Has anyone read the books from the Young Adult series “Divergent”? the movie based on the series is coming out soon and the studio is hoping it will become the next “Twilight” or “Hunger Games”. The last couple movies based on YA books have been big flops.
I suspect “Divergent” will continue the trend.
Frankly the premise sounds pretty flimsy:
In a “dystopian” future teens take a test to determine which “faction” they belong. If they don’t fit one faction they are “divergent!” But what sounds lame is that the factions are based on traits you’d want all people to be: selfless, peaceful, honest, brave, knowledgeable.
Harry Potter, Hunger Games and even Twilight are based ideas that you can identify and relate to. But emotional factions? It’s a premise built on thin ice.
I’m not interested in seeing it. But I’ll be curious to see whether it flops or not.
If you’re wondering: the fact that they’re removing a key character or two and changing up the order of events is setting off alarm bells.
First off, they’re not emotional factions. They’re virtue based, and are created to maintain a perfect, utopian society. There’s a lot more to it than the factions being based on traits you’d want people to be. It’s about ensuring the peace between the human race and how, even though, the peace is supposed to be everlasting, humans still manage to find their way back to violence and war.
Secondly, they’re not removing a key character, nor are they changing the order of events. Uriah isn’t that much of an important character, not until later in the story anyway. In the first one, he’s just there mostly for comic relief.
And since everybody’s making comparisons.. Nobody has given this much shit, so far, to The Hunger Games’ director, Gary Ross, for not including Madge, who is a way more significant character than Uriah. Nor have they given shit to Francis Lawrence for not introducing her in Catching Fire. As far as I know, no one has given shit to Francis Lawrence about anything in the Catching Fire movie.
Also, did Catherine Hardwicke have a though audience when she basically rewrote the entire first Twilight book? Nah, she just got super loaded because of that. What did it matter that the movie was so far away from the movie that you couldn’t even see it in the distance? People still loved it.
How can you even say something like that, I highly doubt you’ve read the book and weather or not you have or haven’t please keep your options to yourself if you haven’t noticed Divergent has a huge fandom and you are offending a lot of people by posting this. And about this whole not making sense business allow me to enlighten you, Divergent is a book that is not only a riveting series with a fantastic plot but it is something that makes you think about yourself and your society, and most of all for me it made me think about how people think, how easily we can be manipulated NAZI propaganda is a relevant example. So it’s not only the best escapism but is also very academically stimulating. I can’t say how the movies going to turn out, but if it’s half as good as the book it’ll be the best movie ever.