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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Movie Star Has a Promising Future as a Book Critic

Posted by on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I have no idea how the movie version of Divergent will be—it screens for critics next week—but thanks to publicity for the film, I know that I like Divergent star Shailene Woodley a lot. The Mary Sue's Jill Pantozzi published a snippet of Woodley's interview with Teen Vogue, and this is what I like to hear from young actors:

Twilight, I’m sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. [The protagonist Bella] falls in love with this guy and the second he leaves her, her life is over and she’s going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve.

More and more, I'm hearing young actors talk openly about the messages pop culture sends to women. It's a perfect use of the platform, and it's something that will hopefully enable a change. More like this, please, celebrities! Using a boring PR tour to discuss how women are treated in popular culture is a win-win: It could help shift the entertainment culture and it creates headlines that aren't just boring celebrity gossip.


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Tracy 1
What little I know of Shailene Woodley comes from author John Green's updates during the filming of movie adaptation of his book "The Fault in Our Stars." And it's all made me think highly of her. This quote continues that impression.
Posted by Tracy on March 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM · Report this
But Divergent is also an incredibly shitty book. I mean, I made it through the first book in the series, just barely, while I couldn't make it past the first page of Twilight, but it was still stupid, with a dull, 2-dimensional female protagonist written by a heavy hand and full of passive, chaste Christian ideals.
Posted by sloggerette on March 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM · Report this
@2 - You nailed it on "Divergent." I read it as part of my job but it was so dully written, I could barely finish it. The story seems canned, but if the writing had been stellar, I wouldn't have cared.

Just because the audience are teen readers doesn't mean the book has to be written like a 14-yr-old wrote it. Ugh. There seem to be a lot of teen books like this, words thrown on a page to tap the market. Not all, thankfully. (God bless John Green). Too often these days I read a teen novel where the story is interesting but the writing is painful.

I didn't mind the Twilight series though. It was drivel, of course, but decently written for 13-year-old readers. The fourth book was an editorial mess, though (the first three were okay). And the first Hunger Games was interesting and not badly written (the rest of the series annoyed me).

Rainbow Rowell's two teen books are very well written ("Eleanor & Park" and "Fangirl"). I would like to see Shailene Woodley star in one of these two when they get made into films. I like her a lot as an actor and I'm glad to hear that she appears to be a thoughtful human being as well.
Posted by Bugnroolet on March 13, 2014 at 6:40 AM · Report this

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