It has been six years since 'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth was adapted into a film. So here are some powerful quotes from the movie adaptation of 'Insurgent' that will bring you back to the days when dystopian stories were all the rage!
There are so many directions to go with divergent, but even ignoring the fact that her brother goes on to play her boyfriend, there’s so much. What faction are you? Honestly, I want some “My Life as a Background Slytherin” style content about what it would be like to just be kind of… chilling in Dauntless while Tris does all this dramatic stuff?
Asking the Real Questions
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Listen. Listen. I know there’s probably a reason you invited me to your apartment. But you have to understand. I have two interests in this life. I want your wifi, and I want to know if you have a pet. A cat that wants to walk back and forth between my feet? A dog who wants to rest its head on my knees? Even a bird or a fish or something, I guess. But as long as you have wifi, I do really have all I need. Tell your dogs I love them.
They’re so Tough
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Literally, how do these people function? What on earth is Candor society? You’d know everything about everyone! How do you bounce back from that? It’s worse than living in a small town! I wouldn’t even mind about telling the truth, I don’t think, but knowing things? What a nightmare. I’d rather be in Amity, where they very clearly know nothing. Except how to farm. They truly are the Huffleepuffs of the Divergent series.
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Look, not to be that guy, but it’s definitely not a metaphor. It’s not even actually ironic. It’s maybe just a little bit on the nose, honestly. Plus, I’ve got serious questions about Four’s name. When Tris arrives in Dauntless, they tell her she’s gotta use a name FOREVER. She’s never been in the fear simulation. So how did he know he’d have four fears under the same circumstances? He didn’t know yet! How was he named before he had a reason to be named that?
No One Likes You!
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It really, really should have been. No one even likes that guy! He’s literally the worst. I might be forgetting someone, but I’m going to go ahead and call him the worst brother in literature. And honestly, all these people know Tris. How do they not see her choices coming and prevent them? It’s like the high stakes version of me and my best friend trying to spy vs spy pay for lunch. Of course she was going to try to sacrifice herself. It’s what she does!
No Talent, One Talent
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It’s only a flesh wound, I’ll bite your ankles off! It’s true, though. And I get that they’re sort of like cops or whatever, but what does a society that’s not at war need a fifth of their people in the military for? Look, I know the experiment was designed this way, I know, but the internal logic? Spotty at best. How much violence can there possibly be to stop? Who’s the head of the government again? Barty Crouch Junior? Constant vigilance!
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Tomorrow is the anniversary of one of the most popular YA dystopias of all time, Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Written while Roth was still an undergraduate, Divergent was a tremendous accomplishment, both personally and financially. Today, fans can celebrate the publication of one of their favorites! But they might still be wondering what happened to the movies, given their insanely popular source material. That story, unfortunately, ends in far less financial success.
In the early 2010s, YA film adaptations were popping up everywhere. Trying to replicate the success of Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, studios were trying extra hard to find the next big tween hit. Films based on Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures and The Maze Runner exploded onto the big screen. Some fared better than others, but most crashed and burned due to poor quality or lack of interest.
One of the most interesting cases of this phenomenon is the Divergent film series. What started out as a promising YA franchise quickly lost steam until it couldn’t continue. Let’s take a look at the book and film series and see what happened.
The Divergent Trilogy takes place in a dystopian society where everyone is defined by their dominant personality traits and forced to live in factions based on those traits for the rest of their lives. The main protagonist, Beatrice Prior, is classified as a Divergent, meaning that she does not fit into any group. The series follows Beatrice as she tries to navigate a dangerous world that kills those who diverge from the system and act independently.
The trilogy was easily compared to other series such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. Nevertheless, the series was positively reviewed by critics for its action, characters, and themes of independence and identity, and each book became a bestseller. So, it seemed inevitable that a film series would come out of this.
The Ingredients For A Successful Film Franchise Were Already There
Studio Lionsgate purchased the rights to The Divergent Trilogy in 2011 with hopes to turn it into a film series, even going as far as splitting the last book into two films in the tradition of its moneymaking predecessors, Twilight and Harry Potter. With The Twilight Saga ending and The Hunger Games films just getting started, another YA blockbuster was a logical step.
The casting for the film was strong and well-received. Shailene Woodley, a rising star at the time, fit the role perfectly. A well-rounded cast featuring the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Zoë Kravitz gave the film a good amount of star power.
With a modest budget and a dedicated fan base, everything was in place to make an amazing film.
When the first film, Divergent, released in 2014, reception was mixed. While the action and the performances were praised, the plot received criticism. Many reviewers called the film “unoriginal”, comparing it to other films in the YA genre. Still, the film did well at the box office, grossing over $280 million worldwide, and was well-received by fans.
A sequel, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, came out in 2015. This movie was less well-received, with the same criticisms regarding the plot remaining. The film eventually grossed close to $290 million worldwide, but with a much larger budget the returns weren’t as significant.
Things really turned south with the release of the third film, The Divergent Series: Allegiant, in 2016. Not only was this one the worst reviewed film in the series from critics and fans, it was also a box office bomb, grossing only $179 million against a $142 million budget.
A Proposed TV Show
With diminishing returns, Lionsgate had to rethink its strategy. After slashing the budget for the last intended film, The Divergent Series: Ascendent, it was later revealed that the studio would wrap up the story as a television “event” series, set to premiere on Starz.
This revelation did not sit well with the cast, specifically Woodley. After almost a year with no news, Woodley finally revealed in 2017 that she would not be a part of the television series. Once the main star departed, other cast members showed a lack of interest in continuing, and the planned show was promptly cancelled.
It’s a shame that the series wasn’t able to continue, especially considering the last film ended on a cliffhanger. Given the series’ popularity, it’s likely that many fans are still hungry for more content. Fortunately, they can always re-read the books they love so much.
What are your thoughts on Divergent? Were you a fan of the movies?
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