Lionsgate/Summit would have you believe – as would a June 2013 issue of EW – that no-name actress Shailene Woodley is going to become the next Jennifer Lawrence, what with her, Shailene Woodley, set to appear in the big screen adaptation of the Young Adult series of books from virtually unknown (to adults and most young adults) author, Veronica Roth.
The Divergent story is a complete ripoff and ugly stepsister of The Hunger Games series of books (and movies), right down to the book cover, that we cannot believe the publisher got away with.
First, the pretentious synopsis for the first movie in the planned film franchise, Divergent, is almost a cut and past from The Hunger Games, replete with the word ‘dystopia’, that no one under the age of 20 knows the definition of, and most over the age of 20 would never utter in their lifetime, if they lived 40,000 years.
“Set in a futuristic dystopia where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, sixteen-year-olds have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another – for the rest of their lives. Beatrice Prior makes a choice that surprises everyone. Then Tris and her fellow faction-members have to live through a highly competitive initiation process to live out the choice they have made. They must undergo extreme physical and intense psychological tests, that transform them all. But Tris has a secret she’s kept hidden, because if anyone knew, it would mean a certain death. As she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, this secret might help her save the people she loves… or it might destroy her.”
We’re betting that not only will Divergent be a huge box office bomb, not only because the cast is comprised of complete unknowns, but that its stars, including the utterly unattractive Shailene Woodley will never achieve C-list status, although it seems EW was paid a lot to tout the loathesome Shailene Woodley in their article, writing this in their first sentence of their cover story about the movie Divergent: “Shailene Woodley is well on her way to the top of Hollywood’s A-list.”
Oh, The Hunger Games trilogy of books have sold nearly 40 million copies (more than 20 million copies sold before the first movie was even released), while the Divergent trilogy is not even at 2.5 million total copies sold.