Thursday, August 29, 2013

Divergent and The Book Thief

I don't read much YA fiction anymore, but when I do...better not go down that path, I'm starting to sound like The Most Interesting Man in the World (who, it turns out, originated in a beer commercial. I really need to watch more TV to learn such important info.) For the last year, I've been discovering the classics, with great relish, but there are a few modern novels that have managed to stick out among such august company. Two of them are about to be released as movies.

The first of these, Divergent, I remember very little about, except for liking it quite a lot at the time. So, I won't vouch for its literary quality, but I do know it holds a higher standard of morality than most dystopian fiction, including The Hunger Games (if not a comparative level of originality.)

The other, The Book Thief, was very original, though I felt the ending lacked closure. I think I might like it better as a movie than a book, though I have an instinctive dislike of child actors (excepting Christian Bale, who shoots child acting into the stratosphere). I review it here.



  1. I've been wanting to read Divergent for awhile now, but I can never catch it at the library. I've heard of the Book Thief. I'll have to check them out sometime--if I can. I never knew Christian Bale could sing--wow. Thanks for the link.

    1. Actually, Bale's voice was dubbed. But that's a terrific movie, Empire of the Sun. Directed by Spielberg. It's a pity it's not very well-known.


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