Divergent, another YA-novel-to-the-big-screen movie, scored $56 mil its opening weekend. Divergent is the first in a trilogy by Veronica Roth about a strong young woman, Tris, (played by Shailene Woodley) fighting for freedom and her survival in a dystopian society.
Harry Potter, Twilight, Percy Jackson and The Olympians, The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, and up-and-coming The Maze Runner are some big name movie series which were once Young Adult novels.
The movie adaptation was hit or miss with some fans of the Divergent series, but every critic can agree on at least one thing: Divergent is no Hunger Games. Despite the many comparisons to Suzanne Collins’ hit trilogy the Hunger Games, the Divergent series still measures. Seeing the characters and setting fleshed out gives the story an extra element the novel doesn’t. And despite the dystopian setting, the scenery is beautiful in its decay.
Many parts of the script were different from the novel, but that’s to be expected with fitting a 500 page book in under three hours. Some scenes were cut short, while some were scraped out all together, including a couple of characters.
Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn, three important characters in the sequel Insurgent that are introduced in Divergent, were removed from the movie. There is also new condensed ending that is still action packed and intense.
The movie was full of never-ending action, interesting characters, and the struggle of finding out where one belongs and getting over fears. Fans of the novel will definitely enjoy the movie.
All in all, Divergent, while not the next Hunger Games, still stands strong with it’s ferocious female protagonist, action-packed plot, and beautiful scenery. The Divergent series is one that will hold up in theaters with its sequel, Insurgent, being given the green light from Lionsgate.