I'm going to go see Divergent. In case you're out of the loop, Divergent is a Young Adult dystopian movie set in future Chicago. The movie is based on Veronica Roth's Divergent series.
You might be wondering: what is dystopian? Dystopian can be anything that takes place post-apocalyptic, after world war three, life after an alien invasion, or life after an asteroid hit or a mega-volcanic eruption causing the world to fall into nuclear winter. Basically, dystopian fiction revolves around drastic, futuristic changes. Normal life as we know it has ceased to exist, and almost always, a corrupt leadership has taken over. The plot line often follows a hero or heroine rising up and opposing oppression. Similar to Divergent is The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
My personal opinion of why dystopian-type books and movies succeed is that our curiosity of the unknown future, and what it might be like, gets the better of us. The "unknown" in general is mesmerizing. For example, books about near-death experiences sell really well. People are curious. Dystopian fiction also pulls us in, creating curiosity about human nature and its ability to thrive in difficult situations. I think we all want to believe we wouldn't quietly succumb to an authoritarian rule, that we would stand up for what's right, just, and fair.

Getting back to the topic, Divergent is clearly one of these types of dystopian stories. I'm curious to see the movie for a different reason though. I want to see how the story translates onto the big screen. Since I haven't read the book, I won't know what was left out or which side-characters didn't make it into the screenplay. If the movie makes sense without me needing to have prior knowledge of the storyline, then the movie guys will have done a great job.

The bigger reason I'm going to watch the movie is because I hope to
someday see my own books up on the big screen. How cool would that be? I bet Veronica Roth is on cloud nine! Seeing her hard work, blood, sweat, and tears portrayed with real people, actors and actresses, must feel amazing. From an author's standpoint, I know a little bit of what she's feeling. Maybe someday I'll know exactly what she's feeling.
 


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Julia
05/24/2014 11:07am

Was divergent good? I really want to see it but just haven't gotten around to it yet. The books are really good, but I like a diamond in my pocket better! I couldn't put those books down for my life. I hope you continue to keep writing, I would definitely buy your other books!

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Jean Chatham
07/10/2014 10:02pm

I love the book and can't wait to read book 2

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Lorena
11/16/2014 11:53am

A follow up on Divergent. I saw the movie and enjoyed the intensity and portrayal of Veronica Roth's characters on the big screen. I thought the producers did a great job in their adaptation. I checked out Divergent on IMDb.com (Internet Movie Data Base) and found the overall rating of the movie is 6.9 stars and has grossed over 150million dollars. I'd say that equals success!

I went on to read some of the reviews and found many individuals didn't like the overall plot, for whatever reason. Many said the book was better than the movie--no surprise there. However, one review caught my eye, titled: "How did Veronica Roth approve this movie?" The author of the review went on to list everything the movie left out of the book or portrayed wrong. From what I understand about authors and movies, they generally have no say in how the book is translated to the big screen. An author may be listed in the credits, but that doesn't mean they helped write the script or influenced any filming decisions. Frankly, I give huge kudos to screenplay writers who are tasked with, and handle quite well, the responsibility of taking the gist of the story and adapting it to the screen. Ms. Roth is probably pleased with how everything turned out, I'm guessing.

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