5:30 pm EST, February 20, 2015

Veronica Roth addresses controversial ‘Insurgent’ book-to-film changes

Divergent author says she’s seen Insurgent and is relieved to find that the book-to-film changes only benefit the movie.

In light of recent chatter in the Divergent fandom about changes they’re making to the second installment in the trilogy — such as the mystery box depicted above, which has appeared in numerous previews — Roth took to her Tumblr on Friday to relieve concerns.

“I know that some of you are probably apprehensive because as the trailers have revealed, there are a few clear differences between the book and the movie,” she wrote. “I shared that apprehension walking into the screening room, but I walked out of the movie relieved — and excited.”

Roth explained that some things in her book would not have translated well to the big screen, so the changes were necessary. “Insurgent, the book, has a complicated plot—a lot of moving parts, a lot of ups and downs. That sort of thing can work in a book, but if it’s translated directly to the screen, it makes for a messy, confusing movie. The changes that were made streamline the story so it makes sense for this new format; in other words, they work.”

We wonder why Roth (and possibly Summit/Lionsgate) felt the need for this blog post, and particularly the above paragraph, to exist. Are they bracing us for bigger changes that we’ve yet to see?

Roth’s remarks may suggest we’re in store for even more book-to-film changes we’re still unaware of, but we trust Roth is truly happy with the final product.

“Insurgent is great — and fun to watch. It is a tense, action-packed adventure of a movie,” she wrote. “At certain points, my muscles were so clenched I felt like I had just done a series of push-ups. When I left, I immediately wanted to go back in and see it again. (I still do!),” she wrote.

Insurgent hits theaters on March 20. This morning we shared the first two clips from the movie. Watch the film’s trailer to learn a little more about the aforementioned mystery box:

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