In an ongoing effort to fit in with today’s tweens, I read Divergent last year. Also I dressed exclusively in rainbow loom bracelets. While I know I’m not exactly in the book’s demo (I wear a bra because I actually need one….oh snap!), I also know it’s a Hunger Games knock-off. With a dash of Harry Potter plot plagiarism shenanigans thrown in too. And I don’t think you have to be an adult to know that. In fact, I’m embarrassed on behalf of all the tweens out there who argue that Tris isn’t based on Katniss and that she’s like totally, her own heroine.
After seeing Divergent in theaters this spring and pointing these obvious similarities out, people proceeded the freak the eff in the comments. As if I was just pulling these comparisons from thin air. As if factions aren’t just like Hogwarts houses. As if a beautiful teen girl being forced to rebel against her government to save humanity is a new story that we haven’t seen before. C’mon people, wake up and smell the dystopia! Katniss did it first and she did it better. (Plus, I don’t care what year it is, it’s always unacceptable for a grown man to call himself Four unironically.)
Now, finally, after being called stupid for months by people who are “better at reading comprehension and understanding deepness” than me, I’ve found someone on my side. And by someone, I obviously mean Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailers. While they usually nail it when it comes to making fun of popular movies, this time they extra nailed it by calling Divergent out for being a blatant Hunger Games rip-off. So watch it, enjoy it and accept the fact that Tris could never handle a bow and arrow as well as Katniss.