I haven’t seen the Divergent flick yet, but Kimberly over at Stacked does an awesome job here helping me brace myself for the movie. I may not have noticed book discrepancies as much since it has really been a LONG time since I read the first and even the second installment. That’s another beauty of book adaptations. But many who were the early adopters and worked diligently promoting it are the ones who will expertly pick the movie apart. Enjoy this take, as well as the link to others shared in this post. Great post–great series of posts Stacked author Kimberly!!
Confession, yawn, I am so OVER this book!
To say that I am a little less than pleased that Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy just yesterday was named our DHS 2014 Library March Madness Tournament Winner and thus our book of the year at my school is really an understatement. I have made it no secret to my students that I am not pleased, and when asked, I tell them I do not believe the vast majority of week four’s voters have ever laid a finger on a page in any of the book trilogy, of either of the two final books in our tournament, since both are WIDELY popular as movies, and even movies with 2nd installments in theaters.
And now I have more ammo for my criticism. The producer, who I understand has creative license to do so, has adjusted a scene in the book to be a rape scene, because the film could not really express the thinking of the main character’s fear of intimacy in any other way. GAH!!
Which camp are you in?
Read other’s takes on the scene from the book. Judge for yourself. Yes eventually I will go see the movie, though now I feel inclined to await a showing via pay-per-view, Netflix, or Redbox. And I’m really glad I didn’t push for a field trip for our teen book club that read it, even though they really begged. Of course I could have played it as not only a learning experience of comparing a book to a movie, but also delve into the topic of Rape Culture in our country and through our teen YA books.
If time permits, read these takes. Also read the comments, equally inspiring or infuriating:
- The Hazards of Book to Film Adaptations: Further Reflections on Attempted Rape in Divergent (Stacked)
- Rape Culture In The Divergent Movie: Here’s Why It Matters Part 1 (The YA Book Shelf) Be sure to click through to Part two and part three)
- The ‘Divergent’ Rape Scene: Here’s Why It Matters (Lalonde)
- Book Covers of Divergent Trilogy came from GoodReads and tweaked with a little of my own editing.
- Fotor.com was used to stitch together two screenshots from my phone app Fandango.