I know I’m going to catch some heat for even saying that. I mean right now, the Hunger Games movies and books are the best thing since sliced bread. And even though Divergent came out more recently, the series just doesn’t appear to have as big of a following as the “Girl on Fire.”
So, why do I like the Divergent series better?
It’s more relatable!!
Tris is a normal girl, living in a “normal” place, a place people can recognize-Chicago. But she’s also normal because she wasn’t born a hero. She has to train and fight and learn how to be a hero…but also learn who she is. That’s something every person has to go through as a teenager.
It’s also relatable because her and Four’s relationship is REAL. They don’t have a complicated love triangle. They don’t always get along and think everything is perfect between them. I love that they get into fights, because that’s what happens in real relationships. I love that they can see each other’s flaws, but still love each other. I can completely relate with not only Tris, but their relationship.
Yes, I cried when the author, Veronica Roth, killed off big characters. Yes, I do hate that it happened. But it’s also another part that makes this story seem like it could be real. In the movies, the hero or heroine always survive-even in circumstances where there would be no way they’d survive in real life. This portrayed life-in life, there’s no guarantee you’ll survive dangerous situations just because you’re the “main character” or “good guy.”
While reading the books, I just became completely immersed in Tris’ world. I could imagine it. And of course, who wouldn’t wonder what faction they would be in! (I’d probably be in Candor, because I am brutally honest and don’t apologize for it.)
So, those are the reasons I liked Divergent more than The Hunger Games. And I’ll say again, I love love love Katniss and her story. There’s nothing wrong with it. But in my eyes, Divergent is the more enthralling tale.