Book vs. Movie

book by Veronica Roth
screenplay by Evan Daugherty & Vanessa Taylor

I talked about the fashion sense of Divergent yesterday and today I'm going to talk about the actual substance of it all ~ Book & Movie.  Let's start with the Book first.

Summary Without Spoilers
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.  During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made.  Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My Thoughts

The Cover: It definitely caught my eye.  The big fire eye and the city in the background with the dark sky was very intriguing to me. I will admit that I do judge books by their cover.  Who doesn't, really?  Plus, it's blue and that is one of my favorite colors.  I tend to be drawn to pink, blue, green, red, purple books...well, pretty much any color but black.  My book shelves at home are very colorful.

The Premise: Very cool!  The idea of Factions, to me, was similar to different levels of the class system.  Knowing that it was set in the future definitely interested me, because I like to see how an author portrays that. I seem to be really into futuristic story lines and post-apocalyptic worlds as well. 

The Characters: I really connected with Tris, the main character.  She has to choose between her family and herself.  That can't be an easy decision to make.  I felt like I was going through this journey with her. I love it when I'm that emotionally committed to a character like that.  Four, Tris's love interest, was hard for me to like at first. He's so closed off and rude in the beginning that I really didn't like him.  Her friends and family I liked and then the characters you're not supposed like I didn't like. Haha!  I really got committed to the characters and I'm in the third book right now and am still holding strong with Tris. 

The World: This is a world I definitely would not want to live in.  It's set in the future, but we don't know exactly when. It takes place in Chicago; or at least what used to be Chicago.  I've been to Chicago and even lived there as a child and loved it.  This version of Chicago, no thanks!  The world of the Faction that Tris chooses is underground and all stone. That's just weird to me.  There are abandoned buildings everywhere and it just feels so empty.

The Love Story: I expected it, simply because I had seen previews for the movie. I like Tris and Four together, but they annoy the heck out of me all the time.  They fight all the time and it's almost like, why are they together?!?! Now, there are some pretty hot scenes between them in the first book. All they do is makeout, but it's super hot!

Overall Thoughts of the Book: 

I'm giving it 4 stars.  I was pulled into the story right away and I read it in just over a week.  We're talking about a 500 page book here.  I thought it was fantastic. I went to the store and bought Insurgent and Allegiant the very next day. If you like Young Adult novels, futuristic story lines, and survival stories, then I definitely think you'll like Divergent.

Now let's talk about the Movie.

My Thoughts

The Movie Poster: It's super cool!  It makes them look like Super Heroes. I'm sort of kidding.  I do like the background of the city and the sky. It definitely gives you an idea of what kind of condition they are living in before you see the movie.

The Characters: I thought the movie was very well cast.  Shailene Woodley was great as Tris.  I felt connected to her character and to me that's one of the most important parts.  I didn't like Theo James at first, but once we really got into the movie I can see why they cast him and not someone like Liam Hemsworth or Chris Evans.  Although, I think Liam would have done a great job as Four, but he's got that whole Hunger Games thing going.  As good as Shailene and Theo were, I think the character of Eric was cast the best.
Jai Courtney is PERFECT as Eric.  I don't think there could have been anyone else that played that role. Kate Winslet did a good job too..I love her!

The World: I think the way they portrayed the city and the world in which they live was pretty on the mark.  I think the way I imagined it while reading the book matched pretty well what I saw on screen.  Again, it might be because I'd seen previews for the movie too.  There were a couple things that were different from what I imagined and I liked my imagination better on these. The Abnegation sector was totally different from what I imagined. I pictured it more as a regular neighborhood, but in the movie the homes were more stone and Flinstoney.  The Dauntless sector was grey stone and the Pit definitely wasn't what I imagined while reading the book.  I pictured it much larger and more of a red clay colored stone.  In the book (my head) the Chasm was waaaay bigger and seem more dangerous than the way it was depicted in the movie.  The other thing was the Pit.  In the book I thought the Pit was the social location of things, but in the movie it's also where they trained.  Thinking back to the book I wonder if they trained in the Pit, but I can't remember.  I definitely pictured it more separated while I was reading it.

The Love Story: ANNOYING! Even more annoying than in the book.  Four isn't nice to her at all in the beginning. There's one scene where Tris says something to him and he resonds, "What makes you think you can talk to me?" I'm pretty sure he never said that to her in the book.  I felt like the only reason she was interested in him was because he's kinda hot and the only reason he was interested in her was because she's Divergent.  They came together way too easily.  However, when they do get together they're super cute.

Overall Thoughts of the Movie
I think that if I hadn't read the book I would have like it a lot more.  It was good, but they changed a few things and totally changed part of the ending.  They left a character out that is critical to the rest of the series.  There are these simulations in several parts of the story that, I think, are very important.  The simulations are super shortened and I thought it took away from showing what Tris is capable of and what her fears are.
For the most part it was pretty close to the book and I understand that you can't put every single detail from a book into a movie. I get that.
So, if you haven't read the book, then I think you'll really like the movie.