Lately, the news about the filming of Divergent has been a trending topic between movie manias. Divergent fandom, which is called ‘Initiates’, also having a buzz about it. But people often compare Divergent to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games Trilogy just because both of them takes place in a dystopian world. People often say that Veronica Roth -the author of Divergent trilogy- was just copying Suzanne Collins’ works, but if you have read both Divergent and The Hunger Games, you’ll find the difference between those trilogies. Let’s compare the plot of Divergent and The Hunger Games :
1. The Hunger Games tells the story of Katniss Everdeen who was chosen to play in The Hunger Games as the woman representative of District 12. The Hunger Games is an annual game which is held in The Capitol by the government to make people from 12 districts remember that if the government can do anything to them so that those districts will be afraid to fight against them. The winner of The Hunger Games is the one who survived which makes 24 people from 12 districts must kill each other to be the winner. Katniss and Peeta Mellark -the man representative of District 12- were sent to The Capitol to play the Games. Before the Games starts, the Tributes (districts’ representatives) were publicly displayed in a television talk show hosted by Caesar Flickerman to gain sponsors who can help them by sending helps when they are in the Games.
In the Games, Katniss disgusted the government with her intelligence, so the government’s Gamemakers changed the game rule. They agreed to have 2 people as The Hunger Games winner if both of them came from the same districts. This rule moved Katniss to find Peeta. After she found him, there were only 3 people left : Katniss, Peeta, and Cato (Katniss’ rival). Katniss and Peeta managed to kill Cato and they were the last Tributes who managed to survive in The Hunger Games. Knowing that Katniss and Peeta were eligible to be The 74th Hunger Games winner, the Gamemakers changed the game rules again. They only took 1 people as The Hunger Games winner. Katniss chose to commit suicide than to kill Peeta, so did Peeta. When they nearly ate poisonous berry named “nightlock”, the Gamemakers suddenly announced Katniss and Peeta as The 74th Hunger Games winner. Even though, the government became alarmed to Katniss.
2. Divergent tells the story of a 16 years old girl named Beatrice Prior who was confused to choose her faction. In a dystopian Chicago, there are 5 factions : Abnegation -the selfless-, Dauntless -the brave-, Amity -the peaceful-, Candor -the honest-, and Erudite -the intelligent-. Beatrice was an Abnegation girl, but at age 16, people must choose a faction where they must be in for the rest of their life. Beatrice always admired the bravery of Dauntless and she wanted to be a part of them, but she also felt guilty to left Abnegation and her family. When she was having an Aptitude Test, she knew that she was a Divergent, someone who has a flexible personality and their identity must be concealed. At the choosing ceremony, Beatrice finally chose to be a Dauntless.
She joined Dauntless’ initiation. She changed her name into Tris and she also changed a lot of her personality. She made friends with Christina, Will, Al, Uriah, Marlene, Lynn, and else. She also had rivals named Peter, Molly, and Drew. Tris also fell in love with her instructor, Four. On the Dauntless’ initiation, Tris learned how to shoot with a gun, how to make a strategy, and how to control her fears. One day, Tris and Four found out that Erudite were going to attack Abnegation because Abnegation is the faction who controls the government. A day after the announcement of initiates who managed to pass the Dauntless’ initiation, all of the Dauntless were controlled by a simulation held by Erudite to attack Abnegation. Because of their Divergence, Tris and Four managed to avoid the simulation and they managed to stop the simulation. At the end of “Divergent”, Tris, Four, Marcus (Four’s father), Caleb (Tris’ brother), and Peter flew to Amity headquarters to have protection from Erudite.
See? There’s a huge difference between Divergent and The Hunger Games. In The Hunger Games, bad things happened because the government in The Capitol wanted to control Panem’s citizen. But in Divergent, bad things happened because Erudite wanted to save people from an information which can cause death to them (it was told in Insurgent, the 2nd book of Divergent trilogy).
So, I really hope that after reading my post, you will see the difference between Divergent and The Hunger Games. And I also hope that from now on, people will learn more about something before judging it.
Oh yeah, for your information, Divergent will be on IMAX and theatres on March 21st 2014!