Divergent: Movie vs. Book

divergent-poster-fullDivergent is currently one of the most popular movies in theaters, which is incredibly cool because it was a YA book FIRST. (Read my review here.) I loved the book and had very high expectations for the movie.

This is what I loved:


The cast was fantastic. Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Theo James (Four) completely captured their character’s personalities. Their chemistry was incredible, and I tingled a little bit every time they were on screen together. (I’m sorry, is that weird?)

Christina, played by Zoe Kravitz, was also really great. She was snarky but sweet. The rest of the Dauntless gang, including Will, Al, and Peter, didn’t get as much screen time. But I think that’s understandable considering the producers had a lot to pack into the two and a half hour movie.

Unfortunately, Uriah was not even cast. If the second movie is made, he will definitely be in it. Read Veronica Roth’s thoughts on this matter.


In the books, the setting (futuristic Chicago) is a character unto itself. When the movie began and the camera swept over the set, I inwardly gasped. It was beautiful. Very industrial, very true to the book. The trains were just as I’d pictured them. Every time the Dauntless jumped onto or out of the moving trains, it was powerful.


The soundtrack was very fitting. And the costumes were spot-on. Each faction was given a very unique look, very true to the descriptions in the books.

Something I was definitely looking forward to was the portrayal of the fear landscapes. The fear landscapes are a fascinating part of Tris’ journey in Divergent, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it on screen.

While the movie as a whole was very close to the book, despite some minor differences (which I don’t think can be helped), the only major scene that did not appear in the movie but is relatively important to the book is Edward’s eye getting stabbed by Peter. Think of that what you will.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for Veronica Roth herself during the zip lining scene. 😉

Check out this interesting article:
‘Divergent’ Producer Douglas Wick On How To Make A Successful YA Adaptation

If you’ve read the book but haven’t seen the movie, SEE IT. If you’ve seen the movie but haven’t read the book, READ IT.

What were your thoughts??

4 thoughts on “Divergent: Movie vs. Book

  1. Brooke Younker

    Saw the movie just this weekend, and loved it! It’s been long enough since I read the book that all the major plot points I remember were hit in the movie (although I’m really glad they didn’t show the eye-stabbing scene… not one I’d like to see played out in full detail). Every scene gave me shivers 😉 Cast, set, soundtrack, all fantastic (especially cast).

    How’d I miss Veronica Roth in the zip-lining scene?!? I guess I have to go to the theater again this weekend 🙂

    1. brooke Post author

      I totally agree – I felt the same way about the eye-stabbing scene! I thought it was a very profound scene in the book, but I was so relieved when they skipped it in the movie because I was actually tensing for a while, waiting and attempting to mentally prepare myself. 😛 Yeah, and when I saw Veronica Roth, I actually smacked my sister and practically screamed, “IT’S VERONICA ROTH!” I don’t even think my sister was really impressed…

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