Lately, Young Adult literature has been taking over the movie industry in big ways. From the wild success of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games to the recent release of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Hollywood Big Shots are looking towards the already written word to develop their next blockbusters.
The newest novel-turned-movie to receive an official release date is Veronica Roth’s Divergent, a book with enough of a following that it has a good chance of survival in the film industry. The story revolves around Beatrice Prior, a 16-year-old girl living in dystopian Chicago where society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to serving a specific value — Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent). The problem? Beatrice doesn’t fit with any of them, and when she is forced to choose a faction like every other 16-year-old in the city, an adventure begins that changes her life forever.
Summit Entertainment recently announced that Divergent will hit screens on March 21, 2014, and there’s already a massive amount of buzz surrounding its creation. And it’s really no surprise considering Roth’s debut novel has all the things every teenage reader loves — action, suspense, death and, of course, an epic romance with the mysterious Four.
With the announcement of the movie comes casting questions, speculation about the director and how closely the writers will stay to the original plot line. I’m most excited to see how they change Chicago into the divided city that is described in the book, but I’ve always been a sucker for dystopian worlds. In the end, it doesn’t matter what part of the book you’re excited to see play out on screen, because I think we can all agree that watching this story come to life will be worth it in the end.