Divergent The Book = Phenomenal. Divergent The Movie = Disappointing

By Kamille Sullivan

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Ever loved a book so much that you read it in the dark until 3:00 in the morning because you wanted to know the ending? Yeah, me too. But ever hated the movie so much that you never wanted to read the book ever again because it was so disgraceful? Again, same. This explains my burning hatred for the Divergent movie.

To start off, Divergent’s casting was below average. I remember specifically in the book Christina (Tris’s best friend) was way taller than her, and this was something that was constantly mentioned in the book. And in the movie, the girl that played Tris, Shailene Woodley, was taller than Christina’s actress, Zoe Kravitz. The frustration I experienced when I first realized that made me infuriated.divergent

Also, let’s not forget the absence of some of most important characters: Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn. They weren’t too involved in the book, but in the sequel, Insurgent, all three of those characters played an extremely crucial role.

Another point to go across is the pace of the story, such as the transition from Tris completing her trials. And don’t even get me started on her Four’s romance, which almost seemed like the writers to the move were forcing it down the audience’s throats. It didn’t make any sense. The two literally had a limited amount of one-on-one time and then suddenly they’re making out with a passion of a thousand burning suns.

The only justification that one could make to show Four’s interest in Tris is when he lets her into his simulation to show her his four fears, hence his nickname. But still, for a hardcore fan like me, that just wasn’t enough to convince me that Four actually liked Tris.

It was uncomfortable, and the two seemed like they had no bond even before pursuing romantic interest in each other. And as a person who had read Divergent multiple times, I was surprised at at how fast their relationship was paced.  

Some of the things in the movie, such as Tris realizing that her mother was Dauntless before switching to Abnegation, seemed too far-fetched to real. In the book, the idea of visiting day, which was how originally Tris found the truth to her mother, that idea seemed much more realistic.

Yeah, just some books are meant to stay books, and this is a prime example of that.