J.K. ROWLING DID NOT INVENT MAGIC
J.K. ROWLING DID NOT INVENT BOARDING SCHOOLS
SUZANNE COLLINS DID NOT INVENT FEMALE WARRIORS
SUZANNE COLLINS DID NOT INVENT DYSTOPIAS
SUZANNE COLLINS DID NOT INVENT COMPETITIONS
SUZANNE COLLINS DID NOT INVENT CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS
STEPHANIE MEYER DID NOT INVENT VAMPIRES
STEPHANIE MEYER DID NOT INVENT THE SUPERNATURAL
STEPHANIE MEYER DID NOT INVENT ROMANCE
WHY CAN’T FILM CRITICS UNDERSTAND THAT
^Truth. One of my biggest pet peeves when reading film reviews.
Like, how hard is it to do a bit of research?
Why (To Me) Divergent is better than The Hunger Games:
Let me first preface this by stating this is my opinion. Also, spoilers for all three novels in both The Hunger Games and Divergent series.
Anyway, I just came back from watching the Divergent film (which if you haven’t, you should go see) and was reading some critical reviews of the film when I noticed many of the negative reviews all seemed to revolve around the same implication.
The Hunger Games is better because the film adaptation came first, thus any similar dystopian teen film is a lesser knock-off.
Now ignoring the fact that The Hunger Games is a blatant knock-off of Japan’s Battle Royale (no matter what Suzanne Collins says), I don’t see how both Divergent and The Hunger Games are that similar.
I personally was much more invested in Tris’ journey than Katniss.
To me, Katniss never felt real (moreso in the book than film - props to J-Law for making a more three dimensional Katniss). Even though the readers were privy to Katniss’ thoughts, it still felt like I was detached from the story as a whole. Meanwhile, Tris felt like a real girl dealing with real problems (in a more heightened situation, of course) and someone we could easily identify with.
Also, in Divergent, I always got the sense that Jeanine was dangerous, and that Divergents were really a true threat to the world order, which is why no one stepped out of line. Meanwhile, in The Hunger Games, I never felt like President Snow was really dangerous. He was someone who never got his hands dirty, and only had a few powerful people to his name. I feel like the former Victors could have easily taken him out before the 75th Hunger Games, and pretty much their major hurdles could have been solved.
And lastly, unlike Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth held no bars in showing how dangerous the world of Divergent really is. Dauntless initiates sometimes kill/seriously injure each other to get ahead. Divergents are murdered for bucking the system. Jeanine ordered the deaths of the entire Abnegation population in order to remain in control (a plan which almost succeeded had it not been for Tris and Four).
In an even more ballsy move, Roth kills Tris at the end of Allegiant (a move I applaud with gusto). Roth took a gamble, and it worked, because we had been shown prior to this that the world Tris lives in is dangerous.
War brings casualties, no matter who you are.
Hell, by the end of Divergent, Will, Al, and Tris’ parents are dead with a larger body count to follow. No matter how much we grow to love a character (be it major or supporting), their lives are constantly at risk.
Meanwhile, Collins takes way too long in building up Panem to be a truly dangerous place (partly because we are stuck in Katniss’ head - and she doesn’t know much). In fact, the dangers of Panem only became really apparent when the information about uprisings in the districts is slowly given to Katniss throughout Catching Fire.
In Mockingjay (which is a mess in itself - which I won’t get into here), Collins doesn’t even touch her three main leads (Peeta, Katniss, Gale) - something that is blatantly telegraphed far in advance, and instead kills off a few minor and supporting characters (like Prim and Finnick). It just screamed of lazy writing to build false suspense.
Overall, Katniss is very much a passive character throughout her journey from The Hunger Games to Mockingjay, while Tris really takes her fate in her hands literally from the opening chapters of Divergent.
So in conclusion, while I do enjoy the ideas that came from The Hunger Games series, I much more enjoy Divergent.
I, for one, can’t wait for the Insurgent film to come out next year.
I was going to let this sit until tomorrow when I (one would hope) might be thinking more clearly—but my anger over the absolute ruination of what is quite probably my favorite sitcom of all time is 100% justified, so I’m going to slam this down right here and now.
Ted and Robin dated in the…
These are my feelings exactly.
The Problem with How I Met Your Mother's Series Finale:
After 206 episodes, nine years, and a surprise twist at the end of last season, we’ve finally reached the end of Ted Mosby’s epic tale…and the result was less than impressive.
I have nothing against Ted/Robin shippers (I myself was one at one time), but the ending was completely unearned.
The show spent the last three to four years building up to a happy ending for Barney/Robin and this whole season building Ted/Tracy (who we knew was The Mother).
To completely circumvent the point of the show by killing off Tracy and going back to Ted/Robin? It just feels like a slap in the face to fans who have stuck with the show throughout the years.
It just wasn’t believable that Barney and Robin divorced after all the buildup of their story. It completely invalidates their entire arc and character growth over the last few years.
If the creators wanted to have Ted and Robin be endgame, they had many opportunities throughout this final season (and much earlier) to organically bring them together.
Overall, the Series Finale didn’t play well because the writers CLOSED THE DOOR on Ted/Robin. And you can’t re-open the door when it’s closed without a very good reason (and the Series Finale did not provide one).
The Season 8 Finale (which was initially supposed to be the Series Finale) was a perfect ending to the Series. And that’s where I choose to believe the show ended.
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Don’t let this town drag you down like it does everyone else.
Sure, Keith was talking about himself here, but it wouldn’t be out of place to bring up three girls who stayed in Neptune - each of them brought down before she turned thirty. Susan Knight, Carrie Bishop, Gia Goodman. Individually,…
This is such an amazing piece. I’ve never thought about the film and show this way before.
I am too fucking lazy to re-write what I wrote over on twitter last, so here’s a retweet that summarise it all:
okay now let’s have a stroll along onehallyu :
Sorry dude but I am an ARAB and A MUSLIM; I STUDIED QURA’AN FOR 16 YEARS and I use it it five times a day to even…
This Blackjack is my new K-pop princess.
❝To build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down … and that makes enemies.❞
So freaking ready for this movie..
Like. You don’t even know how much.