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This Is the Last Trailer Divergent Has to Convince You To See It


Here it is: The final trailer for Divergent, based on the first book in Veronica Roth‘s best-selling YA trilogy. When it comes out on March 21st, will you be in line? The way the studio’s releasing trailers and pics seemingly out into the ether makes me think we might have another The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones on our hands. Seriously, the only organic buzz I’ve heard about this movie is people talking about how it affects star Shailene Woodley playing Mary Jane in the Amazing Spider-Man sequels. But it could surprise me and be a big success. We’ll see.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    I have no choice. My daughter is obsessing over this. She loved the books and she’s been watching all the trailers. We *have* to go see it. She’s leaving the books lying around in strategic places trying to get me to read it. Problem is we both have ODD (oppositional defiant disorder) . Whenever I suggest she read/do something, she doesn’t want to do it. She gets that from me. I haven’t succumbed to pressure to read the books but I’ll take her because some day when I’m retired and I need her to provide me with warmth, shelter and wine, I will bring this moment up. “Remember?? That movie I never wanted to see but did because I love you?” *holds out wine glass*

  • Haleigh Yonish

    There is a lot of friendship in the books, which was, at the very least, left out of the trailer. I’d be pretty disappointed if they didn’t include Tris’s friendships, because that was my favorite (and the most developed) part!

  • Anonymous

    I’ll wait until it hits RedBox or Netflix.

  • Sherrie Ricketts

    I’m really hoping they can manage to handle the book well. I’m highly dubious. The books were wonderfully-written, and it’s going to be difficult to adapt it to film and still keep the right feel without turning it into just another teen love story. I’ll wait to see what people say about the film instead of rushing to see it. I saw what happened with City of Bones, which should have been able to be translated to film more easily than Divergent, and it was an unfortunate cringe-worthy mess of a movie.

  • Troy Lenze

    I’ve never even heard of the books, but the trailer looks interesting. Not sure if we’ll see it in the theater, though.

  • JohnathanEnder

    I’m a YA Librarian, and I have to say I am rather bewildered/angered by the success of this series. Frankly speaking, it’s not very good. I understand that there are people who will decry “Hunger Games” as a “Battle Royale-knockoff” yadda yadda yadda, but at least “Hunger Games” still had something worth saying in it (“old people wage war, young people fight in them”-etc.). “Divergent” really has nothing in it that makes it stand out. Most of the things that kids like about it, when asked, always falls down to the love story, which — like everything else in this drek of a novel — is completely by-the-numbers. This was a “right place, right time” book: “Hunger Games” had just finished and fans wanted more. I guess kudos to Harper Collins marketing team for a job well done?

  • Erin Treat

    I lost all interest when I found out the movie deal was signed before the books were ever written. Pretty cynical.

  • Anonymous

    Sigh. I read (and mildly enjoyed) the first two books, but the third book was hot garbage.

  • The Crunchy Frog

    Thank you for this. I was so bored with this series, I didn’t make it half way through the first book. It surprised me when it became a “best seller.” Bleh.

  • The Crunchy Frog

    Thank you for this. I was so bored with this series, I didn’t make it half way through the first book. It surprised me when it became a “best seller.” Bleh.

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    One of my friends bought this for me because she said the writing was infinitely better than the writing in Hunger Games. I was, to say the least, disappointed. I may go see it anyway, since it’s set in my home town and some of my friends are extras in it. If it weren’t in Chicago, though…no way.

  • Janelle S

    Good grief, I hated those books. I don’t even know what possessed me to read the second given my distaste for the first. Tris never rose above being a petulant child, and I just couldn’t understand the fascination with Four. I’m sort of glad they cast Shailene Woodley in this because it removes any temptation I had to see it “in case they did it better than the books”.

  • Teamugs

    Nothing I have seen in the trailers for this film seem to justify the existence of this world. What is the logic for splitting people into categories? It seems to exist simply because the author wanted a dystopia and not out of any thought out worldbuilding.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    I think if Divergent — with all of its too-familiar plot devices — would have developed into something as it went on, I would be rejoicing. Veronica Roth is soooo young and smart (a graduate from Northwestern Illinois’ fiction program!!), and I was hoping its fame could direct a lot of her smarter points (she’s good at friendship, and I don’t hate her love life in the first book) into something more realized.
    But… I couldn’t even finish #3. It was just SO taxing and all of the weird logic she had established was dismantled into a pile of goo and a body count with no impact.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    They explain it like four different ways, each one getting further and further away from making any kind of sense.

  • Anonymous

    Sorting Hat logic. The writer is young enough to have grown up on Harry Potter.

  • Anonymous

    Sorting Hat logic. The writer is young enough to have grown up on Harry Potter.

  • Teamugs

    Haha!
    At least the Sorting Hat listened to the wearer’s opinions.

  • Teamugs

    Haha!
    At least the Sorting Hat listened to the wearer’s opinions.

  • BatiHoney

    Well, judging from the comments, not many Divergent fans around. That’s a shame to me, because I haven’t been into a book series for a long while until I got around to reading Divergent. Maybe I’m biased because before reading Divergent I had been desperately trying to finish City of Bones (still haven’t finished) for, like, 6 months, but I was dreading every page and every character in it and I was so frustrated. Then, I read Divergent and, although nothing extremely exceptional and original, it was so much better and a breath of fresh air. Like I said, I don’t think the book changed my life nor it was exceptional, but I thought it was good and entertaning and it accomplished in getting me to care about the characters. I loved Tris, I loved that she had friends, I loved how the romance was handled, and it kept me reading. I went from not finishing City of Bones in 6 months to reading Divergent in 3 days, and god, it restore my faith and motivation in reading.

    So, in conclusion, the movie looks REALLY faithful (except for that Four saying “I know what you are”, I think) and I hope it is, and I also hope it does well if that’s the case because I think it was a good book. I do NOT want it to be a failure like City of Bones was, at all… but I’ll have to see the movie first.

  • Adrian

    I’m more interested in Vampire Academy, if only for the Mean Girls vibe and team behind it.

  • http://www.lawlessgentile.com/ Ali Miller

    Yeah, I enjoy the first book for what it is – a fun, fast-paced thriller with a great heroine and sympathetic secondary characters. But… I expected a lot more from the last two books, especially since #1 is so light on worldbuilding. I still like Insurgent and Allegiant for the characters and themes, but not much else. The internal logic of Allegiant especially is just absurd, even though I appreciate what the book is trying to say overall.

  • Anonymous

    To paraphrase Roger Ebert: I hated that book. Hated hated hated hated hated that book. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant reader-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the reader by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.

  • Anonymous

    I read the first book as a critique of “Sorting Hat logic”. People are multifaceted individuals who can’t be boiled down to jocks/nerds, Gryffindor/Slytherin, Dauntless, etc. It isn’t logical, but we do it all the time. Given the trope’s ubiquity in YA fiction, I appreciated the pushback.

    (Never read further, so I don’t know if the rest of the series bears this out.)

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. It’s too soon after Hunger Games for me.

  • Anonymous

    And it’s time for you to start a mother/daughter book club. Read Divergent for her and then you can get her to read a favorite of yours. My Mom and I have been doing that with my Phillippa Gregory books. Actually, we’re at the point now where I’ll buy a book and my mom takes it (across the damn country) and reads it before I get the chance to.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, my chance of seeing this movie depends on how much I like Shailene’s performance in The Fault in Our Stars. If I like that, then’ll I’ll see Divergent. If I like the movie then I’ll consider reading the book.

  • Anonymous

    And yes, I’m fully aware that The Fault in Our Stars comes out 2 1/2 months after Divergent. I’ve just yet to be convinced that this trilogy will interest me.

  • Vetinari

    Now, I know absolutely nothing of this series, so I just have what was in the trailer to work with. I think my biggest problem so far is that I have absolutely no idea what the stakes are here, or even really what the conflict is. People are sorted into categories, and this is . . . bad, I assume? And controlling your fear means that you’re a threat to this system which is horrible because reasons?

    I get that this is going for a dystopian vibe (on a side note, female-marketed young adult dystopian fiction is turning out to be an oddly lucrative business), but I’m missing the dystopia bit. Obviously I get that assigned roles in society might suck, but that seems like a very mild dystopia. Are the people dying, or is there rampant poverty or inequality, or what is happening for this system to require taking down? I can’t care about whatever you’re selling me if you don’t give me a reason to.

  • Diaspora

    What is Divergant and is it worth picking up?

  • Charlie

    It’s common theme in geek culture, probably merits some deeper examination.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a shame Woodley, who seems quite talented, got lumbered with this turkey (which looks terrible) rather than playing MJ in the new Spiderman flick (which looks like it might be fun).

    And yes, Sorting Hat logic. I haven’t read the books so I can’t speak to the writing, but the world-building looks poor to nonexistent. It has the appearance of a series expertly marketed to the YA demographic by publishers desperate for the next Harry Potter/Hunger Games/fanfic knockoff, and snapped up by readers who haven’t yet read enough to discern quality. (And lets be honest here, Harry Potter itself might have been an enormous success, but it was hardly good writing.)

    It’s a shame, because there are a great number of excellent YA books (or as we call them, “books”) gathering dust in the backlists, while studios pump money into adapting regurgitated pap like “The Mortal Instruments.”

  • Anonymous

    She’s a graduate from a highly regarded fiction program? There goes the last of my feeling forgiving towards her writing (I tied to be charitable on account of her tender-ish age).

    I’m with JonathanEnder, I thought Divergent was wholly shit, one of the worst books I’d read in a long time. Its most insurmountable problem was the fact that its basic premise it so outside the bounds of social or psychological possibility. The Hunger Games is by no means a feat of great world-building or possessed of the most beautiful writing but at its core is a interesting story worth telling. It has a point worth making. Divergent is such a falsely political book. It wears the clothes of dystopia without engaging in critical thought at all.

    To make matters worse, the world-building was no bad so much as absent. And I don’t just mean the SF dressing – I mean basic stuff like Roth actually bothering to do the barest amount of research. I’m probably the least knowledgeble person about guns you’ll ever meet (I mean, I live in Briton, we don’t have ‘em), but even I cringed at the vague descriptions of Tris shooting.

    Ugh. and Tris. Pathalogically self-doubting. Like I thought we’d got past quite this level of female self-abasement with the end of the bad Victorian novel. Her ability to twist literally anything that happens into being about her in a negative way becomes self-parodic by about the mid-way point. But she’s not humble – nothing about the character is so consistent.

    Funnily enough there’s one very minor point that I’ve seen the book critisised for, and it was just about the only thing I DIDN’T have a problm with – even mildly enjoyed: Tris’s appearence. I’ve seen it said that Tris had the Mary Sue’-ish trait of being ‘obviously beautiful without realising it’. For me, it seemed she was established as having a fairly comfortable attitude to her looks as being not great but not something that really bothered her. During the book she transforms her look (getting a haircut, tattoos etc) and clearly comes to enjoy her looks more. But I didn’t get a sense she reappraised herself and realised she was ‘beautiful all along’ and I don’t remember other characters (even the romantic lead) telling her that she was actually beautiful. I thought it was a fairly recent arc of someone finding a visual identity and deciding what suits her, not someone having a makeover that reveals their real model-looks.

    But that was basically the only thing I didn’t hate about the book/s :)

  • Liz

    The logic is that the world kept getting into wars and different groups had different ideas of what would create peace/ what they valued most.

  • Teamugs

    …So no logic at all then.

  • Ashe

    ^

    This made me laugh IRL.

  • Anonymous

    It’s one of my favourite reviews of all time. (Found here.)

  • Ashe

    I love that review! That’s why I laughed: Roger Ebert’s golden words can be applied ANYWHERE.

    :D

  • debiparna c

    Thank you for saying this! Ever since it was announced that they are turning this into this huge franchise kind of film I was mad. Some THG fans even love this. I would be very happy if this tanks and is discontinued. I am doing my dissertation on THG and other related books/films, I don’t even want to mention this one, but I might just do to criticise it, I guess.

  • Amanda Pina

    Be a Divergent means… nothing. That’s the WORST. STORY. EVER.

  • Marie

    These comments are making me feel better. I haven’t read the books, but I thought the trailers looked awful, and afraid this was going to be another thing people try to force me to like.