Book vs. Movie – Divergent

Book vs. Movie – Divergent

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another segment of Book Vs. Movie! It’s been a long time coming since my first post, and I apologize for the delay. As I mentioned in my previous post, this segment will discuss the similarities and differences between books and their movie counterparts. Sometimes I read the book before I watch the movie, like I did with The 5th Wave, or I watch the movie and eventually make my way to reading the book, like I did with Divergent. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts.

This week’s post will be about Divergent. Based off the amazing novel by Veronica Roth – a synopsis which is posted on my blog – this was an amazing movie experience. I remember when it first came out and I had never read the book. I got to go in to the movie without any expectations except for the trailers that I watched up until the point the movie came out. The movie came out two years ago, with two sequels since then, and only recently have I been able to actually read the book that started it all. It was such a relief to say that I liked the book as well as the movie.

But was there a certain part of the book that I felt should have been shown in the movie? Was there possible more than one? Of course there was.

****If you have not read the book or watched the movie and want to avoid spoilers, I would suggest not reading any further. Consider this your warning :)****

First of all, I have to say that I honestly feel like the movie and the book kept the same tempo for the majority of the time. It was actually really interesting to feel like I was watching the movie in my head while reading a book for the first time. Sometimes I feel like it’s better to read the book after watching the movie, but then again no matter what there are downsides, as well as upsides. So, here we go. Down to the discussion.

First of all, there was a really big difference between the book and the movie that really changed the premise of the story. In the book, once Tris finds out that Four is really Tobias Eaton, he would rather have her call him by his real name, saying that he misses the sound of his own name after all these years. It was actually part of the book that I really appreciated. It made me feel like even though Four/Tobias wasn’t going to ever forgive his father for the abuse that he endured in his childhood, he still wasn’t going to completely discount his past. He still had some ties to it, and he didn’t erase his identity from the Abnegation boy that he grew up as. In the movie, however, Tris continues to call him Four even though she found out his true identity. Not once did he want Tris to call him by his real name, nor did he want to acknowledge who he really was. It becomes even more important to me in the next movie installment, where he doesn’t even want to hear that name from anyone else that knows his true identity. That small fact changes the tone of the story for me, in a big way.

Sure it may not feel big to other people, but it’s the little details like that that make a story great.

There were also a lot of gruesome parts in the book that I honestly feel should have been kept in the movie. Of course, that probably would have changed the rating to R, like I would imagine it to be, and defeated the purpose of drawing its target audience into theaters. For one, when Tris and the other Dauntless initiates had to jump off the train for the first time, one of them actually didn’t make it. In fact, it was a Dauntless born that didn’t make it, and she ends up dying. For all their acts of bravery, this death so early in the book shows that life is not guaranteed no matter how much society wants them to believe so. It would make sense for a transfer to be the one to die first, not being used to jumping onto buildings from moving trains and all. But to have a Dauntless be the one to miss it that first and only time, after spending her life training to do exactly that kind of thing really brings things into perspective for Tris and the rest of them. They now realize just what kind of faction they got into, and it opens their eyes to see that it’s not just all fun and games. They are part of the security of the society, built to keep everyone within the walls safe. But that doesn’t mean the Dauntless themselves are guaranteed their own safety in return.

The other gruesome part that they should have kept in was when Edward got stabbed in the eye right after proving that he was the best initiate in Dauntless. Edward had a very small part in the movie, but he was the best physically out of all the initiates. He was so good, that Peter and his cronies felt so threatened by him that they ended up stabbing him while he was sleeping. They probably meant to kill him when they stabbed him in the face, but Edward was lucky that only his eye was destroyed. Maybe it would have been better for him if he died though, rather than become factionless due to a bunch of cowards who weren’t ready to face the idea of not making it past the first round. This action, this shocking part in the novel would have shown a much brighter light on Peter’s cowardice, not just when he tried to throw Tris into the Pit with Al. 

There was also a part in the movie that I thought was really nice. After Tris stood up to Eric during the knife-throwing scene. The only person who really had an issue with Tris was Peter. Everyone else, Molly included, thought that Tris was really cool, and really brave for standing up to him. In the book, Molly never showed any signs of respecting Tris at all. She was too busy being Peter’s lackey to know just how much of a bad ass chick Tris was becoming. I liked that the movie made Molly seem more approachable, even though we did see her beat up Tris to a pulp. Then again, that wasn’t really her fault. She was only following orders, after all.

I could go on and on about the difference between the movie and the book, and it would take me forever. At least it would feel like forever to me. So I will just touch on one more part that I really liked about the movie that was different from the book.

When Tris and her mom fight against the Dauntless together.

Yes, that was the moment that I was really proud of Tris and her mom. It was then that Tris finally realized that her mom was Dauntless (in the book she found out on the Parent Visitor Day while in the Dauntless compound), but to actually see her mom in action even though she hadn’t been in Dauntless for years was amazing to see. Her mom was the one who saved Tris from being executed right on Abnegation territory, and it was her mom that helped her get as far as she did right before she sacrificed herself for her own daughter. Her mom’s bravery and selflessness during the heat of battle was something that I wish was included in the book, but I was so glad that the movie showed it. I feel like it did her mom justice, and really portrayed to the audience that her mom was a force to be reckoned with. It showed where Tris got her strength, not just from herself but from her mother as well.

So, after all that, all the differences I found and after just rewatching the movie one more time to fully make sure I wanted to talk about the points that I felt were so important to me, I’ve made a decision on which one was better:

The MOVIE totally won this time.

And that’s officially it for this segment of Book vs. Movie. This felt like a long post, so thank you for bearing with me on this. If you haven’t read Divergent already, I honestly suggest you do. Plus you should also watch the movie and let me know your thoughts. Was there something I left out that spoke to you more than what I included? Let me know in the comments below.
Book Vs. Movie – The 5th Wave

Book Vs. Movie – The 5th Wave

Hey everyone! I’m starting up a new addition to my blog, so hopefully this goes well. It’s not going to be a weekly thing like Tuesday Talks, but if it gains popularity, that could be something I’ll look into. This segment to my blog is basically about discussing the differences and similarities between the books I read, and movies I’ve seen based on those books. I got the idea to do this after watching The 5th Wave last week and I had a discussion with my best friend about it right after. I figured, why not blog about it? Hopefully this goes well, and I hope to hear your thoughts.

This week we will be discussing the first movie of the year that I’ve watched in theaters based on a book I’ve read: The 5th Wave. For those who don’t know what it’s about, I have a post of the book’s synopsis on my blog, so go check it out. Now, when I first heard of this movie, when I first saw the preview of it after watching a totally different movie last year, my best friend and I decided right then and there that we were going to watch it as soon as it came out. When we realized that it was based off the book of the same name, we both went to our favorite bookstore and bought ourselves a copy each. We are both the type of people to read a book before watching the movie, so that’s what we decided to do this time. It was well worth it, and we both enjoyed the movie.

But, of course, like with all movie adaptations, there were some changes made that we were not too happy about.

****If you have not read the book and want to avoid spoilers, I would suggest not reading any further. Consider this your warning :)****

The one thing that they absolutely should not have gotten rid of in the movie was the concept of Wonderland. It was alien technology that basically made each human that was uploaded into the program relive their life in fast forward. It also gave the aliens insight into every single person they captured. In the book, we see Ben Parrish and Sammy go through Wonderland, since this is something that the aliens do to everyone who enters into their headquarters. It’s a nonissue, and something that cannot be avoided. When Ben/Zombie tries to go back to base to rescue Sammy, after he and the rest of his unit find out that they have been helping the aliens and are in fact the 5th wave that they have been all waiting for, the one thing he didn’t plan on encountering was having to go through Wonderland again. By being uploaded into Wonderland, the Others know the whole truth about everyone, and even though Zombie made up an elaborate lie as to why his whole unit turned rogue and why he was the only one to survive the onslaught, the Others would know the truth as soon as Wonderland showed them. I feel like this should have been kept in no matter what, and with author Rick Yancey overseeing everything going on with the movie, he should have spoken up about it. In the movie, Wonderland was reduced to the Others’ second home base since Wright-Patterson was being destroyed. It was totally not the same, and didn’t have the same impact as in the book. Thumbs down on this aspect.

Something that they added that I thought made the movie a little weird was a fight scene between Evan and some Others that corner him and Cassie on their way to Wright-Patterson. During this scene, we see that the Others have some superhuman type of strength, moving around as if they are vampires or werewolves, similar to what you would see in Twilight. In fact, after the movie was over, my best friend and I made that same recognition and thought it was weird. It’s hard to describe what we meant as weird, because the word weird could mean a number of things to any number of different people. It felt strange to see something that reminded us of Twilight in this movie, because in the book it was never really explained how they moved, how they fought. It was still a mystery, and the only thing we really knew was that they looked just like humans, and we couldn’t tell them apart from us. I loved the mystery aspect of the book and in the movie, it just felt like they needed to add something in it to get more action scenes.

I also wish they added more of the boot camp scenes. In the movie, it was very quick and didn’t seem like it was very difficult at all. In the book, it showed how intense the training was, how tired they all were at the end of the day, and how much they changed from when they first entered the base until the present day. It was so important to see that transition from scared little child into unwavering soldier. That’s essentially what the Others molded them to become, an Army that would wipe out the rest of humanity without having to lift a finger themselves. All they had to do was show some fake footage of a parasite in someone’s brain, and the kids would do the rest. They were bred into an ultimate killing machine, one that didn’t question why the “aliens” with their heads green on their Heads Up Display weren’t as menacing and brutal as they should have been. They also completely forgot about adding the part where the kids have to burn the bodies of dead people on a daily basis.

Yeah, that’s pretty brutal.

One thing my best friend mentioned that for some reason completely escaped me was how Cassie ended up figuring out that Evan wasn’t who he said he was. In the book, she is so infatuated by him, always talking about his chocolate colored eyes (in the movie, his eyes are amazingly blue but that’s okay. I don’t mind). She feels his hands and can’t help but think how soft they are.

But he’s supposed to have grown up on a farm all his life, the same farm where he took her to nurse him back to health, then how in the world does he have hands softer than her?

That was the moment that Cassie realized that he was lying. He wasn’t who he said he was. Hell, he may have even lied about not trying to kill her that day she almost died. She has no idea, and it freaks her out as it rightfully should. The one person she came to trust during her whole journey to find her brother just betrayed her, and now she feels like she’s sleeping in the enemy’s bed.


So why didn’t they put that in the movie? I have no idea. Maybe it was because to the producers and directors felt it was too small of a detail to include with everything else. Maybe they felt it would take away from everything else that was happening, especially because they had Evan and Cassie making their way to Wright-Patterson really fast rather than having them go through her rehabilitation phase. She got shot in the leg and was basically in a coma for a week. I doubt her leg was back up and running as quickly as they made it seem in the movie. But honestly it was their loss, because that was so smart of Cassie to figure that out. It showed that she paid attention to details, even though she was very hardheaded and “shoot first, ask questions later” because she had to be.

So after all of my thoughts finally down on paper, so to speak, I would have to give this round up to the BOOK.

Don’t get me wrong, the movie was amazing and besides what I mentioned, the book to movie translation was not terrible at all. I would watch it again and own the movie once it comes out, and I would love for them to make the rest of the trilogy into movies so I can watch them too. But there’s just so much detail that goes in this book that should have been shown in the movie too.