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7 Differences You May Have Missed Between The Divergent Book And Film

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Although the film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent stays relatively true to its source material, there are a few key differences and omissions that every fan needs to know about. Here’s our list of 7 differences you may have missed between The Divergent book and film

Although the film adaptations of Veronica Roth’s literary Divergent series didn’t garner the same buzz as The Hunger Games with which they’re compared to, the books are nonetheless a fantastic read.

But if you’ve only watched the films, you’re missing out on a few key differences from the books (and in some cases, complete omissions) that give more detail and context to the story.

Here are 7 of the biggest differences between the first book and film of the series, Divergent.

WARNING: The next section contains spoilers and excerpts from the first book and film.

1. The aptitude test doesn’t offer Tris meat and a knife

In the film, Beatrice’s (Tris’) aptitude test shows her being given the choice between meat and a knife as a means of dealing with a vicious dog. In the book though, the choice is slightly different.

On the table in front of me are two baskets. In one is a hunk of cheese, and in the other, a knife the length of my forearm.

This may seem like an insignificant detail but, we learn from the books that Abnegation eat plain foods and meats – such as chicken. For Tris to have a fair choice in her aptitude test, she’d have to be presented with two things that are familiar to her, which makes their use of meat in the film questionable.

2. Tris’ mum visits her at Dauntless HQ and meets Four

Watching it, the next difference we see from the Divergent book to the film is Tris’ mum (Natalie) find Tris while members of Dauntless are loading wagons with supplies. It is here that Tris tells Natalie that her aptitude test was inconclusive, and Natalie tells Tris she is in danger as a Divergent. Although their risky reunion adds to the tension and suspense, their meeting in the books is far less covert. 

The initiates all get a ‘Visiting Day’ where their families can come and see them – even if they’ve transferred to a new faction. Natalie also meets Four (something which never happens in the films as she dies before there’s a chance) and recognises him.

She tilts her head. “You look familiar for some reason, Four.”

“I can’t imagine why,” he replies, his voice suddenly cold. “I don’t make a habit of associating with the Abnegation.”

My mother laughs. She has a light laugh, half air and half sound. “Few people do, these days. I don’t take it personally.”

He seems to relax a little. “Well, I’ll leave you to your reunion.”

We don’t know this at the time, but Four’s face is familiar to Natalie because he is actually Tobias, the Abnegation leader’s son. Tobias moved to Dauntless at 16 years old, amongst controversy and speculation that his father used to abuse him.

3. Natalie knows about the simulation serum and sends Tris on a mission to Erudite

During the above meeting, Natalie also gives Tris a job to do (which isn’t mentioned in the film), and we get our first hint that something sinister may be going on behind the scenes.

“There’s something I want you to do,” she says. “I can’t go visit your brother, but you can, when initiation is over. So I want you to go find him and tell him to research the simulation serum. Okay? Can you do that for me?”

Of course, we later discover that this simulation serum is what Erudite use to control Dauntless soldiers and turn them into robot-like killers.

4. Tris overhears a secret conversation about Divergents

Leader of Erudite and mastermind behind the plot to overthrow Abnegation, Jeanine, is seen meeting Tris several times during the film. The first is at the beginning during the Choosing Ceremony. The second is in the halls at Dauntless HQ. And the third is when Tris goes to Erudite HQ to find her brother.

But this third meeting in the film is Tris’ first actual meeting with her in the books – although, prior to this, she overhears a secret conversation between Jeanine and Eric when everyone else is asleep.

The dormitory is dark now – everyone has gone to bed. Probably exhausted from resenting me so much, I think with a wry smile. As if coming from the most hated faction wasn’t enough, now I’m showing them up, too.

I get out of bed to get a drink of water. I’m not thirsty, but I need to do something. My bare feet make sticky sounds on the floor as I walk, my hand skimming the wall to keep my path straight. A bulb glows blue above the drinking fountain.

I tug my hair over one shoulder and bend over. As soon as the water touches my lips, I hear voices at the end of the hallway. I creep closer to them, trusting the dark to keep me hidden.

“So far there haven’t been any signs of it.” Eric’s voice. Signs of what?

“Well, you wouldn’t have seen much of it yet,” someone replies. A female voice; cold and familiar, but familiar like a dream, not a real person. “Combat training shows you nothing. The simulations, however, reveal who the Divergent rebels are, if there are any, so we will have to examine the footage several times to be sure.”

At this point, Tris doesn’t know the voice belongs to Jeanine. It’s only later when she meets her in person at Erudite HQ that Tris realises the voice she overheard at Dauntless belongs to her.

5. Al fancies Tris

next on our list of Divergent book and film differences is the friendship between Tris and Christina. It’s the main focus of the films – with Will also getting a little air time. But Tris, Christina, Will and Al all are all very close in the books. In fact, Al feels more for Tris than just friendship.

“I feel braver when I’m around you, you know,” he says. “Like I could actually fit in here, the same way you do.”

I am about to respond when he slides his arm across my shoulders. Suddenly I freeze, my cheeks hot.

I didn’t want to be right about Al’s feelings for me. But I was.

Al’s deep friendship and romantic feelings for Tris are just not explored in the film, which makes Al’s suicide after betraying Tris seem a little extreme for those who don’t know this backstory.

6. One of the initiates is stabbed through the eye in the middle of the night

One event which is completely left out of the films is a horrendous stabbing in the communal dorm as the initiates sleep.

I hear a scuffle across the room and lift my head from the pillow. My eyes aren’t adjusted to the dark, so I stare into pure black, like the backs of my eyelids. I hear shuffling and the squeak of a shoe. A heavy thud.

And then a wail that curdles my blood and makes my hair stand on end. I throw the blankets back and stand on the stone floor with bare feet. I still can’t see well enough to find the source of the scream, but I see a dark lump on the floor a few bunks down. Another scream pierces my ears.

[…]

The lights come on.

Edward lies on the floor next to his bed, clutching at his face. Surrounding his head is a halo of blood, and jutting between his clawing fingers is a silver knife handle. My heart thumping in my ears, I recognise it like a butter knife from the dining hall. The blade is stuck in Edward’s eye.

Edward was ranked first on the leaderboard – making him a target for others who want to secure the safety that comes with that top spot. And it’s not long before the culprit/s are revealed.

When I look around, I see that only two faces are missing.

Drew.

And Peter.

Not only does this add weight to Peter’s sinister nature, but it’s also a reminder of how tense things can get between initiates, who are all competing with one another so they don’t become factionless.

7. Only Four is sat in the control room manning the simulation computers

In the film when Tris heads back to Dauntless HQ to shut down the program controlling many of the Dauntless members, the control room is full of people from Erudite. This includes Erudite’s leader, Jeanine. But in the books, Four is the only person there.

One of the screens has a line of code on it instead of an image. It breezes past faster than I can read it. It is the simulation, the code already compiled, a complicated list of commands that anticipate and address a thousand different outcomes.

In front of the screen is a chair and a desk. Sitting in the chair is a Dauntless soldier.

“Tobias,” I say.

This isn’t a huge difference, but it does change the atmosphere at the moment where Four tries to kill Tris (under simulation).


And that’s our list of 7 Divergent book and film differences. Did we miss any? Of course, there are many more subtle differences between the book and film which have less impact on the overall plot. Are there any you would have included? Leave a comment below.


More of our book to movie comparisons HERE.

Read IMDB information about the Divergent movie HERE.

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It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.

1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021

You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022

This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.

3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022

The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.

4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022

Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.

5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022

Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.

6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022

Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.

7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022

The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.

8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022

AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.

9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.

10. Ninth House – TBD

Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.

11. They Both Die at the End – TBD

When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.

12. The Selection – TBD

A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.

13. The Red Queen – TBD

Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.

14. Blackout – TBD

Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.

15. Long Way Down – TBD

Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.


That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.

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