Mar 31 2014

Divergent Diverges

The movie was pretty good. The real question is: how did it
stack up to the book. Not as good. Did it diverge? Well… no one loses an eye.


How do the relationships hold up? A bit under explained. The
way Al seemed to feel about Tris in the book doesn’t get enough screen time to
indicate much to non-readers. Why Tris is really
so upset over what she ultimately has to do to Will is also going to be unclear
to non-readers.


I can imagine the conversation of, “We aren’t going to
have the visiting day scene, so what other scene can we make up for that exact
same purpose?” Actually, not the same, since Mom doesn’t spill the first
hint of the climax opener. Then again, since Tris isn’t the one to solve the
mystery that leads to the climax, perhaps it didn’t make sense for her to get
the knowledge.


What seemed the most different from the book was the actual
use of the word Divergent. Everyone says it. It’s common. “Please pass the
salt, pepper, and divergent.” Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but not by
much. Considering how scared Tris is to use the word in the book though, it was
a bit unnerving to hear it thrown about with such ease. That’s the price of
translating a first person narrative into a movie though, I suppose.


My biggest “change one thing, wreck the world”
qualm was during the final test stage- the fear landscape.


(What score did Tris have by then? The score board,
established in the early part of the movie as important, seemed to vanish.)
Thanks to a logical tip from Four, Tris gets through the final test the way a
Dauntless would (no longer just overcoming her fears, but overcoming them with
a focus on a certain goal and method). The end of chapter thirty doesn’t mesh
with this new strategy; in fact, it blatantly contradicts it. Changing it
doesn’t seem like a big deal- after all, we’ve seen Four face something
similar, and handle it this way, and it wasn’t a big deal. It would be alright,
except for a flaw in the logic of a scene that takes place a few minutes later.
In chapter thirty-eight and thirty-nine of the book, Tris has a gut feeling that
her plan to voluntarily press her forehead to what dark-eyed-Four-Tobias is
holding will get him to fight the simulation. In the movie, she seems less
self-sacrificing and more, well, crazy.
In the movie, she has no reason to believe it might work. The human
subconscious can extrapolate information that the mind responds to as a
“gut feeling.” The book makes that leap easy for the audience, the movie
doesn’t. I feel that this changes the character. 


Still, a pretty good action movie by itself. But no, it
isn’t as good as the book.


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What factions would my Fractions of Existence main
characters score in the aptitude tests if they were living in that world?




DIVERGENT – Dauntless, Candor, and Erudite.

Gwendolyn (Wend)
Abnegation is where she grew up and thinks she belongs, but there’s Dauntless
in her begging to be let out. Could the test alone show that?

Jun– Amity
at heart, but living with the Dauntless.

DIVERGENT- Amity, Dauntless.


Of course there’s a small flaw. The Dauntless are meant to
kill the dog in the aptitude test. None of my characters would have needed to
resort to that in order to defeat and control the dog. Caleb’s response to that
scenario would raise the most amount of suspicion. Then again, Gwendolyn would
stop the dog from attacking the child- the problems being that she wouldn’t
know how she had just done it, and that she’d be terrified of how the dog was


No doubt that the test administrators for these characters
would ask, “What are they?”



Quibblo quiz: Divergent Aptitude Test: Which Faction are
You? My result:


image of my test results


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    • Aurora Alvarado on April 1, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    I absolutely loved this book and movie, but I liked the book a lot better. I definitely agree with you on the use of the word divergent! They do use it as a common word when in the book it wasn’t seen that way.

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who was struck by that being weird. 

    • J Lenni Dorner on April 2, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who was struck by that being weird. 

    • Jennifer Daniells on April 3, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    That is my biggest issue with the insurgence of YA series turned movies, they always leave something seemingly trivial but important out. Hollywood doesn’t seem to know that they should appreciate the details. My second biggest issue is that Shailene Woodley keeps getting casted. One series is enough.

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