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Divergent REview

My friend picked me up after work at 6pm to head over to the local theatre to view Divergent at 7pm. We arrived forty five minutes early and my anticipation grew with each passing minute. I had recently finished the triology and was still reeling over the ending. I’m not going to post it, but lets just say it was unexpected at best. So I had a general idea of what I was going to see. 

I don’t understand how the casting is done in films. I also don’t know a screen play is written based off of a book. it confuses me to no end. How does a character’s description change from having blond hair and light eyes to black hair and eyes? It just doesn’t make sense. I have to say again how much I commend the casting crew that did Harry Potter. They nailed it. Not so much for this series.

The Shailene Woody chick was fine for Beatrice Prior, a bit tall and average. The girl in the book was described as small and meek. The Theo guy was so not what I pictured for Four, I mean come one, he’s suppose to be hunky and a teenager. He just comes across as a thin and lean dude with no muscle definition. I thought that Sylas from Weeds was a better fit. Or even one of the guys from Hunger Games. 

And then there’s Christina. So the body type issue is the opposite for her. It’s like they decided that they were going to switch the description up between the twoo girls. Zoe Kravitz is what Beatrice Prior was suppose to look like, short, tiny and meek. Christina was suppose to be tall, lanky, and a loud mouth. It’s that simple. The casting was messed up. 

Also there were no old people in Dauntless and Eric was the one that did more of the delegating. instead there was this other guy that talked alot. 

That leaves us with Caleb ( I don’t like the actor that plays him), Jeanine (Kate Winslet nalled this part, but needs to have glasses. In fact all of the Euridte need glasses, its a defining feature that they failed to miss in reading the book, and Marcus (he’s too old, he needed to be casted as someone younger). 

Moving on to the plot…..they decided as filmmakers to toss the book out the window and do what they want. First off, Four was alone in the room where he was controlling the simulation. Not across the hall from Janine. Also Tris doesn’t stab Janine in the hand with a knife, no does she inject her with the serum that makes her a part of the simulation. It’s crazy and didn’t happen. they just pulled that whole part out of their butt. I hate when directors do that. What did they just find that the way the writer wrote the book was too lame. Hey it was enough action for me!! But I could get over all of that if it weren’t for the nagging feeling that they are going to destroy the next two books into movies. 

I know most of you are probably thinking I should have never went to see the movie. But I had to. it was the same as when I went to see The Hunger Games, although there weren’t as many changes as there were here. I guess it’s just upsetting to me. But at least I know that good casting can come from somewhere, I mean look at what they did with Harry Potter!!

What do you think?

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Book Review: Divergent Series

I had seen the previews for this show for some time, but never really thought about reading them until a friend told me what it was about. So I decided that I would listen to them via youtube. All the books are on there. There are three books in the series: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. 

When I started reading Divergent, I was taken to a new society, it reminded me of the hunger games. Instead everyone in Divergent is divided into Factions. 

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In the Hunger Games everyone is divided by districts. 

In this future world, you are either Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Candor, and Amity. Each one of these groups carries a distinct group of rules and regulations that dictate your role in society. 

The story is focused around a girl named Beatrice Prior and her struggles at the choosing ceremony. This is where you choose which faction you would like to be a part of for the rest of your life. Again this is where it reminds me of the Hunger Games. Unlike the Hunger games the children don’t kill each other. Instead when you join a faction you go through a “initiation” and depending on what faction you choose the initiation changes. For Beatrice she chose Dauntless, this faction is in charge of protecting the city. 

As you dive deeper into the books we see that there are some flaws in this perfect society. For example, those who are able to think for themselves and tend to branch out are called Divergent. 

I’m not going to ruin the story for you, but this got me thinking about the future of our wold and how we as  society is so concerned with control. We try to control the populations, crime, and even the information we receive. But why? Is there are harm in knowing the truth? It could be to limit the pandemonium that will occur if we really knew the truth. 

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So this is the cast of the characters. They are missing two major characters Uriah and Zeke, they are brothers and play a significant role in the first and second and third book as well. I don’t know what they are going to do about them being absent. They would have added to the racial diverse group that is depicted in the book. 

Oh well I am sure they will ruin the book, but I will let you know on Friday when I go see the movie. Wish me luck. 

 

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