I have to admit that before the films came out I had barely heard of the YA trilogy by Veronica Roth. I think the first film must have come out around about the same time as the last book as I’d heard it mentioned but I had no idea what it was about or even that it was popular. For some reason though I was intrigued by the film and I even went to see it at the cinema. At the time I thought the film was so good that I went home and immediately got myself a copy of the book, Divergent, which I thought was great.
And that was as far as I ever got. While I enjoyed the film and the book it is based on there is something about the Divergent series that just doesn’t draw me in.
I was completely engrossed reading the book, and I enjoyed seeing the world-building come to life in the film, but I’m not hooked, and with YA I normally am. I watched the film and read the first book and then nothing. I wasn’t interested in learning more, or seeing how the story carries on, and the only thing I can possibly think could be the reason, is because I’m not emotionally invested in any of the characters. For years the story, both in the books and the films have just passed me by.
Until I got flu recently, and I was looking for something to watch, so I streamed Divergent again just because I knew I could watch it without having to focus to much. And I will admit that I really enjoyed the film; the story and the ideas behind the world-building are great and very entertaining, but I don’t think there is very much originality and I still struggle to connect to the characters.
I definitely recommend the film for the entertainment factor, but don’t expect your socks to be knocked off.