From Page to Screen: Divergent

The film adaptation of the first book in Veronica Roth’s bestselling and Teens’ Top Ten winning Divergent trilogy has been widely hyped over the past couple of weeks. The Internet Divergent-posterat large has been chattering for weeks now about Divergent stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James and what is sure to be their blockbuster, star creating roles. If you want to play a fun game, then you should YouTube all recent interviews with the actors and see how long it takes the interviewer to ask them about accepting a role in such a huge movie. It seems fairly odd, given the movie hadn’t been released until this past Friday, so unless they were fortune tellers, there was no real way to know whether or not this movie would succeed critically or financially.

Sure, Divergent is a best-selling series, but then again so was City of Bones, Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy and– well, you see where I’m going with this… None of these films were able to capitalize on their source materials success, so how is that Divergent was seen as a forgone conclusion before the film hit theaters? Does it have something to do with the constant comparison to The Hunger Games? Or maybe it has something to do with the enigmatic Shailene Woodley who is apparently the YA book to film “It” girl right now?

I’m wondering about all of the above, because in all seriousness, I really liked the film adaptation of Divergent. As a book and film nerd, this movie is a pretty solid B+ adaptation with a grade A for acting. There is a definite reason Shailene Woodley is the new “it” girl for these films, and she showcases her talents well in Divergent. My filmgirl nerdiness usually means that I understand critics response to movies, which is why the 40% rotten rating from Rotten Tomatoes or this film is pretty baffling to me. It seems a pretty weird trajectory for a movie that has had such non-stop hype and one where the movie is actually a good movie. To be honest, the critical response to Divergent has me wondering if critics are having some YA book-to-movie fatigue. This movie is definitely as good as the first Hunger Games film, which had an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes when it was first released.  Continue reading From Page to Screen: Divergent

Ain’t No Party Like a Divergent Party! (or…how to throw a party to celebrate the Divergent movie release)

DivergentVeronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, was the #1 choice on the 2012 Teens’ Top Ten list, and now the screen adaptation is about to take movie theaters by storm. Last October, we celebrated the story’s conclusion with an Allegiant book release party at my library, and I am here to tell you how you, too, can throw an awesome Divergent themed party leading up to the release of the movie this Friday, March 21.

Costumes are key

We encouraged our party guests to dress up like their favorite character or faction.  Of course, there were many dressed up like Tris in her Dauntless wear, some complete with her tattoos.  However, there were a few that dressed as a faction, and interestingly enough the most popular was Abnegation.  Need a refresher on what the factions wear? Veronica Roth did a few posts on her Web site in which she modeled each of the factions’ colors:

Dauntless:  All black with piercings and tattoos.  Colored hair is also encouraged.  Click here to check out Roth’s interpretation.

Amity: Dress in red and yellow clothing.  Click here for Roth’s version and a bit more elaboration of her idea of the members of Amity.

Erudite: One item of clothing must be blue for members of the Erudite faction.

Candor: This faction is all about honesty, so their clothes are black and white.

Abnegation: Gray clothes and a simple style are important for the Abnegation faction.

Click on this link to see Roth’s styling of the Erudite, Candor, and Abnegation factions.

If you are encouraging costumes, then you could also have a costume contest.  Have attendees vote on whose costume is the best (just make the rule that they can’t vote for themselves, which should be easy for the Abnegation members!).  We gave away copies of the Divergent series books to winners, but you could also have prizes like movie theater gift cards or check out the various fan merchandise available at Hot Topic for prize ideasContinue reading Ain’t No Party Like a Divergent Party! (or…how to throw a party to celebrate the Divergent movie release)