The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist

This will be short.

I have finally met my match. The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist was too monotonous for me to finish.

The Different Girl

The book had a very dull beginning. The fourĀ girls, assumedly androids of some sort, give lengthy and meaningless descriptions of their days. This goes on for pages. I forced myself to give the book 50 pages until I decided to hate it. I came to page 54 and gave a blessed sigh of relief. NO MORE! I decided I couldn’t go on for even one more page, and I truthfully have no regrets for not finishing this book.

The purpose of this book is unclear,and the plot is either actually very boring, or its uniqueness is lost on me. The book might have a pretty cover, but its content was some of the most painful reading I have ever encountered. That said, maybe page 55 was the deal breaker, maybe it gets better and I didn’t give it enough of a chance. I’ve made my choice though, I’m done. If you wish to discover what happens on an island with four android girls who describe what they do each day, then by all means read this book and then share with me what made this book get published in the first place. I am actually very curious.

The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist gets 0/5 stars since I was unable to finish it.

0 Stars

I can’t spend a day only getting five pages read anymore, Its time for me to get back into the game and do some actual reading.

 

Read on!

Kalee

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Book to Box Office: Divergent

It’s big news. Divergent is here. Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel has been adapted into the screenplay every reader was dying to see. So, how did it do?

Divergent (2014)

Directed by Neil Burger

Written by Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor, and Veronica Roth

and Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet

IMBD Synopsis:

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.

Divergent

My Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It was entertaining and I was very happy to see it co-produced by Veronica Roth as it stuck very close to the original story. The set design and overall look of the film was beautiful. The post-war Chicago had a very dystopic feel to it that suited the story; it was the best vision of Roth’s Chicago as could be interpreted, in my opinion.Ā 

I was unfamiliar with most all of the actors, but I was pleased with their performances. Shailene Woodley I am entirely unfamiliar with, but her timidness suited the abnegation character very well. I didn’t really perceive much of the Dauntless character in her, but I know that can be expanded in the sequels. Theo James as Four was a good pick, he was distant and harsh while still offering glimpses of deep emotion. I can’t say Tris and Four had great chemistry in the film, but to be fair, It wasn’t superb in the book either.

Another thing I really enjoyed about the film was the stunt-work. The zip-line in particular was fascinating, even better than I imagined it in my reading. There is a good amount of action in the film, along with some drama and a teensy bit of romance of course, but I actually enjoyed the scenes running to get on the train, jumping in the pit, and training in the compound. Along with the stunts, the technology was suiting to the dystopia. I thought the serums, the computers, and the weapons were a great vision of Roth’s novel.

Now, as much appealing as the image on the screen was, with the broken Chicago setting, inventive technology, and new stunts, I wasn’t overall impressed with the script of the film. I thought much of the dialogue seemed very bland, or at least it was delivered that way. There was little character development from dialogue. Instead, characters transformed suddenly without any spoken epiphany or the like. In the novel, at least readers had the first person perspective of Tris, but that seems to be lost in the film. Jeanine especially was a confusing character without the supportive plot development or Tris’s understanding that wasn’t shared with viewers. There wasn’t much supportive character development, Christina especially was left in the shadows of the main characters, Tris and Four. Lastly, the shooting of this film had one major flaw – an abundance of close-ups made me forget the story and wonder why they were shooting inches from these actors faces. Especially when these actors weren’t exactly giving oscar-winning performances. Hopefully in the sequel they will focus on the scene and not just the character.

 

Overall, I enjoyed the film. With a few distracting elements and a general blandness to the script, I have to argue that Divergent was a good movie, but not great. I definitely recommend watching it. Especially to those who read the books. The film will not disappoint readers. While some changes were made in the translation from novel to script, it is very formulaic to the book and does well choosing the best scenes for the film. The changes that do happen between the book and the film are minor and forgivable. It would be unrealistic to expect the movie to be exactly the same as the book, yet Divergent gets pretty darn close. Go watch it, this is a cinematic experience that will be worth your time.

I give Divergent 3.5 Stars

3.5 Stars

To read my review of Divergent by Veronica Roth, go here