Once upon a time, a 14 year old girl read the Divergent Trilogy. It changed her in many ways because like many youths her age, she loved reading books. She was especially empathetic and got caught up in the story easily. Who is this young girl? Me.
I love the Divergent books and the movie. Being the mega fan that I am, of course I have to say the books were WAY better than the movie. Here is the thing, I still love the movie, even though it has it's faulty characters and missing pieces *cough cough URIAH cough cough*. The movie was extremely well done.
Recently, my older brother watched the movie with his wife. I spent some time with him one day and he brought it up, knowing I was a fan. I was shocked to here his opinion,
"It is such a tweener movie."
Obviously, my first thought was, "Who says 'tweener'?" Then it struck me that it was meant as a slight to Divergent. "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" was my next thought. But hey, I got to give the guy a chance to redeem himself, right? After further prompting, he explained that it didn't have depth and that the plot was designed for tweens. I was horribly offended, because I am not a tween and I love it. This started me on a roll that eventually led into my infamous speech: "It is so much more than just a romance, and you have to read the books first".
It annoys me to death when people who DON'T read the books go and see the movie first. That's just...just...wrong. If a movie is based off a book, read the book first to see what the hype is about! I do understand that some people aren't readers, or they don't have the time, but do some research then. Research never killed anyone, all it will do will help you understand the overall plot. Now, I know someone is going to call me out on spoilers, but if they aren't going to read the books, what harm will it do? We all know the basic plot line of Cinderella and yet I hear that lots of people are looking forward to seeing it.
Now the romance part. In the Divergent trilogy, Four and Tris' relationship is a big part of it, and I love it as much as the next teen girl. What you have to understand is that it is sooooo much more than just that. The main problem we see in the story is the idea of finding where one fits into society, while staying true to themselves. Raise your hand if you have dealt with this problem in your life. *Raises Hand* Yep, I bet most of you agree with me. Finding where we belong is a huge struggle for every person at some point in their lives. Tris is coming of age and has to decide where she belongs, based on a test that doesn't always give clear answers. Ambiguity people, no matter how much we hate it, it is apart of our daily lives and we have to deal with it.
So let's get back to the main issue, is Divergent a tween movie? Logically, (despite how much I hate to say that my brother was right), the answer is yes. Veronica Roth wrote the books for a young adult audience, the main readers were young adults, and probably most of the viewers were also young adults. From my brother's viewpoint, it is a tween movie. Despite the totally incorrect terminology.
Here is the saving point, Insurgent looks to be way more mature. The book itself was insane with fighting and deadly schemes. Personally, I'm afraid to go and see it when it comes out on March 20th. But that's just me, the fangirl who doesn't want to see her heroine tainted by Hollywood. Will you go and see it?