didn’t read the book? Never mind then.

Some important moments that happened in the book did not take place in the movie and it killed it. And what the hell is that box? What is any of that stuff supposed to be about? Where did that whole idea come from?

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I believe drugs were involved in the making of this film

It is safe to say that the movie is vastly different from the book that it honestly felt like I was watching a movie not from the book.

The characters

Theo James’ acting is far superior to that of Shailene Woodley and it ruins the movie. Her acting is much like Nicholas Cage, same person over and over and over. Though that doesn’t mean that all of her acting skills in other movies (Fault in our Stars) it just isn’t what we needed in this series. She fit well in Divergent but didn’t grow with the character. Tris is a hardened soldier that has some breaks here and there due to all the trauma that has been dealt to her. She is a strong character that has seen some shit but we don’t see that in these last two films. I see a whiny little girl who doesn’t get her way. Instead of pulling strength from her pain like she does in the books, she allows it to cripple her in the movie. And again with the box… Just, why?

Now watch this:

Allegiant

This is what kicked off this whole post because I just got done watching it. I am honest when I say it has been a minute since I have read the book, however that is what the internet is for.

I have a hard time believing a movie is based on a book when, in two hours, it has 26 book to movie changes. Which means that the majority of the movie was changed… Does that give you much hope? IMDB gave the movie a 5.8/10 rating, Rotten Tomatoes (who I hate the majority of the time) gave it a 13%… A 13%.

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Whoever decided this was a good idea needs to lose their job

I honestly feel that Insurgent and Allegiant would be far better if they left out all of the CGI garbage and the techie stuff. It was unnecessary and takes away from the story. It is distracting.

With all of that aside the comparison between book and movie is just… awful. It isn’t even necessary for me to make this connection for you in sections like I usually do. It was all put on display for you in the second paragraph of this section. Literally. If you can’t decide how awful the movie is compared to the book, then you don’t get out much.

Every scene felt made up. I was turning to my husband every inch of the way and saying, “Yeah, that didn’t happen. And that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen.” I mean if you’re gonna take the base of a story and turn it into your own, why even bother naming it after the book? Why waste your time?

Continuing on. A bit of an aside but it has recently come to light that the next installment of the Divergent series won’t even make it to the big screen…. I will let that sink in for a moment. Meanwhile, go read that article here. HAHAHAHA! You plan to take the movie series that isn’t even based on the books anymore and turn it into a TV movie and then make a spinoff?? What spinoff? Who is okay with this?

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I read one where the title says something about Divergent fans aren’t happy about the news. Read that here. I am a huge fan of the books. Huge. Like it is one of my top five favorite series. That’s why I am so mad that they completely dropped the ball on the movie. Do I care if it ends? Not really. I didn’t go see Allegiant on the big screen because I remembered how livid I was after watching Insurgent. I wasn’t going to waste my money on Allegiant much less Ascendant.

Ugh, and they’re wanting to make it into a TV show. Uh, have you seen The Mortal Instruments show? Come on people, let it go (not a reference to Frozen).

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… and into the left field

……..

Conclusion

A little advice to producers, directors, and whomever else, when you wanna make a movie off of a book make sure that you don’t create something unrecognizable by real fans.

Sincerely,

Pissed off fan.

 

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I Just Wanna Grow Up

I remember being twelve and waiting and waiting until my thirteenth birthday. I couldn’t wait to become a teenager, to be more “grown up.” I thought that once I got a little bit older that people around me, mostly my family, would finally stop and listen to what I had to say and value my opinion. Basically, what every person in the entire world desires; to have a voice.

We all want to be heard, respected, and listened to.

I wish I could tell you that, as I have aged, that my voice has become more prominent and that people actually stop to hear what I have to say. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

I wanna tell you that, as you get older, that people will listen to you and value your wisdom, but I would be lying to you.

Even now I am stuck in thinking that people will only listen to me or believe me once I get a bit older. Obviously that is not the case.

Once I turn eighteen people will get me. Once I turn twenty-one people will listen to me. Once I turn thirty I will have a voice. Once I have children people will respect me. Once I turn fifty my voice will be valued. Once I retire people will think I am knowledgeable.

When does this ever end?

Once I die people will finally understand that I knew more than they thought…

People seem to believe that with age comes wisdom and that if you haven’t experienced it outright that you have no voice in a situation. I don’t believe that.

I believe that people work together to make each other better. We should value the experiences we each have and learn from each other. Instead we live in a world full of competition and an I-am-better-than-you attitude. In other words, we are stuck up jerks.

But some people are placed in our lives to push us and to be there at a specific moment when they are needed.

For instance:

When I worked at a clothing store last year, in a black hole town, I felt like my life wasn’t going anywhere. We were stuck.

One day I was folding clothes and folding clothes and folding clothes. It had been a rough week and I was just done. As I was folding one of my best friends and a previous associate came over to me. We started talking about the world, life, and everything. We got on the subject of dreams. Not the kind you have a night but the kind that we think of all the time, the ones that drive us to do the ridiculous things we do. I told them that my dreams were not going to come true in black hole America. They told me to move. I told them that was impossible. And they asked me why…

Because I didn’t have enough money.

Because that isn’t where I saw my life going.

Because I thought it was impossible.

I ended up crying by the end of the conversation because I knew I wasn’t where I was supposed to be. I mean at THAT moment I was supposed to be there because I needed to be pushed, I needed to hear them tell me that nothing was impossible.

A month or two later I was talking to my mother-in-law and she offered to let us come live with them in a different town while we went back to college and got degrees. The idea was initially ridiculous to me. Go live with my in-laws? No thanks. Two weeks later I was thinking about the conversation I had while folding clothes. I then knew what was next.

It has been a year since we made the decision to move and almost a year since the move. I am happy that we came here and I am pumped to keep living this adventurous life with my husband.

What does any of this have to do with growing up and people not respecting us? The two people I spoke with, who pushed me, were both younger than me. They saw something in myself, and those around them, that I could not see or was refusing to see.

Age has nothing to do with vision, dreams, and wisdom.

At an early age I had more wisdom then some people who have lived three times as long as I have. I have seen people fall, fail, and then pick themselves up. I have lived in a bubble town and witnessed the effects it had on its inhabitants. I am living. Despite what people may think of my age (too young) I have seen more than some of my peers.

The next time you go to be stuck up to someone who is younger than you because “they just don’t understand” stop and listen to them, they may know a bit more than you or have a bit of insight on the matter.

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