Episode #155: Divided Allegiances


In discussing the film Allegiant (2016), the hosts discuss the flip in Tris and Four’s judgement, the pure versus damaged perspective, and what all these changes mean for Ascendant.

Question of the Week: With Tris being the only “pure” Chicagoan in the films, what implications does that have for the ways “pure” and “damaged” people are seen and treated? What implications does it have for the parallel with real world racism that we saw in the book?

Check out our episodes on Divergent and Insurgent, and on the Allegiant novel!

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Episode #153: The Right to Refuse Allegiance


Kendyl and Jenn discuss Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth and make predictions for how off-kilter the films will go.

Check out our episodes on Divergent and Insurgent too!

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Adaptation #120: In Case of Insurgency…

header120The hosts are back to discuss about the film adaptation of Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series. Listen to them talk about their likes, dislikes and concerns for the third installment.

Also check out our episodes on Divergent (book and film) and Insurgent (book).

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Mockingjay Part 1, The Maze Runner, The Giver, and The Fault in Our Stars.

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Adaptation #114: From Initiate to Insurgent

header114Our hosts are back, discussing the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent. There is a lot to go over in this book: visiting the different factions, Tris’s PTSD, the motivations of the untrustworthy and how this book stacks up against the last. Listen and tell us what you think about all these things and more!

Check out our episodes on Divergent the novel and the film.

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Mockingjay, The Maze Runner, and The Giver,

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Trailer Talk: Insurgent

Here is the trailer for the second installment of the Divergent series Insurgent.

I admit, it has been a good while since I read the book. I read it before the first movie came out. This trailer does seem to stay true to the story, though I am missing the recklessness behavior that Tris displays throughout the second book. It is only the first trailer though, I am sure there will be another. I also don’t recall the dream that she seems to be having about saving her mother from a burning house.

I think what I am looking forward to seeing the most is how Tris reacts to the fear serum. I remember the scene being fairly dramatic and as well as shocking since it actually works on Tris. Though, I am not looking as forward to seeing Tris’s character devolve after her parent’s death. I find that in most YA fiction, the heroine is not always likable. For example, I cannot stand the heroine from The Mortal Instruments series, Clary. Half of the time she is being a complete idiot and the other she is whining about how hard everything is. I just want to smack her. I got a small tickle of that feeling for Tris in this book. I realize that she feels guilty for the death of her parents and doesn’t know how to cope with the pain, but she becomes so selfish at some points that I just can’t stand it.

I am also really eager to see into the world of the factionless. And we get to meet a certain leader who becomes very significant to one of the main characters. I really want to see that dynamic on screen and see how they handle it.

What about you guys? What are you looking forward to seeing? What are you hoping they leave out? Leave your comments below.

Also, don’t miss out podcasts on Divergent the Book and the Film and keep your eyes open for our casts on the book and film for Insurgent.

Vlog: Seven Most Infuriating Endings

In which Kendyl gets a little worked up over this week’s list of adaptations with infuriating endings.


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Adaptation #80: Two Factions Diverged in a Wood

header080Following up on our episode on Veronica Roth’s Divergent, the team gathers around to talk about the film adaptation by Neil Burger. While they welcomed some of the changes, there were others that they felt needed clarification, as well as some characters that needed more screen time.

Have a listen and tell us if you agree with our assessment! Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out our episode on the novel by Veronica Roth!

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on  The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, City of Bones, Percy Jackson, and Ender’s Game.

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Adaptation #78: The Divergent Sorting Hat

header078The team’s discussion of Divergent by Veronica Roth stays focused on the details of this futuristic Chicago and how each of the factions function within it. Then, in their character discussion, one host reveals her disappointment in how a certain arc ended. They also have a little crossover fun in trying to match the factions to the Hogwarts houses.

What did you think of Divergent? Leave all your thoughts and movie predictions in the comments! And please leave out any Insurgent/Allegiant spoilers!

EDIT: Our episode on the film Divergent is now available here!

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For similar adaptations, check out our episodes on  The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, The Mortal Instruments and Beautiful Creatures.

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Vlog: What Are We Reading? (March 2014)

In which most of our hosts are uncreatively reading a single series…but the rest of us make up for it with original stories and fanfiction!


Fanfiction Links:

Priori Incantatem by fellytone

The House on Thornrose Lane: A Grimm Tale by Alicia Blade

Vlog: What Are We Reading? (January 2014)

In which our Adaptation hosts start off our year on a dystopian kick, alongside twistedly ever afters and experimental childhoods.


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Vlog: Most Anticipated Adaptations of 2014

What better way to start out 2014 than by listing the adapted films that we are most looking forward to seeing on the big screen? And believe you me, there were a lot to choose from!

Honorable Mentions:
The Legend of Hercules
X-Men: Days of Future Past
The LEGO Movie
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Jersey Boys
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
The Hobbit Part 3
Into the Woods


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Vlog: What Are We Reading? (December 2013)

In which our Adaptation host Jessica nearly has a breakdown over one of John Green’s tearjerkers, and the other hosts read a smorgasbord of genres, from dystopias to magical realism to classic lit.


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