The argument we hear over and over again is that film adaptations of books never turn out how the reader imagines them. Some small detail is left out, a character doesn’t look how the reader imagined, you nitpick the movie and pretty soon everything is completely wrong! Right? Wrong. Take the Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings series for example: those books are loooooooong, as well as the movies. If we included every song that is in Return of the King or every spell in Order of the Phoenix, the movies would be longer than 2 or 3 hours. Scenes have to be cut and directors have the challenge of choosing those specific scenes that aren’t exactly important to the storyline. It’s a good thing that we don’t have the popularity of VHS tapes around today because we would have things like Titanic– a two tape movie that you would have to stop, eject, (probably rewind), and pop in the second tape. However, I do have Gone With the Wind on DVD and it is a two-parter. What I’m trying to say with this post is movies based on books should at least be given a chance. I personally have to read the book before I see the movie. Working at a movie theater makes this difficult but that just makes me want to read more. For instance, I overheard my manager talking one day about Catching Fire and saying how small details were left out and if people hadn’t read the books, they wouldn’t have noticed or cared. I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t go to the movie that you have been anxious to see and come out putting it down because it wasn’t exactly to how you imagined it. Everyone thinks of things differently so no one is going to be completely with the outcome. Just be content with the fact that someone made the decision to create something you can see rather than just think about.
Talking about banned books to any bibliophile can get them fuming quickly. The idea that superiors can create an opinion themselves about a book and ban it for everyone else is a little ridiculous. One argument some people propose when it comes to challenged books (books that are on death row) is if the people who want to ban the books have read them at all. The American Library Association has a whole website dedicated to banned books with lists of books that have been challenged or banned and ways that people who love these books can fight against them. For example, I am a classic novel lover so I hit up the list of challenged classic books. The list had 46 books on it, and out of all these books I have read or want to read 31 books. This goes to show that not only am I reading these books, but so are other people, no matter what the content of the book. Books can be banned for sexual content, drug usage, or for language. In defense, most of these themes that are considered banned are relevant to everyday life. I can vouch that not a day goes by where I hear at school something about sex, drugs, or language (or all three, unfortunately). For example, Looking for Alaska by John Green was up to being banned for it’s depiction of sex, even though it is a book about curious teenagers. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain has been banned in schools across America for its repeated use of the ‘n-word’. I can realize that some parents don’t want their children to read this but they need to understand that that was the language used at the time, it is a part of American culture. Some blogs I have seen on WordPress blog on Banned Books Week, seven days where banned books are challenged for being challenged or they post about books that have been banned yet still contain wonderful things waiting to be read. Banned books are a controversial topic and I think that no books should be banned because every book has something special in it, no matter it’s content.
Personally, my favorite time of the day in elementary school was silent reading. Most kids liked recess or lunch, but I liked reading. I have always been an avid reader and this time was good to satiate my hunger for books. Nowadays, I have little to no time to read and this makes me sad. Having this blog does give me some leeway when it comes to reading but sometimes I don’t even have time to read a whole book for my posts so I just write about one I have already read, which makes me feel like I’m cheating. With my tremendous amount of homework, it is hard to have any alone time to do whatever I want. It would be nice to have time set aside in school where I could read and it would really help enhance my blog, I think. I believe that silent reading should be a requirement in all Language Arts classes. However, most kids my age hate reading and would not be too happy about this. Things were so much simpler when we were little and even though most teens don’t want silent reading time back, I know for a fact that they miss taking naps. Studies show that reading really helps the mind become more creative and knowledgeable. I don’t think I’ve read one book that hasn’t taught me something. This is my opinion and you don’t have to agree but I would love to know what you think. Having no time for reading makes my list of over 250 books and counting seem very ominous and daunting, and reading shouldn’t be like that. I want to get back to the enjoyment of it and eventually read all of those books, I just need time to do it. How do you all make time to read with hectic, busy lives?
Continuing from my previous post on the first installment of this series, Divergent definitely left me wanting more. The main character, Beatrice, or known as Tris later on, switched her factions from Abnegation to Dauntless. In the society that the reader soon figures out is based in Chicago, the five factions basically rule your life. A repeating mantra throughout the book is “factions before blood.” The Dauntless recruits go through initiation and are ranked according to their skills and development during the trials they are up against. During the novel, a romance ensues with Tris and one of the instructors, Four. The last phase of initiation is the fear landscape, where the initiates are required to face everything they fear in a simulation. Meanwhile, another faction called the Erudites, the faction of Tris’ brother, is planning war against her home faction of Abnegation. To be honest, following all of the factions and the relationships between them got a little confusing during the course of reading this book, but that is nothing a little Wikipedia can’t fix. The entirety of the Dauntless members are turned into sleepwalking murderers the night after the evaluations after the last test, overrunning the Abnegation compound and killing anyone in sight. Because Tris and Tobias are divergent, the serum that the Erudites used on the Dauntless to make them become killers without even knowing it. However, the leader of the Erudites, Jeanine, has figured out how to create a serum that works on divergents as well and injects Tobias with it making him the controller of the simulation. In the end, through the sacrifice of her parents, Tris saves Tobias from his trancelike state and the Dauntless refugees escape to the Amity compound where they hope they will be accepted. However, I believe as Tris does, that this is not the end of the conflict between the factions in this series.
This book can actually be comparable to the Hunger Games in many ways, the most obvious being that it’s a trilogy. I really did enjoy this book, and while I don’t feel as invested in it as other fandoms that I’m involved with (ahemDoctorWhoahem) I will finish the other two books and watch the movies. Have you read Divergent? What did you think about it?
Working at a movie theater is a great opportunity with many perks. Free popcorn, soda, 25% discount on everything else along with a free movie with a guest every week is beyond awesome. However, this also spoils a TON of movies for me. I saw at least half of Frozen in bits and pieces during theater checks before I actually had the time to sit down and watch it all (and even then I have the overwhelming urge to tell people to put their phones away during the movie because my job is weird and addicting). A few weeks ago, I realized that a movie called Divergent was coming out and it was based on a book. After my coworkers basically shunned me and freaked out about how I hadn’t read the book, I gave into the peer pressure and checked out the book at the library. So far, it’s a pretty good read. I’ve always been a fan of dystopian novels and this is just that. This book is about a society that puts you into factions for life based on your personality and choices that you make in a test that you participate in when you come of age. I am not that far into the book so the factions are a bit hard to follow, but I found a website here that helps make sense of them and what they stand for. Abnegation (the main character’s faction since birth) is the group of people that are plain and selfless. Candor people never lie. Amity people are peaceful and calm. The Erudites are smart and clever. The Dauntless are the rebels of society and they are very daring. The test that everyone takes at the age of 16 helps them choose which faction they want to be in. Some people deviate from the factions they are born into and that faction no longer recognizes them as their own, even their families don’t speak to them. Some, however, remain in their factions. Those who diverge from any faction whatsoever are societal outcasts. The main character is one of the factionless and the story is about her choices and how those affect her and her society, as well as how people view her. I can’t wait to read the rest of this book and the two that follow it before the movie comes out in March. Stay tuned for the second part post of this book later on in the week.
(Book cover photo from http://bookriot.com/2013/10/14/beyond-bestsellers-youve-read-divergent/)