Why seeing “Divergent” this weekend made me a bigger fan of the series.

A little over two years ago, I went on a reading binge. I had read the first Hunger Games my senior year of high school, but the other two in the trilogy weren’t out yet, so I just left it at that. Two years later when a movie was announced, I devoured the series in about three days. And I wanted more.

I perused the shelves of my local Half Price Books, and laid my eyes on Divergent. I read the jacket cover and thought, “Ok, this kind of sounds like it could give me my dystopian-teen fix.”

I know, I know. That was not a fair way to approach a new series. I just want to say a big “I’m sorry!” to Veronica Roth. I shouldn’t have picked up your book hoping to learn more about Katniss and Peeta, because that’s not what you wrote about. I’ve since learned my lesson, but at the time, I was just disappointed. I was definitely comparing the books too much, and decided I wasn’t too interested in reading the next one in the series when it came out less than a year later.

Fast-forward a couple years, and this book that’s been gathering dust on my bookshelf gets a movie deal, and I didn’t care. I went to see Catching Fire in November, and of course saw a preview for Divergent. There were squeals in the audience. I watched as Shailene Woodley showed off her tougher side, and Theo James looked good, (duh,) but I wouldn’t let myself admit that I wanted to see the movie. One of my friend leaned over to me and said, “Didn’t you read that?”

“Yeah,” I said. “Didn’t care for it much.”

“What? Yeah you did.”

“No I didn’t, now be quiet, we’re in a movie theater!”

And I didn’t want to admit it, but I knew that regardless, I was going to go see it opening weekend.

Maybe not premiere night, but definitely within the first three days of its release. So this past Saturday night, I did. And guess what?

I thought it was awesome.

I was right all along, it wasn’t anything like The Hunger Games, and it’s not supposed to be. Tris is not Katniss. Four is not Peeta or Gale. And though both stories take place in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America, it’s not the same one.

This movie was fast paced, and gives us a good look at Tris as well as the society she lives in. There isn’t a love triangle, (thank God,) and Tris is awesome. If nothing else, Tris is a great character for young girls and women to look up to. She fights for herself, and doesn’t let anyone push her around, yet she keeps her femininity about her. Beth Lalonde puts it pretty eloquently in her blog post.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I think Tris is cool, and now I want to know what happens to her next. Guess I might be picking up the next two books sometime later this week. Oh yeah, and if anyone has any ideas as to what faction I’d be in, I’d love to hear it.