*I received a press invitation to the red carpet premier and screening. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.
Have you heard of The Divergent Series? They are a trilogy written by the amazing Veronica Roth.
One choice can transform you. Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling debut is a gripping dystopian tale of electrifying choices, powerful consequences, unexpected romance, and a deeply flawed “perfect society.”
I read the first book, Divergent, in less than 24 hours! It was so good I just couldn’t put it down. Well, for those of you who are fans of the books, they’re making them into a movie and it comes out on March 21st!! I just so happened to have the opportunity to be part of a red carpet screening Wednesday night!
My friend, Theresa, and I showed up at Mall of America ready! I loved the book and could not wait to see it! So what did I think of the movie?! Oh, you’ll have to wait! Sorry! I’ll be posting the review on the 21st when it comes out, so make sure to come back and check out my thoughts. Don’t worry though, I have two HUGE surprises to share with you!
We got to meet and interview both the author, Veronica Roth, and one of the stars, Ansel Elgort (plays Caleb in the movie)! *insert fangirl squeal here*
My friend, Cinny, over at Whirlwind of Surprises snapped a pic of me waiting on the red carpet. Can you tell I was excited?! Due to time we were only allowed to ask one question each so I want to thank my friends over at EmmyReads and Thrify Jinxy for helping me out with their Q&A’s so you’d have a bit more!
Veronica was so sweet and very down to earth. She’s young too, early 20’s! She’s also very stylish. I didn’t get pics but she’s wearing super cute red shoes! Here’s what I found out about her.
What was it like letting go of the story and characters you created, to let other people reimagine it?
I think the second the book comes out that starts happening because you guys will always see the story differently than I do. And if I can’t let go of that then I’ll just try and control everything that you think about it. So I think I was kind of practiced at it by the time they started making the movie. It was just another group of people who were going to interpret it as best they can. I tried to put it with people who respect and loved it.
Are any of the characters in your book based on people you know?
Not really. I find that if you try to base a character on a real person then you kind of limit that person too much because you’re trying to be to true to who they are then you’re getting confused. You can’t get the same complexity and depth. At least I have problems with that. But my mom is a lot like Tris’ Mom. You know, kind of like really selfless and giving but with this back story, this bad ass back story.
I was wondering when you were that age (young teenage girls screaming in the background) what were some of either the books or the authors that you read and looked up to?
Well, Harry Potter. I was like the right age for all of those books. That was my fan girl thing. I also loved Lois Lowry and Madeline L’Engle. I was starting to read adult sci-fi also. I really enjoyed Dune.
Did you know that she even makes a cameo appearance in the movie? Watch for it!
Ansel was also very sweet and surprisingly grounded. There were young girls all over screaming at the top of their lungs, “Ansel, we love you!” and he was totally able to block it out and continue with his interviews. Here’s what I learned about him:
Have you read Allegiant (third book in the series) yet, if so what do you think?
I know that he regrets his decisions in the second book and the third book and is trying to get Tris’s forgiveness and then finally he does. I think it’s beautiful, its a great way to end the book and the series. *SPOILER* so we’ll stop with his answer there.
Do you have any funny stories about people mispronouncing your name?
Yes! People always call me Angel. One time someone called me Anvil. I don’t know how they got that from Ansel…Yeah, Antwan. It was good though in school because one time I was causing trouble and the security guard didn’t know my name. He thought my name was Antwan. So he told everyone that Antwan was causing trouble. So I didn’t get in trouble.
This last question came from some special girls that are students in a class that my cousin teaches: Do you think Shailene is cute even though she plays your sister in the movie?
I have to think she’s cute, a little bit cute, because in my next film I had to find her attractive. But, when I’m playing Caleb and she’s playing Beatrice, no I don’t think she’s cute. I’m literally in Caleb’s head. I mean that’s what you do as an actor, right? In the other movie I love her and I think she’s the hottest girl in the world. In real life, she’s like a sister to me and we’re just best friends.
I had a total *geek* moment after the premier! I tweeted the pic of the two of us to Ansel and he followed me on Twitter!
I had such an amazing time! It’s a night I will definitely not forget!
I wanted to know what faction I’d be if I took the test and found this online test.
My results: You are Divergent- But Closest to Amity
I can totally see that 🙂
Here’s the trailer for the movie. Make sure you don’t miss it!
Summit Entertainment Presents
A Red Wagon Entertainment Production A Neil Burger Film
Directed by Neil Burger
Screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor Based on the book by Veronica Roth
Produced by Douglas Wick, Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shahbazian Executive Producers John J. Kelly and Rachel Shane
Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mehki Phifer and Kate Winslet
Running Time: 140 Minutes Rated PG-13
In Theaters March 21, 2014
DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a world where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy by a faction leader (Kate Winslet) to destroy all Divergents, Tris must learn to trust in the mysterious Four (Theo James) and together they must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it’s too late. Based on the best-selling book series by Veronica Roth.
The extremely popular young adult novel Divergent was written by first time author Veronica Roth and has topped the New York Times Bestsellers list since being published in May of 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. Divergent was named to NPR and Barnes & Nobles’ “Best Books of 2011,” and voted by readers of Goodreads as “Favorite Book of the Year.” The book was written by Roth while she was earning her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. The studio acquired the film rights to the novel in early 2011 several months before Divergent was published.
Filmed on location in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure DIVERGENT is directed by Neil Burger, based on a novel by Veronica Roth, from a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher produce the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner, along with Pouya Shahbazian. John J. Kelly and Rachel Shane serve as executive producers.
The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of DIVERGENT stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ashley Judd, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Tony Goldwyn, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Christian Madsen, Amy Newbold, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet.
The accomplished behind-the-scenes talent includes: director of photography Alwin H. Küchler, BSC (R.I.P.D., Proof); production designer Andy Nicholson (Gravity, The Host); costume designer Carlo Poggioli (Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Cold Mountain); Oscar® nominated visual effects supervisor Jim Berney (Green Lantern, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone); Oscar® nominated editor Richard Francis-Bruce (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en,); editor Nancy Richardson (Warm Bodies, Twilight, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse); executive music producer Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave, Man of Steel); composer Junkie XL (Max Mad: Fury Road, 300: Rise of an Empire); and music supervisor Randall Poster (Skyfall, The Hangover).
Roth followed Divergent with the novel Insurgent, which has also made its way to the #1 position on specific New York Times Bestsellers lists; and most recently Allegiant, the final book in the series, which achieved #1 at Target, #1 in Australia, #4 in UK, and #1 US indies (children’s series list) for week 1 sales. Total book sales for the three-book series have surpassed over 11 million copies. Pre-orders for Allegiant exceeded pre-orders of any HarperCollins book (adult or children’s) in the history of HarperCollins.
After the successful debut of Allegiant, the Divergent book series premiered at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List for 11 weeks straight. The novels have spent a combined 183 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller lists; and in January of 2014 Roth achieved a hat trick; Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant were featured as No. 1, 2 and 3 on USA Today’s Bestselling Books list. The Divergent series has been awarded numerous accolades, including those from Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone Magazine, the American Library Association, and Publishers Weekly.
Director Robert Schwentke (RED, Flightplan) is currently in pre-production on the adaptation of the second installment of the series Insurgent. Adapted by screenwriters Brian Duffield and Oscar® winner Akiva Goldsman, filming begins in May 2014. Insurgent is set for release on March 20, 2015. The final novel in author Veronica Roth’s trilogy, Allegiant hit bookstores on October 22, 2013 and Summit plans a March 18, 2016 release for the third film.
Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF) company, will release the film DIVERGENT in theaters on Friday, March 21, 2014.
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