‘Divergent’

As many of you know, I attended the premiere of ‘Divergent’ in Tempe, Arizona yesterday.

As of right now, I cannot upload a full review of the film. I will wait to do so after the film officially releases in theaters!

I will say the following. I know that most people are giving the film rave reviews, 2 thumbs up, five stars & all that jazz. I re-read the book the night prior to the premiere to refresh myself on the story.

The film was good, but I was not amazed. There are changes to the film from the book that I was disappointed to see. For a film with a run time of 143 minutes, I definitely thought they could have done more with it.

‘Divergent’ was a good movie, but it definitely could have been better.

(I know I will probably get backlash for this, but I want to be honest about my opinion on the film.)

Be sure to return to my blog as of March 21st for the official review of the film.

My vlog review will go up shortly there after at The Nerd Element’s Youtube page.

Veronica Roth on Four, Tris and Allegiant!

Veronica Roth answered questions for USA Today about Divergent, Four, Tris and Allegiant

1. How did the idea for the Divergent trilogy come together, and now that you’ve finished, how has it evolved?

Originally it came from this concept in psychology called exposure therapy where people with phobias are repeatedly exposed to their fears until their brain reconditions it. That’s the little nugget, and it took on a life of its own. As Tris grows up and her world gets bigger, I’m doing the same thing at the same time. When this began, I’d just graduated college and my world just kept getting bigger.

2. What are fans are dying to see in the final book?

So far, Tris and Four’s relationship has been somewhat chaste and I think everyone is rooting for things to get a little more physically intimate, let’s just put it that way. In Allegiant, the relationship definitely develops, but I won’t spoil more.

3. You went to Northwestern and live in Chicago now. Why did you use your city as a dystopian setting?

There’s something really fun about it because it’s so clean compared to other cities. Imagining it all destroyed and wrecked was really interesting — not that I want to see it destroyed and wrecked! It also just kind of appeared out of nowhere. When I wrote the first draft of Divergent, there were just a lot of trains and this marsh and I just realized that it’s already in Chicago. My favorite buildings, Sears (Willis)Tower and the Merchandise Mart, are both in the books. So are the Ferris wheel and the Bean.

4. Did you envision certain characters in the starring roles for the movie adaptation?

I don’t really have a clear image of my characters as I’m writing — it’s kind of like I’m squinting at it from a distance. They’re just blurry people who do things. But when Shailene (Woodley) and Theo (James) were cast and I saw their screen test together, it was absolutely perfect.

5. What writers have inspired you?

I had this stretch of childhood where I read a ton of children’s fiction, then I grew up and read it all over again. I’m a big fan of Lois Lowry, of The Giver, and Madeleine L’Engle, of A Wrinkle in Time. But my dad also instilled in me a science fiction streak. I read Dune by Frank Herbert when I was far too young to understand it.

Read more: http://www.divergentfans.com/profiles/blogs/divergent-s-veronica-roth-talks-about-four-s-and-tris-s-relations#ixzz2e2Ji6YjP

‘Divergent’ Cast and Panel at SDCC

Divergent is a film we’re looking forward to primarily because of the great cast that’s been assembled for it. If you feel the same, and are attending the 2013 SDCC, read on for the details of what Summit has planned for the event.

Summit Entertainment will showcase the film adaption of the #1 New York Times best-selling novel Divergent at Comic-Con 2013 as follows:

– Hall H Panel: The studio’s panel on Thursday, July 18th, will feature the first footage ever seen of the futuristic thriller and a Q&A with Divergent‘s filmmakers and cast, including novelist Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger, and cast members Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, and Christian Madsen.

– Convention Floor Booth: Summit Entertainment’s booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight Divergent. Exclusive premium promotional items will be distributed to the attendees walking the convention floor, and cast members will sign autographs for booth visitors.

Keep it here for more San Diego Comic-Con 2013 news as it comes.

Summit Entertainment’s highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent stars Golden Globe nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet. The film also features Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. The futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s trilogy of novels is directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.

Divergent is a thrilling adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late.

Summit will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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Veronica Roth reveals inside ‘Allegiant’ scoop at Book Expo America!

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How exciting! Veronica Roth revealed at Book Expo America that we will be able to see what is beyond the fence in Allegiant. So ominous! She shares this tidbit at 1:10 in the video below. The third installment hits stores on October 22nd, 2013.

Divergent tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior, who lives in a dystopian future where people are divided into factions based on their personalities. In these factions, individuals uphold one virtue (selflessness, bravery, peacefulness, honesty, intelligence) above all others – but during the choosing ceremony when you turn 16 you can choose to either stay with your family in the faction you are born into, or leave behind everything you’ve grown to know, the customs and culture you’re accustomed to…and the people you love. One choice will change you, it may destroy you, and will ultimately define you. The film version stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, Theo James as Four, Kate Winslet as Jeanine, Miles Teller as Peter, Zoe Kravitz as Christina, Jai Courtney as Eric, Ben Lloyd-Hughes as Will, Christian Madsen as Al, Ben Lamb as Edward, and Ansel Elgort as Caleb. Tony Goldwyn and Ashley Judd will be portraying Tris and Caleb’s parents.