'Insurgent': Veronica Roth Reacts to "Clear Differences" Between Book and Movie
The 'Divergent' series author shares her thoughts on the newest film.
Veronica Roth has seen the new Insurgent movie already and she revealed her feelings about the movie in a Tumblr post.
Specifically, the author addressed the differences between the Insurgent movie and her book it was based on. In the second book of the Divergent series, Tris being scared to shoot a gun was a big plot point and there is no "mystery box." However, in the trailers for the film, the latest one of which was released today, we see Tris with a gun multiple times and constantly see an octopus of tubes connected to divergents as Jeanine attempts to unlock the mystery box.
Roth explained that she, like many fans, was apprehensive about the film after seeing the trailers. However, after seeing the movie she approved the changes that were made.
"Insurgent, the book, has a complicated plot—a lot of moving parts, a lot of ups and downs," wrote Roth. "That sort of thing can work in a book, but if it’s translated directly to the screen, it makes for a messy, confusing movie. The changes that were made streamline the story so it makes sense for this new format; in other words, they work."
Here's a look at her full post:
A few weeks ago I flew out to Los Angeles, a mythical place where there are flowers…on trees…in February. (What is this sorcery?!) And while I was there, I experienced another strange yet wonderful phenomenon: I saw Insurgent.
Guys, Insurgent is great— and fun to watch. It is a tense, action-packed adventure of a movie. At certain points, my muscles were so clenched I felt like I had just done a series of push-ups. When I left, I immediately wanted to go back in and see it again. (I still do!)
I know that some of you are probably apprehensive because as the trailers have revealed, there are a few clear differences between the book and the movie. I shared that apprehension walking into the screening room, but I walked out of the movie relieved—and excited. Insurgent, the book, has a complicated plot—a lot of moving parts, a lot of ups and downs. That sort of thing can work in a book, but if it’s translated directly to the screen, it makes for a messy, confusing movie. The changes that were made streamline the story so it makes sense for this new format; in other words, they work.
And more importantly, the characters—especially Tris, whose difficult emotional journey is really the driving force of Insurgent—are definitely the ones I know and love. Watching it, I felt so lucky that we had such a strong cast, who brought so much to every moment, and a great director, who added so much richness to the world while still keeping it familiar.
I can’t wait for you guys to see it, too!
Just one more month!