It’s time for another book vs. movie post. You may have read my last one, which was about Divergent, the first installment in Veronica Roth’s series. So let’s check out Insurgent, the second part!
Right after the events of Divergent, Tris and her friends continue the fight against Erudite. They try to unite with the Factionless where Four runs into some familiar faces. After an encounter with the Candor, the final battle against Janine and the Erudite begins – with some unexpected results…
Book vs. Movie:
Well, those of you who read my last post know that I was no exactly thrilled. However, as the series was so popular, I decided to give it another shot.
I’ll kick off with the novel. Veronica Roth’s idea for a dystopian world seemed interesting and I had expected some development, but the world she created is just as shallow as all of the characters. There is not much added in comparison to the first novel and honestly, you could have cut most of Insurgent anyways. In fact, the whole system seems to make less sense with every page you read.
Furthermore, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loath the main character, Tris. She’s beyond annoying. There’s nothing she doesn’t whine about and I honestly don’t know what constitutes her as heroine.
Then there’s this whole love story thing between her and Four. He’s almost as anti as her – so the two really deserve each other.
Finally the book ends with a plot twist you could see coming for miles (as it is probably the first point in dystopian writing 101). The book was a disappointment, so let’s see how the story did on screen.
The movie is somewhat different in terms of plot development. We eventually get to a similar outcome but most of the way was changed – and not for the better. The story makes even less sense with all the changes and is extremely confusing. As I mentioned in my review for part one, the differences between the factions don’t really come through in the film apart from clothes in unique colors, they all seem very alike. That’s one of the biggest disappointments for me, as Veronica Roth gave the film makers quite a lot to work with.
I hadn’t thought it possible but Tris is even more shallow in the adaptation. Fortunately we get less whining as we can’t hear what’s going on inside her head.
Many of the scenes in the movie are over the top and very unrealistic. So instead of saving this novel the adaptation is just flat and unimpressive.
Honestly, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Insurgent is even worse that the first installment Divergent. Both book and movie are huge letdowns for me.
Did you read the book? Watch the movie? Let me know in the comments what you think!