The highly anticipated third installment of Veronica Roth’s bestselling Divergent trilogy won’t be released until later this month, yet fans are already eagerly awaiting Spring when the series is set to hit the big screen.
The Divergent books tell the story of a dystopian world in which society is separated into five factions. Each faction is dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On her sixteenth birthday, Tris Prior chooses to leave the comfort of her family and everything she knows in order to pursue a new and dangerous world with the Dauntless faction.
With Roth’s first two books still flying off the shelves, there is little doubt that book sales for Allegiant will be massive upon its October 22nd release. The question, however, is whether commercial success in the literary world will also translate into box office success? This has certainly happened beyond anyone’s wildest dreams for popular Young Adult series Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games, but the road to Hollywood is also littered with casualties. Other much-loved Young Adult properties such as His Dark Materials, Beautiful Creatures, and The Mortal Instruments each fared rather poorly at the movie theater.
Arguably, what the Divergent film has going for it are the obvious comparisons to Hunger Games. Both films examine an interesting new world with enough romance and action to cater to both female and male audiences. They also star widely likeable girl next-door brunettes. Divergent’s answer to Hunger Games lead Jennifer Lawrence is Shailene Woodley of ABC Family series The Secret Life of the American Teenager fame (who already has a built-in tween/teen fan base). Both films feature “pretty” male leads with brondish locks and already tested acting chops—Hunger Games has Liam Hemsworth and Divergent has Theo James. Divergent even ups the ante by adding Oscar creed with Academy Award winner Kate Winslet in the mix.
Yet the similarities could just as easily backfire for Divergent. After all, there is already one Hunger Games and that series is still going strong with its sophomore film debut set for release in November. Ultimately, the question may be whether the public will already be sick of dystopian trilogies come March or whether we’re just getting started?
Check out the Divergent trailer here:
And for comparison, here’s the trailer for Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games flick: