Review: Divergent

To the casual observer, Divergent might seem like an attempt to cash in on the success of The Hunger Games, especially when you consider the number of similarly themed previews that showed before Divergent.  It seems like “young adult” (hate that term) post-apocalyptic stories are “in” these days, and those who haven’t read the Divergent books might be tempted to write the film adaptation off as just another clone.  However, to do so would be a mistake, as the Divergent series has a lot to offer, even if this first film is perhaps not everything we might have hoped it would be.  The books are filled with interesting ideas and compelling characters and I hope the remaining books are adapted for the screen, because the story covered in the two remaining books is interesting and unconventional, and would make for movies very different than we’re used to.

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice Prior, who was born in a ruined, future version of Chicago, where the citizens are divided into five factions, each of which embodies a certain desirable trait and fulfills a certain role in society.  Continue reading

Trailer Tuesday: Divergent

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies, since I’ve always found trailers to be endlessly fascinating.

Back in August we got our first look at the film version of Divergent in the form of a teaser trailer.  In the past couple of weeks, a newer, longer version of that trailer has appeared, hitting many of the same beats as the teaser, but with extended looks into the world of Veronica Roth’s books (the trilogy recently came to its conclusion with Allegiant).  Take a look, and read on for my thoughts:

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Book Review/Analysis: Allegiant

Warning, this review contains spoilers for the previous books of the series, Divergent and Insurgent.

Allegiant, the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth, picks up right where its predecessor left off.  At the end of Insurgent the factionless had taken over, doing away with the faction system and killing the leader of the Erudite.  A video had been found which revealed that the city was sealed and the faction system put in place in order to fix the problems of the outside world, and that when enough Divergent had appeared they were to emerge into the larger world to fulfill that purpose.  Tris and Tobias/Four had reconciled and decided to no longer keep secrets from each other.  What we were left with at the end of book two was a long list of questions and an uncertainty as to what could possibly happen next.

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Trailer Tuesday: Divergent

Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.

This past weekend, the first teaser trailer for Divergent premiered.  I enjoyed the book by Veronica Roth and it’s sequel, and am eagerly anticipating the final book in the series, so I’m excited to see how it will translate to the big screen.  Watch the trailer below, and then read on for my thoughts.

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Patrick Stewart Fights to Stop Violence Against Women

Just in case you needed another reason that Patrick Stewart is awesome, there’s this video, which has been making the rounds lately.  Many people tend to criticize celebrities who speak out in support of or in opposition to an issue, a cause, or a politician, though most only seem to criticize when the celebrity supports a position they themselves are opposed to and have no problem when a celebrity supports their side.  Aside from the fact that celebrities have the same right to voice their opinions as any other person, they also are in a special position given their fame.  And in no way is violence against women or empowering women a “political” issue, no matter what some people may try to say.  Take a look (Click here to read more from the woman who asked the question on her blog):

Are Patrick Stewart’s opinion and views more important than yours or mine?  No, of course not.  However, they are in a special position because of who he is.  Celebrities can reach a much wider audience than the average Love Pirate with a blog.   Continue reading

Book Review: Insurgent

Warning: This review contains some spoilers from the first book in the Divergent trilogy.  To read my review of Divergent, click here.

Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off.  Beatrice, who was recently inducted into the Dauntless faction at the top of her class, is on the run with Tobias and the survivors from the Abnegation massacre.  They managed to stop the “simulation” mind control that the Erudite were using to control most of the Dauntless, but at great cost.  Many of Beatrice’s family and friends are dead, and she has seen and done things that haunt her every thought.

If Divergent was all about finding your own path when the world wants you to fit in a particular slot, then Insurgent is about coming to terms with the choices you’ve made, and how to relate to paths chosen by others.   Continue reading

Book Review: Divergent

Divergent, the first book in a trilogy by Veronica Roth with a film adaptation coming next year, has been compared to The Hunger Games, and it’s easy to see why.  Both books feature strong female protagonists in violent and dangerous situations.  Both books have a similar tone, and are told in the same first person style aimed at “young adults” (my dislike for that term as related to books is a topic for another post).  However, that’s largely where the similarities stop.
Divergent, tells a story set in the post-war remnants of Chicago.
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