Here’s Exactly Why The Divergent Film Franchise Turned Into A Total Trainwreck

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Divergent should have been the next big teen movie franchise. It had all the ingredients – it was based on a popular book series, had a strong female lead and featured heroic teens fighting an evil government. And yet audiences, after the first couple of instalments, lost interest. So what went wrong?

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The first Divergent novel by Veronica Roth was very successful. It focused on a young woman in a post-apocalyptic world where humans were divided based on character traits. The different “factions” in the story are Dauntless, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Amity – or bravery, selflessness, honesty, intelligence and kindness respectively.

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Critics commented from the beginning that Divergent bore a strong resemblance to another post-apocalyptic novel, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ story which became an incredibly popular movie series. Indeed, comparisons to the films would dog the Divergent franchise right from the beginning.

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