Divergent: A Review of Incest, Scandal, and Teen Pregnancy

Yesterday, I went to see Divergent and holy good lord, I loved it. It was really well done. The book was of course better because the books are always better. Definitely go read the book if you haven’t. If you like the Hunger Games or anything along the lines of that, GO READ IT NOW. I don’t want to ruin anything so I’m gonna try and be as ambiguous as possible.

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The set of the entire film was exactly how I imagined it would be. It was like they went into my mind and recreated it perfectly. 

I am not a big fan of the whole lovey dovey thing. It’s kind of nauseating to me, reasons why I hate Twilight. It’s one of the reasons why it took me so long to finish Divergent because I couldn’t deal with it for long. I mean it shifted a little further on in the book but for a while, it was annoying and boring. I mean the entire book was quite fast paced with a lot of exciting things happening and then it got too much with the whole romance thing. I thought it was well done in the film though. Except there was this one part, this might be a bit of a spoiler so don’t read this part if you don’t want ANYTHING to be ruined. There’s a part when Shailene says “I don’t want to go too fast.” I burst out laughing because does anyone remember The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Slow, my ass. Anyways, Shailene is also in The Fault in Our Stars, AHHHHHH give me a minute to gather myself. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THAT MOVIE. Okay, I know I just said that I’m not into romance type things but what I mean is that I don’t like the lovey dovey parts in book where it’s not all about lovey dovey things. I mean The Fault in Our Stars is all about romance while Divergent isn’t about romance at all and I don’t mind it, it’s just that if it goes on for too long, I die a little on the inside because I just want them to get back to the real issue of the book. ANYWAYS, John Green is a genius and all of his books are incredible. I kind of wish they would turn Looking For Alaska into a movie. I would love to see what would happen with that. So Shailene is in FiOS but so is the actor that plays Caleb, Tris’ brother except in FiOS, he plays Shailene’s lover. So it’s all a bit awkward but I don’t really care because I think the guy is super cute and seeing him as Augustus Waters is going to make my heart fly.

Back to Divergent. They left out a few things that I wish would’ve been in the movie. They didn’t really focus on building the different characters, which I guess is not a bad thing since they had to fit an entire novel into 2 and a half hours so focusing more on the background of the Factions and stuff makes more sense. Still, I fell in love with the characters besides Tris and they weren’t in the movie for that long. 

Overall, it was really well done. It stuck with the book really well. It tweaked some parts a little and left some parts out but I expected as much so I wasn’t all disappointed. The setting was perfectly done. The characters are well casted, especially the mom. THE MOM WAS PERFECT. Read the book and then watch the movie and then you’ll understand. GO NOW. RUN TO THE NEAREST BOOK STORE. GO GO GO GO. Also Tony Goldwyn is in the movie and I LOVE TONY GOLDWYN. SCANDAL. LOVE. GLADIATORS. PRESIDENT FITZ. MELLIE FOR PREZ. I’m obsessed with Scandal, if you haven’t noticed from my little outburst. SCAAAANDAL. After you’re done reading and watching Divergent, GO WATCH SCANDAL. You have so much to do now. Look at you. Doing things and whatnot. Good for you. But seriously. I’ll wait here while you go do all these wonderful and NECESSARY things. Kbye.

Look it’s the Prior family! I am so in love. 

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I also got Dauntless for my “Which Divergent Faction Do You Actually Belong In?” Buzzfeed quiz and to that I say “NO.” Aw heeell to the no. I am not about jumping out of trains and fighting until I can’t fight anymore. I get that being Dauntless is like a cool thing but I’d much rather be in Amity or something where I don’t have to be physically challenged. I ain’t about that physicality. 

-Jonny

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