In which I fangirled all over Veronica Roth, saw an advanced screening of the Divergent movie and was generally having excitement-induced panic attacks every few minutes.
Exclusive Red Carpet Premiere Photos with Veronica Roth and Ansel Elgort
YOU GUYS!!!! Please forgive me for gushing endlessly in this post. I was thrilled to score a press pass for the Divergent movie tour in my home city of Orlando. Things came together VERY quickly, and thanks to some friends with connections and personal persistence that I find more effective than talent or skills, I made it.
And when I arrived at the red carpet event at the Winter Park Regal Cinema, I almost lost it. Ok, who am I kidding, I did lose it.
So while I waited in front of hundreds of teen girls and their moms (<--parenting gold stars for all of you), I had deep introspective thoughts like...What am I going to say to Veronica Roth?!?! After thinking up an amazing question - "I read on your Tumblr this morning that you saw and loved the movie. What scene were you most excited to see played out on the big screen?" and getting to ask VRoth IN PERSON, I realized something profound. Something life changing. Something very embarrassing. Armed with just my Sony Cybershot (press poseur, I know), I did not actually press the "Movie" button and did not in fact record her fantastic answer. Cuz I fail at life. I will be better prepared for BEA and other events in the future. For now, I'll just try not to dwell *sobs*. Her answer was the "fear landscapes" by the way!! BUT...I did get these brief clips of Ansel Elgort answering some questions about seeing himself on screen (shout out to my Olympia High School journalism friends who asked him those questions! You guys rock!) and Veronica understadably fearing for her life with the gobs of screaming fans surrounding her:
Also, I scored some shots of Ansel and Veronica in action:
Not to mention, I saw the fabulous Johnny Magic and Laura Diaz from XL 106.7. This may not be a big deal to you if you don’t live in Central Florida, but they are like Orlando royalty. Johnny’s House is the BEST morning show EVER. Check them out on I Heart Radio!
Divergent Movie Review
ETA: You can find my full spoiler free Divergent movie review on The Huffington Post HERE.
For a more spoiler-y review for those who have read Divergent and want a few more details, read on.
If you have NOT read Divergent and/or do not want to know any details about the movie, STOP READING RIGHT NOW!!
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Ok, for more Divergent movie tidbits…
I loved the movie! I LOVED IT!! It is not perfect. It is not exact to the book, but it is fantastic. I think this could turn around the whole YA book-to-movie fail that’s been going on with Beautiful Creatures and City of Bones.
Dauntless stole the show, you guys. There are so many amazing moments that I wanted to see played out, and they were done SO WELL in the movie.
It was just as adrenaline-pumping as the book, if not more so, because seeing people jump off a train, over a huge gap and land onto a gravel-topped roof is pretty freaking cool.
And, Veronica was right. The fear landscapes were so cool to see. How they imagined Tris escaping them was really interesting – especially what is the trigger for her realizing it’s not real. It’s subtle and ties in a few different themes.
PLUS – Watch out for the zip-lining scene! Veronica makes a cameo at the top of the building! How adorable is that?!?
The Divergent movie was fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised, and I genuinely think fans are going to love it. If you’re the super nit-picky type, you may be a bit frustrated with a few changes. However, if you can separate the book from the movie just a bit, I think you will see what a great job they did. FOUR, AHHHH!!!! Bonus, tickets for the Divergent movie are now on sale!!