When it comes to book to big screen adaptations I’m always a skeptic, so when the first trailer for Divergent dropped during the MTV Video Music Awards you could say I hit the play button with a certain degree of hesitation.
I recently caught The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a film I had really been looking forward to, and was utterly disappointed. I’m well aware that stories need to be tweaked for the big screen, but the second half of that book was no less than brutalized in favour of pulling no punches with the teen screen market. Props to Robert Sheehan though, he made an excellent Simon, and Jemima West, Jared Harris and Aidan Turner weren’t bad either, but seriously, anyone who says that movie is a faithful book adaptation is having an actual giraffe.
Lionsgate, the studio that brings us The Hunger Games, is behind the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s best selling novel, and I think they MAY have done an ok job. Emphasis on the MAY. I wasn’t bowled over by THG to be honest, but if the trailers for Catching Fire are anything to go by, the studio definitely seems to be learning a thing or two about adapting YA for the big screen.
Shailene Woodley makes for an interesting Tris, while Kate Winslet certainly looks set to be a worthy adversary for the Descendants star and her new on-screen partner Theo James. Or Mr Pamuk from Downton Abbey, as you might know him. Yeah, it’s yer man who died in Lady Mary’s bed.
If you want to know more about Divergent, check out my previous post about why you should read the novel itself, or y’know, head along to the cinema in March 2014. It’s only a few months away sure.
Here’s hoping they make a decent stab at this one.