Veronica Roth spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Tris and the major changes in Insurgent book to movie.
Ever since the Insurgent trailers showed Shailene Woodley‘s Tris holding a gun, fans were up in arms about a plot line clearly deviating from the second Divergent novel. In the book, Tris has difficulty holding a gun as she copes with the fact she killed her friend Will. Author Veronica Roth spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about this specific difference while at the Insurgent premiere, held Monday at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City.
“I think having an action movie in which the heroine can’t hold a weapon, then the whole movie is about her not being able to hold a weapon,” said Roth. “But they found other ways for her to express her emotional state, other than the gun-holding.”
She continued, “For me, that was all the gun-holding thing really was, a way of showing how traumatized she is by what’s happened to her. But I think that still comes across in the movie, which is good.”
At the afterparty Roth talked about the addition of the mystery box, which is a major plot point in Insurgent.
“I think it kind of streamlines the story, really,” said Roth. “There’s a lot of different movements that Tris makes in the book: she’s going to Erudite, she’s going away from Erudite, she’s going back to Erudite, and she experiences a lot of those simulations throughout that process. But in the movie, you just need that smooth arc. And also, to give Jeanine this motivation to target her specifically — in the book, it’s a little more nebulas, but it’s very specific in the movie.”
Roth said that Insurgent has the most complicated plot of the three books, and that the book to film changes make it so that the movie isn’t just constantly explaining itself to the audience. She said, “That would be kind of lame. It’s like they found a way to keep some of my favorite moments: the simulation where Tris fights herself, the simulation where she encounters her mother, the one where she thinks she’s getting rescued but she’s not — all those things are in the same place, happening at the same emotional peak, which really works.”
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