Let’s Talk About…Tris’ Movie Fear Landscape and Its Importance

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Congratulations initiates. We rocked the box office our opening weekend and we have already confirmed that this is a franchise, visit web as we will be getting Insurgent next year. I am very proud of us all and its very nice to not have heartbreak when it comes to a YA adaptation, approved let me tell you that.

Now, recipe I’ve been trolling the inter-webs, like I tend to do and I have noticed that there is a particular scene in the Divergent movie that has some people a little…miffed, I suppose. Now, the only way for me to get involved is to talk about it, so here I am.

I admire the Divergent movie a lot. I liked it a lot. There were a few changes that were a little weird, and of course, the movie just never will be as good as the book but I honestly think they did a great job. I’ve been through a lot of disappointment lately and I was highly impressed with this movie.

Now the scene in question that has everyone in an uproar is Tris’ final fear landscape that she goes through as part of her final initiation into the Dauntless faction. Her fears are all there, like normal, but one of them tends to be a little different than in the book.

In the book, Tris has a fear of intimacy, and it is shown in her fear landscape during her final test. She is afraid of Four and what she could share with him, physically. I think a lot of that stems from nerves, and the fear of the unexpected. But I also think its a control issue too. Tris always feels in control which is why fear wakes her up, instead of shutting her down. Being intimate with someone is giving up some of your control, and before you experience it, its a scary thing. I can understand completely why this would be part of Tris’ fear landscape.

Now in the movie, they roughed it up a bit. The Four in the book just wants to share that intimacy with Tris and she’s reluctant. In the movie, we have a forceful, sort of rapist Four going on. He’s forcing the intimacy in her, questioning her “Dauntless-ness”, and using physical force to get his way. It was definitely a sexual attack, as opposed to the simple fear of intimacy in the book.

And this has a lot of people in an uproar. People don’t like that Four was represented this way (although, guys, it was a simulation, it’s not actually Four), and that changing the fear in the movie changes the way that you would see Four. Now, while I can kind of understand that, and I feel like this approach was incredible and I didn’t mind the change at all.

There is something very important going on in our world today if you’re paying attention. A woman’s body is being treated like a toy, something to be played with, and constantly argued over. Our right to birth control, our right to abortion, our right to use our bodies as WE see fit is a constant argument, and a huge part of this ongoing argument is the control that we have over it when it comes to what we let others do it. Rape is in the news all the time, and sometimes, all the time, a girl has a fear of losing control over her own body.

So while the scene in the movie didn’t necessarily copy the book scene, I understand the importance of this scene. Who are the fans of the Divergent series? Who is going out to the theaters in droves? Who is going to be mostly impacted by this? Its mostly girls, and mostly teenage girls. Their impressionable minds are the ones that are seeing this scene and processing this. So I feel like the change, whether deliberate or not, has a massive amount of importance.

Rape is not a simple thing, and its nothing something we can toss aside and act like its not happening because it is and its happening all the time. Young girls are being raped all the time and the rapists are getting away with it. We are losing control over our bodies all the time, and its terrifying. I was robbed the other night at work. I was out delivering pizzas, and a man came up to me, and demanded the money in my pocket. Luckily enough for me, that was all he wanted and he took off. But this could have gone a multitude of different ways. He could have taken me, raped me, done a number of things to hurt me. He didn’t and I’m lucky.

But so many girls are NOT lucky. This is a real problem right now, and girls are constantly in fear of what a boy is capable of doing to us. Its the fear of losing control. Losing control over my own body is terrifying. I have a control over my body, what I put into it, what I wear, what I do with it, everything. And someone taking that from me is a terrifying thing.

So I think that the filmmakers managed to capture what what was ultimately important about that scene. Its not about Four, or his representation as a character. We know Four. He would never do something like that, ever. Four lost his own control over his body as a child when his father physically abused him, and he regained that control when switching to Dauntless. It was a simulation. Four would never do that. Repeat that to yourself. Four would never do that.

But it brought to attention so many things. Rape can happen at any time, and often times, its done by someone you know. Tris has a fear of losing control of her body, and I don’t think just to Four, but to anyone. Think of what Drew, Peter and Al tried to do to her. That is a real fear. And I really think it was important to show that to this generation’s girls and to show them that they can fight and that we recognize this as an important thing, something to be noted of. I don’t know if the change to her fear landscape was deliberate but if it was, I think it a was a wise move and I really appreciate what they did.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Divergent: Official Movie Review

So today, diagnosis I’m at the Divergent World Premiere in Los Angeles. Well, dosage I’m not there right now. I’m writing this so it publishes while I’m there. I won’t be able to blog while I’m there. You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr in order to keep up with all the Divergent awesomeness. Here is my review of the movie though!

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Official U.S. Release Date: March 21st, 2014

Rated:

Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality

Directed By:

Neil Burger

Cast:

Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Zoe Kravitz, Ashley Judd, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort.

Find the rest on IMDB here.

IMDB Movie 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.

My Review:

I am literally blown away at how well they did with this movie. While it wasn’t absolutely perfect, I thought they did a wonderful job with it.

^^That was exactly how I started off my Vampire Academy review and I thought it was quite fitting for the review I’m about to do for Divergent. While watching the movie, I was unsure at times if things were being changed or if I just totally needed to re-read the book. I waited until I did a re-read before I did this review because I wanted to make sure that I did this fairly. Now that I’ve read the book again, I can tell you that I love the movie even more than the first time I saw it and I’m so glad that I saw it and I’m literally going to die until I see it again.

I thought they did a wonderful job taking the book and putting it on the big screen. There were a TON of direct quotes from the book (which is always my favorite) and it flowed nicely. There were small things that they cut but I honestly felt like everything was done f or a reason and it really did such great justice to the book. It really captured what it was about, all that fear and uncertainty and the many realizations that Tris comes through while making her journey from Abnegation to Dauntless. I really thought they captured each faction really well too. We really only see Dauntless and Abnegation and a bit of Erudite but so much of it was exactly like I had pictured. I really felt like the world I had gotten to know so well in the books had come to life on screen.

Which brings me to the characters. When all these characters were being cast, there was really only one casting (Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews) that really made me feel comfortable. Of course, I had to see them as the actual characters but I wasn’t sold completely. Well, after seeing the movie, I can’t imagine anyone else playing any of these characters. They all really seemed to understand the person they were playing and portrayed them so well. I was surprised at really seeing Tris and Four and Peter and Caleb and Christina and the rest. I felt that the characters really jumped from the book to the screen. The actors weren’t just portraying characters, they WERE the characters.

I really had fun while watching this movie. The music mixed with the action was absolutely fabulous and I found myself quoting along because there were so many direct quotes from the book. I loved it and I honestly can’t wait to see it again. I saw it about two weeks ago and its already been way too long. I hope that I’ll be able to see it again today at the premiere. Cross my fingers.

I have a lot of hope for this movie. What I really loved about it was that it really highlighted the emotional journeys of these characters but it definitely made sure to capture all the amazing action that is there. I think that’s what can make this a movie that is enjoyable no matter what gender or age. It really has something for everyone, or so I think. I hope that people can get past its “another tween movie” or “another Hunger Games” and really give it a chance because I honestly think it’ll do really well. Its a great book and a great movie and I really hope I can see it again soon!

Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

A Divergent Review…Is Coming!

I know, more about that’s a super weird title.

Forgive me for that.

On Saturday, check I was able to do something that I’ve been looking forward to for a few weeks now, treatment something that made me so extremely happy, something that literally has had a hold on my emotions all weekend long.

I got to see a pre-screening of Divergent.

AGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Me, before the screening.

My dear friend, Maggie, works for Lionsgate and asked me a few weeks ago if I’d like to go to a press junket screening and I immediately said yes. You guys know that I love Divergent. I don’t have tattoos on my collarbone for no reason ;)

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I was able to bring a friend along with me and I immediately thought of my fangirl BFF, Sylvia from FangirlFeeels.

Now, if you’re looking for a review of the movie, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m going to be reviewing it but not quite yet. I’m writing it up but I don’t want to post it too early. The movie is still two weeks away and I want to post it closer to that. Look for it around the Los Angeles Premiere day (the 18th).

But I will say a few things:

One, Sylvia and I had an awesome time, and we probably were some of the most enthusiastic people in the audience.

Two, the casting of this movie is absolutely phenomenal.

Three, Theo James. Seriously. I can’t…I can’t even handle him as Four. The level of attractiveness of that man is just off the charts. I seriously, I can’t even handle it right now.

Four, you’re seriously missing out if you do not go see this movie on the 21st.

I had a great time, I seriously enjoyed the movie, and I can’t wait to see it again. I’m waiting just as anxiously as those who haven’t seen it for release day because it was just that good. I’m so proud of the team behind this movie. Its going to be so great, and I’m going to see this in the theater so many times.

Thanks to Maggie for being such a doll and getting me into this amazing early screening. I appreciate it more than you know!

Stay tuned for the full review coming soon :)

For now, enjoy the trailer!

http://youtu.be/Aw7Eln_xuWc

First Still of Theo James as Four!

I just want to let it be known that I loathe waking up early. Like, advice anytime before 11 am is painful for me.

So when they announced that the first still of Theo James as Four in the film adaptation of Veronica Roth‘s Divergent was going to be released as noon eastern time, dosage which is 9 am pacific time…I was not stoked.

But I woke up about fifteen minutes ago so I wouldn’t miss out on this.

And let me tell you:

I was NOT disappointed.

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Behold, my friends, Theo James as our beloved Four.

Let me tell you: I am NOT disappointed so far in the slightest. He’s exactly what I pictured as Four: super good looking, tough, built, etc.

I think Theo is going to do a FANTASTIC job.

Although he looks too old to be like 20 years old haha.

But other than that, perfection!

What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments!

I’m going back to bed! :)

Blogger Spotlight-Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, information pills and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, buy more about no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, treat and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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Today’s blogger is Sylvia from FanGirlFeeels

Her Twitter

Her Tumblr

Her Page on iFandoms Collide

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Meeting Cassie Clare for the second time at LA Times Book Fest.

Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Sylvia: Hey guys, My name is Sylvia, I am 22 years old living in Los Angeles California. I write a blog called FangirlFeeels, I love YA books, weird Indy Folk music, I have a huge love for art and I want to travel the world. I have always loved reading books But I just recently came out of the “Fangirl Closet”.. As I like to call it. Reading books was not the cool thing to do when I was growing up so I hid my obsession until my Junior Year of High School, when one of my classmates was reading Twilight. Then she introduced me to the Fangirl World (AKA The INTERNET) and now I’m Here!

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Sylvia: FangirlFeeels Keeps up with all Fandom News and updates, Posts “Follow me Around” Event Vlogs & Book Reviews

Its a great site to make friends and have on going discussions about book theories and such. FangirlFeeels is a never ending Book Club.

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Meeting Jamie Campbell Bower at WonderCon 2013 

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Sylvia:  I had just finished reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver and all these questions were racing through my head. No one I knew had read the book, so I went on the internet and looked at every book review on Youtube. I then I realized that I could be doing the exact same thing! I wanted to connect with these people and talk about books and fangirl on the internet!   As I said before, Growing up, reading was not the cool thing to do so a lot of my friends do not read & don’t understand my constant obsession with these characters.I wanted a place to talk about books and everything associated with them with other readers who understood me. I was chatting with a couple of Fangirls a few months ago we were talking about starting up a blog thinking about names and stuff, I was jokingly spitting out names like “Feels.com”.  It wasn’t until a few weeks after when I was starting my own Blog that I came up with FangirlFeeels.com.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

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These are Pictures from the THG Premiere. Group 22!! We are the Careers! Pee.s Thats Josh Hutcherson signing my poster!! ahga;iushd

Sylvia: There has been so many its so difficult to choose… but ill just talk about the one that started it all! 

I Have been obsessed with The Hunger Games for quite sometime and I lent my copies to Tatiana (City of Shadowhunters) she fell in love with it right away. We signed up for The HOB on FB to be one of 400 fans to camp out for the Premiere of The Hunger Games movie! We got the email that said we were chosen to attend. The day before we were on the official The Hob Facebook talking to other campers.

We all met in the Starbucks at LA Live and I instantly felt at home! That first night we Camped out on the streets of Downtown LA. These 22 Fans became my family for the next 3 days. We slept on the ice cold cement, Talked about everything THG, Met the Cast, and saw the movie together!  We are still really close, Paulina (I Am Divergent) has become one of my closest friends. This event brought so many people together.

In fact, my friends Taylor and Fernando met at the premiere and are now married and having a baby! It was the Ultimate Fangirl Weekend & it brought me into this whole new life I never knew I was missing.

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Sylvia: TMI:City of Bones Movie!!!

TMI:City of Heavenly Fire!!!!

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Allegiant!

iFandoms Collide Summer Road Trip! ;)

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Meeting Sarah Dessen with Tatiana, Sara, Megan, and Jessica at LA Times Book Fest! She is one of my Favorite Authors and Role models.

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read?

Sylvia: Ok, recently my favorite books are: TMI (the whole damn series) by the sassy Cassandra Clare, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Obsidian (a Lux Novel) by Jennifer L.Armentrout & my all time favorite is 13 Little Blue envelopes & The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Sylvia: WhatANerdGirlSays (Seriously I love your blog! You’re so passionate) PolandBananas20   IAmDivergent City of Shadowhunters  Padfoot & Occasionaly Prongs

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Sylvia: SIMON LEWIS!!!! From The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Simon Lewis *Stares into space & sighs*

Simon Lewis Has my heart! I love that he is a Nerd & Hilariously witty & in a Band (even if they suck), & Robert Sheehan!!

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These are Pictures from the THG Premiere. Group 22!! We are the Careers! 

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of the Blogger Spotlight on Sylvia.

Come back next Monday for a new one!

And don’t forget to check out last week’s on Victoria from Novel Reality!

Blogger Spotlight: Tatiana from City of Shadowhunters

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, treatment and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, search no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, pills and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you and would love to feature you! Plus I just like learning about new blogs!

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Today’s blogger is Tatiana Santana from City of Shadowhunters

Her Twitter and Her Instagram

Her Tumblr

Her Facebook page

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I went to my grandma’s 80th birthday party wearing The Sorting Hat AND my MockinJay pin! Fandom Pride!

Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Tatiana: I really LOVE reading, writing, singing, dancing, acting and being creative. BIG fan of the arts! Harry Potter, and Disneyland are probably my two favorite things in the world (but I’m not really sure, I mean, I haven’t really traveled the world yet, but for now, we can go with that)! My hobbies include reading TONS of books & attending book signings. I also like going to movie premieres/red carpet events (especially for book based films). I enjoy making new friends pretty much anywhere I go! <3

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Tatiana: City of Shadowhunters is a Mortal Instruments fan site that I launched early this year. It follows the latest news and updates on The City of Bones film along with all of Cassandra Clare’s latest projects, including TMI, TID,TDATLH and The Bane Chronicles! From the moment I picked up Cassie’s books, I just really fell in love with the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I mean, the stories really had such an impact on my life and the way that I viewed the world. The stories really filled my heart with something that might have been missing before I ever read them; and I really wanted to share that and pay it forward, so I started up a fan site! :D

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Posing at WonderCon, showing my Shadowhunter pride. ;)

Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Tatiana: I’ve been attending book signings and movie premieres/ fan camps for quite some time and I really felt like sharing the experiences with my closest friends. When I noticed that my friends weren’t listening, I decided to get online and share these awesome personal experiences with any fangirls that would listen (hehe). The idea for a fan site really just came from me wanting to share my experiences with friends; it just grew from there.  I have some really awesome memories that I didn’t just want to keep to myself. The Mortal Instruments IS my favorite book series (since Harry Potter) so I wanted to start up a fan site dedicated to that. I fell in love with this series, and its very close to my heart.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

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At fan camp for The Hunger Games movie premiere, just met the tributes!

Tatiana: Being a TOTAL geek, I’m not in short supply of nerdy moments, but my favorite has to be when I went to The Hunger Games movie premiere. I had spent the entire weekend I at fan camp, and we were running low on sleep and energy. The absolute BEST moment was when I was in the fan section on the red carpet and a news channel came to interview me asking why I decided to camp out. She had interviewed me, and then asked where I was from. Here’s how that went:

Newscaster- “So, where are you from?”

Me- “I’m from District 7! We harvest wood!”

Newscaster- “No, where in the United States?’

Me- “There is NO United States! We live in a dystopian world– We have Districts! …I am from District 7… “

It wasn’t until after she’d wrapped up our interview that my friends let me know she was talking about my actual hometown. I was so embarrassed when I’d realize what I’d actually said. It was definitely a laugh that my THG fans and I still talk about. hehe.

Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Tatiana: I am MOST looking forward to release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie! I really cannot wait to see it. I predict that it is going to be AMAZING!  As far as movies go, I’m also look forward to Catching Fire and Divergent! For books, I’m looking forward to Allegiant (Divergent 3),  and The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire. I’m being as patient as I can until CoHF comes out, but I really cannot wait to read it! In the meantime, I’m having a lot of fun predicting all possible outcomes with the rest of the fandom. <3

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Tatiana: I’m SO excited about this question because I really really enjoy reading! I LOVE reading classics, anything written by Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters. Harry Potter is my ABSOLUTE favorite series, ever (JK Rowling is a GENIUS)! The Mortal Instruments (anything by Cassandra Clare, really). I find that I am a big fan of a lot of the YA series’ out there like: The Divergent series, The Hunger GamesDelirium and Chaos Walking (to name a few). :)

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Here I am at the Twilight Fan Camp, feeling a little Twilight Wasted after meeting some of the film’s stars. :)

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Tatiana: “WhatANerdGirlSays” of course!

I really love following my friends’ blogs: “IAmDivergent” and “FangirlFeeels“. I also keep up with Page to Premiere for a good mix of all the fandoms and the latest movie/casting news. “MockingJayNet” & “Down With The Capitol (DWTC)” are my favorite Hunger Games fansites (I’m a HUGE THG fan). And, of course, “TMI Source” for The Mortal Instruments news! <3

Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Tatiana: The Herondales (William and Jace)! I just cannot get enough of them. It’s hard to pick, but I can honestly say that Will Herondale is my ALL TIME favorite character! I just LOVE him! <3

One Last Word From Tatiana: 

Special THANK YOU to my Fangirl Twin Sara for featuring me! You’re a DOLL! ILY! <3

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Just being silly in a Google hang out with my friends…and some runes… and my sorting hat. NBD.

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Hope you enjoyed this Spotlight on Tatiana, and come back soon for more Blogger Spotlights!

And check out last week’s Spotlight on Paulina from I Am Divergent