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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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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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.

Adaptation #91: The Fault in Our Accuracy

header091After covering The Fault in Our Stars novel by John Green in a previous episode, the hosts return to talk about the new film adaptation of this teenage life story. They agree that the film was extremely accurate, but still missed a few of their favorite moments and worry that some themes were lost.

What did you think? Let us know in the comments!

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For a other similar discussions, check out our episodes on Maleficent, Once Upon a Time season 3, Divergent, The Book Thief, Starkid’s Twisted, and Catching Fire

Also check out our vlog where we dream cast Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

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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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