Monday, March 24, 2014

Divergent Movie somehow turns into How I Lost You rambling.

Last night I went to see the Divergent movie with my son and my husband. (There may have been over consumption of popcorn during viewing of the movie.)

So. I enjoyed the movie. I was a little worried about it from the trailers but I ended up liking it. I know some people are saying things changed in the movie vs book, but honestly it was so long since I read it that I couldn't remember and didn't recognize the differences.

I liked the girl who played Tris. I was not all that sold on the actor who played Four. He was handsome and he was a good actor and he's probably a really nice person and someones favorite son, but to me there was a little bit of a lack of chemistry between the two? Maybe it's just that his character is a bit harder to like than say, Peeta. Because it's really hard not to compare those movies. And I have to say, Hunger Games the movie won over Divergent the movie, while when I read Divergent I remember saying I liked Divergent the book better. Interesting.

Anyhow. Like I said, I liked the movie. Did it do the book justice? I don't know.  My son and I read the book a couple of years ago but I do remember loving it. I like the movie. I didn't love it.

This was in no way meant to be a slam. No. I will see the next movie when it comes out. And I kept thinking how Shailee (is that how you spell her name?) would be in John Green's movie too. I'm looking forward to that one to. The Fault In Our Stars.

I wish a movie person would make a movie out of HOW I LOST YOU. I think Shailee could be Grace in that movie too.  Speaking of HOW I LOST YOU. It's crazy how many reads that book has gotten over at WATTPAD. Over 1.2 million. That's a lot. Too bad all those people didn't buy a physical book, ha ha. Everyone on Wattpad is asking for a sequel, and yes, I did leave a lot to the reader's imagination. That said, I'm going to write an epilogue for readers on Wattpad to tie those ends up, because in my mind I know what happens.

In the book I'm writing now, THE TRUTH ABOYT US, the book that is stuck on the hard drive of my other laptops (but that's a whole other post that could end in tears and ranting) The Truth About Us, James shows up and so does Steven Blender. Steve Blender is a BAD BOY. That's all I say about that right now.

Anyhow, true rambling. Hello movie producers looking for a contemporary film about two girls and how they lose their friendship while playing kick ass paintball. You should read How I Lost You.


  1. I saw Divergent last night Janet. I agree with your I enjoyed the movie, but I didn't love it. It's been two years since I read the book. I noticed some differences, but I understand they can't make an exact replica of the book. I did like the cameo by Veronica though.

  2. How I Lost You would definitely be a great movie! I'd love to see more contemp YA books be optioned for movies -- I think those stories with heart could make a better transition than a lot of the high concept, action books.

    I saw Divergent on Friday and I'm one of the few, it seems, that didn't love it. I did like it, though. It was an enjoyable experience for the most part. I thought Shailene was great as Tris, and Theo James was an alright Four, but I agree the chemistry wasn't fabulous, and I still think he was way too old to play Four. I think where the movie really lost me is in the emotional connection. In the book you really get to know the secondary characters (like Christina, Will, Al, etc) and feel the losses or betrayals. In the movie? Not so much -- at least I didn't. Still, it was a decent movie that most people seem to really love. I'm happy with any YA adaptation doing that well.

    Also, Veronica's cameo was when the Dauntless were running up to do the big zip line thing. She was the first person out, or at least one of the first people.

  3. I feel like most people I know generally liked Divergent but the feelings didn't run very deep. I liked THG better than Divergent (both the movie and book) but I was happy with how it turned out. My only gripe was that I felt like the the characters were so oversimplified and were more caricatures than characters. That being said, if I could buy my ticket for Insurgent today, I'd totally would.