Divergent: 10 Big Differences Between The Movie And Book

By Jessica Rawden 2014-03-21 15:31:07discussion comments
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The society author Veronica Roth created in Divergent is a complicated one, with five very different ideologies pieced together to create factions of humans who dress together, eat together and donít really have much in common with outsiders. There is abnegation, a faction of selfless individuals who look to help others and run the government. Erudite is for the smarty pants. Candor is for the honest. Amity, the lighthearted and Dauntless is for the brave and selfish, the protectors of the city. Itís where our heroine, Beatrice, wants to be, but does she really fit in?

Director Neil Burgerís big screen take on Veronica Rothís story does diverge in some ways, but often attempts to keep the integral portions of the novel intact, changing details and dialogue to suit its own needs and whims. The biggest changes then, mostly stem from Lionsgateís need to keep the movie at a PG-13 level when some of the dystopian content from the book is harrowing and ultimately unsettling. Most of the changes work, but fans of the novel might be a bit surprised when they first watch certain scenes play out.

Following are the ten biggest changes I noticed in my screening of Divergent. Feel free to remark on any changes you feel may have been more noticeable. There are many spoilers in the Divergent book to movie comparison. Do not delve in if you want the film to be a surprise.

Dauntless train No one fails out of Dauntless on the first day. While Burgerís vision still makes it clear that Dauntless is a tough faction, there are no recruits who become factionless. Additionally, there is no recruit who misses the building and plummets to her death.

Peter divergent Peter is less vicious and adds a tinge of humor to the movie. In the novel, he is a monster, cheating and using violence to ascertain his high ranking in Dauntless. At one point, he even stabs another trainee in the eye to keep his place in the rankings. In the movie, he is still despicable, but he has humor and an attitude that makes him a more complicated villain.
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