If you haven’t already seen it, you now have something to look forward to this weekend. And if you have already seen it? Then you will understand why we’re completely addicted. Between fear landscapes, war and Theo James shirtless, there’s just so much to get excited about. Read 23 signs that you may be obsessed with the Divergent series on Your Tango…
“Divergent,” which opens today, has been hailed as either the next “Hunger Games” or as a massive “Hunger Games” ripoff. It is both, but where it leaves its source material (“Harry Potter” included) is in the religious proselytizing throughout. Teenagers are born again in all YA fiction, in a sense. But in the Divergent books it is a specifically Christian moral imposition and major reason the series fails. Keep reading »
“Oftentimes in films, even if you do have a really strong woman, there’s jealousy and envy among her sisters. So you’ll have this really empowered leader, who’s a chick, and then she has some sort of envious relationship with another woman in the movie. And in ["Divergent"], there’s no envy and no jealousy–no ridiculous girl-fights. It’s such an important message to send out there in this age of feminism because, yes, men need to respect women, and women need to be the leads of films, but at the same time, how do we expect men to respect women if women don’t respect women? A big theme in my life is sisterhood, and I think that this movie is a really great representation of that–of being there and supporting one-another without the malicious attacks that so often come in movies and media. So many women feel so much anger towards other women.”
“Divergent” star Shailene Woodley is doing nothing to abate my raging crush on her. A lot of actresses don’t even give very complete answers when they are asked about women’s representation in film and feminism, but Shai —that’s what I’d call her if we were friends, which we are in my head— just brings it up herself and says something really intelligent about it. I haven’t read the Divergent books, but knowing that it’s got a feminist bent kind makes me want to read them now. Between “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games,” we really are in a golden age of positive role models in films for teens! [The Daily Beast] [Image via Getty]
“Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.”
Our love for Shailene Woodley just grows and grows. In a new interview with Teen Vogue, the actress shares her thoughts on Stephenie Meyers’ wildly successful Twilight series and nails what is so problematic about the romance between Bella and Edward. Shailene stars in the upcoming “Divergent” films, which are based on another young adult novel series, only instead of her character Tris being completely obsessed with a dude (though she does have a hot romance of her own), she’s focused on, you know, overthrowing an oppressive totalitarian regime. Veronica Roth’s Divergent books are only slightly better written than the Twilight series, but plot wise, they are significantly more bad ass and inspiring. I’m psyched to see Shailene and the rest of the cast — including Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore! — bring the story to life on the big screen. [Teen Vogue]
While I think The Hunger Games is a better written series with a stronger plot, the pervy side of me (i.e. 98.7 percent of me) prefers the thematically similar Divergent series simply because it is sexier. I haven’t finished all of book two, Insurgent, or started book three, Allegiant, but I’m pretty sure there’s eventually going to be sexual intercourse between the book’s protagonist, Tris, and her boyfriend, Four, and I am excited about it. I am also excited about the movie adaptation, hitting theaters on March 31, because, as this new clip suggests, things are gonna get steamy. Theo James, who plays Four (and is perhaps most memorable to readers as Mr. Pamuk on “Downton Abbey”), has got an impressively muscular canvas for those faction tattoos. Tris approves and so do I.