Reels & Reads: Divergent
Hello Book Nerds! Welcome to January's installment of Reels and Reads.
What is Reels and Reads? It's a (hopefully) monthly post where I try to compare movies to their books without being too nitpicky (SPOILERS, obviously). After all, we all know that the book is almost always better.
January is all about Divergent.
Let's start with the little change that bothered me in a BIG way:
It was supposed to be CHEESE!
In the book, when Tris has her first simulation test she has to choose between a knife or cheese. In the movie, the choice is a knife or a chunk of meat. I can hear you all saying, "Brittany, that's an insignificant change!" No it's really not. Let me tell you why. I like to put myself into the story and imagine what I would do. Given the choice of a knife or cheese, I would choose cheese. But, given the choice of a knife or meat, I would choose the knife. That completely changes my faction! Ugh.
And about the characters...
Who Didn't Make the Cut: It seems that one of the first things sacrificed when a book is turned into a movie is a handful of minor characters. In this case, the characters that were cut COMPLETELY didn't really bother me, but the minimization of Al's role in the movie did. The movie felt like it just kinda threw Al in, whereas he is one of Tris' best friends in the book (until...you know).
Who Show Up More Than Expected: On the opposite end of the spectrum is Jeanine Matthews. She is mentioned throughout the book, but the reader doesn't really meet Jeanine until about 3/4 of the way thru. Movie Jeanine pops up all over the place which I think worked really well for the movie.
Who Don't Act Like Themselves: Peter is a prime example of a character whose personality gets a makeover between the book and the movie. Peter is tamer, more human in the movie than he is in the book. Sure, he is still a jerk in the movie, but he's not as malevolent and full of hatred. There is actually an aspect of humor associated with movie Peter. In many ways, book Peter and movie Peter feel like two distinct characters that just happen to share a name. Not okay.
Who Don't Look Like Themselves: Let's talk about movie Christina for just a sec. She is supposed to be TALL, not a short little thing. It was easier to believe that Christina was stronger and a better fighter than Tris in the novel when she was actually bigger than Tris. A physical change that I did like was that of Eric. Book Eric had long, greasy black hair (distant relation of Professor Snape?) but Movie Eric had short, blond hair which I felt made him more intimidating. Although, when I was reading, I kept picturing Eric with a lime green Mohawk. I don't know why.
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I could go on and on talking about exactly added, cut, or altered with the characters and the setting and everything. But, that's not what I want to do with Reels and Reads. I'm actually surprised you've stuck around this long. Let me know what you think! Do you like this segment? Should I forget about it? Do you want to guest post? Is there a book/movie you want to see featured?