Friday Fascination

My Take on Divergent

I read Divergent because my enthusiastic friend (you know who you are) couldn’t stop talking about it and was counting down the days until the movie. I wanted to read the book before the movie, so…I smoked through it in one weekend. I liked it. I thought it had all the makings for a great movie: action, political unrest, apocalyptic world, a smidge of romance.

But, lemme tell ya…this is the first movie-EVER-I liked better than the book (not that I wasn’t slightly annoyed when the movie diverged–get it? Diverge?from the book). I’ll count down a few reasons why:

TrisKick-ass, yet imperfect and sometimes vulnerable, heroine





Pretty cool dystopian world and a population split into five unique factions


FightingAwesome fighting–not only hand-to-hand, but with guns and daggers–and you know how I like my sharp, pointy weapons. Sigh…it’s like all my violent dreams in one movie.



Freakin’ amazing tattoos

Theo Better






Oh, yeah…did I mention this guy, Four? He’s like a walking weapon. I want to be on his team.










And now, I’ve bumped Insurgent to the tippy-top of my must-read-now list (actually, I AM reading it now). Have you read the book, seen the movie? What do you think…book, movie, neither (ack), both?


  1. Loved book 1 and I’m seeing the movie on Sunday. There is this one preview with Tris running her fingers over Fours back and then they kiss. OMG!! I want to see that part over and over. I did not appreciate books 2 & 3 as much and I had friends that hated the 2nd & 3rd..but you still must read them! And I’ll be seeing those movies too.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Ooh, thanks for reminding me of that tattoo scene. Shiver. Four is WAY sexier in the movie than I ever pictured him in the book – and I’m okay with that. 🙂 I’ve heard mixed feelings about how the series ends, so I’m worried, but of course I have to see how it all ends. Fist-bump, fellow Divergent lover! Enjoy the movie!

  2. I haven’t read the book. YA isn’t normally my thing, but the rest of the family was insistent we go see it. I loved the movie. I actually liked it better than the Hunger Games…which has made for all kinds of family arguments since then. My oldest daughter even did an online test with me the day after we saw the movie. Apparently, I’m the blue team. Figures. I like the idea of taking over the world.

    1. CJ Burright says:

      I liked it better than HG too (couldn’t stand the scene in HG with kids killing kids – kinda ruined it for me). Oh no, the blue team? If you’re not on Four’s team…I’m not sure we can be friends anymore, Rhenna.

  3. Sounds interesting, CJ. I’ll have to go see this movie. Also, can you please add a “Like” button to this website? 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Hi, Ashley! I’ll have to check into adding a “like” button…my techie skills are somewhat challenged though, so no promises. 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed the first book, but stopped reading after the second. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing the movie! Glad to hear another good review–my sister told me to go because of the “Hawt” guy. 🙂

    1. CJ Burright says:

      Yep, Theo James is definitely easy on the eyes…although he’s a bit older than I pictured Four. Not that I’m complaining!

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