I have borrowed the newly released DVD copy of Divergent from the library and I was inspired to write this post. There are many reasons why I love the story and premise of Veronica Roth’s trilogy Divergent. The book captured me from the very first time I saw the cover and read the book’s tagline – One Choice Can Transform You. The truth to that sentence is astounding. They say never judge a book by its cover, but from that first glance I was hooked.
For those of you unfamiliar with the book’s basic premise, here is a brief summary. As I have never been good at summarizing books or movies (or tv shows for that matter), I do not take credit for this summary.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
(Thank you Goodreads).
So, without further a due, here are the reasons why I love “Divergent” both the movie and the book, and they are in no particular order.
Let’s start with the book…
Tris Prior is brave, courageous, fearless and feisty – all of which I admire. She’s also smart and she doesn’t trust easily. She asks questions and does her research and strives to discover and learn truths for herself – all of which are qualities that I admire.
The whole idea of factions and people living in communities matching to personality intrigues me. I’ve always been interested in personality testing and so a book that has a basis of individuals being divided by the way they act and think is a second thing that appealed to me about Divergent. I think most people wonder where they belong and deal with that questioning of who they are and who they should be during their youth up until their late 20s – and possibly even beyond. We seek to experiment and discover truths about ourselves and the world as we know it.
Tris starts to believe she knows who she is, and then the whole concept of Factions and rebelling against human nature throughs a wrench into her thoughts, further demonstrating whether we really every know completely who we are, or whether we are constantly evolving as individuals. Can individuals fit into a category or is everyone a little bit of every personality characteristic, expressing varying degrees of strength and weakness in a given trait?
The book is very quotable and inspiring….
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.
“It must require bravery to be honest all the time.”
“We believe in bravery. We believe in taking action. We believe in freedom from fear and in acquiring the skills to force the bad out of our world so that the good can prosper and thrive. If you also believe in those things, we welcome you.”
(Those are just a few quotes that I like…I’ll let you read the book and discover more on your own).
Now, the movie…
Theo James, who plays Four, is incredibly good looking!
Shaleine Woodley portrays Tris well, in my opinion and I can’t picture anyone else playing her now that she has assumed the role.
The soundtrack is fantastic – I love that Ellie Goulding and other techno-based artists make up the majority of musical acts featured. I think it is a great fit.
One of my favourite scenes is when Tris is first running to catch the Dauntless train after choosing her faction. I think “Run Boy Run” portrays the anticipation and adrenaline of the moment well.
I would love to zipline like Tris does over the city lights – how cool and thrilling would that be?
In both the book and the movie I am enthralled by the relationship between Tris and Four, and to be it is actually believable and realistic. In my experience, people don’t let the one they love in that easily. This story portrays that. The clashing and pretending not to care that so often can happen when two people meet, until both becomes comfortable with their feelings. Not knowing everything about the other person right of the bat, but slowly learning about each other and falling in love unconsciously. Plus, Tris and Four kick ass together which I love. A couple should be a force to wrecked with; a pair that can take on the world together and support each other with their love and strength. It’s a bond that is unbreakable. I don’t know about you, but that’s the love I dream about.
So, I recommend the book and the move to anyone and everyone who can relate to making choices, fighting for themselves, their loved ones, and their beliefs, not giving in to fear, and being brave. Watch the movie or read the book, and maybe then read book 2 or 3. Regardless, I don’t think you will be disappointed.