Here we go again, another film adaptation of a young adult dystopian novel. The novel, written by Veronica Roth, was actually on my to-read list; but now since I’ve already watched the movie, maybe I’ll pass on reading the novel. Divergent follows the main character, Beatrice (or Tris), who is a Divergent. A divergent means that they’re not normal, they don’t fit in, and that they’re being hunted down. The film revolves around Tris and Four discovering what it means to be a Divergent and what makes them so dangerous to the government.
After reading several reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, a general consensus that I saw is that Divergent bears too many similarities to The Hunger Games. While I was watching this movie I also thought that there were few similarities to The Hunger Games; for example: the idea of a conformist government, and the idea of a seemingly typical and normal teenage girl with a unique trait. Other reviews said that the film was too predictable, which is what made it boring. I too, thought it was a little bit predictable; but what can you really expect from a young adult novel? And although the film was predictable, I still enjoyed watching it. Don’t give up on this film/novel trilogy just yet; a friend told me that as the story progresses throughout the trilogy, the more intricate and exciting the plot gets.
Sometimes movies teach us more than the books that we read in school. Movies help people visualize what is happening in a story; after reading the book, you can watch the movie and see everything come to life right in front of your eyes. This is why I enjoy watching a movie so much after reading a book in school; you can’t accurately portray the horrors of war through a novel like you could in a movie. That’s another reason why people get so excited when they see a movie trailer for a book that they’ve read; they’re literally seeing the book come to life.