“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.”—Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone around the World
So, i've just finished reading Divergent and loved it. I intend to watch the film soon but I can't help thinking that Theo James was the wrong casting for Four. Any thoughts?
I agree, he doesn’t look like Four to my mind. He’s too old, there is no boyishness about him, he wasn’t built quite like the four I pictured. I had him down as somewhere between Daniel Sharman & Keegan Allen (Keegan Allen’s intensity and tightly-boundness in PLL, Daniel Sharman’s build and height. Idk for looks, not like anyone I can think of) Who would you have liked to have seen cast? Did you have anyone in mind when reading?
As a British person I see (male) Brits being cast more and more (as the leads) in YA book series adaptations, and sometimes I wonder if people are trying to recreate the unexpected success of Robert Patterson as Edward in Twilight a little. A ‘we have to use a British actor, the teenage girls will love it’ thing. Or maybe RPatz opened some doors for Brit actors, and I’m a little cynical, because it’s all worked in practice.
I’ve seen the film though, and the casting actually works well. He and Shailene Woodley are great together. I watched some interviews beforehand and thought their chemistry was awkward and off, but it doesn’t come across like that on screen. He lacks the vulnerability though, he’s a bit ‘Action Man’, he’s a less complex, less conflicted four. But overall it really worked, he has three more films for the character development I suppose.
“Nothing lasts,” she says, and there’s a little crack in her voice. “You think it’s going to. You think, ‘Here’s something I can hold on to,’ but it always slips away.”—The Spectacular Now (via impactings)
“Reckon it’s best if you don’t have anyone you care about; then it can’t hurt you. Don’t have to be afraid of losing someone if you no one to lose.”—Karen Maitland, Company Of Liars (via quotes-shape-us)
“I think you’ll find a girl who exhales answers instead of a never-ending stream of questions, one whose hands aren’t always ink-stained, one whose heart doesn’t live in her throat, one whose demons are small enough to be tucked into the back of her closet, sealed in a box, only let out once or twice a year when she’s drunk off of cheap wine, a girl who doesn’t feel like her head is going to explode every day, who doesn’t dream about the kitchen knives. You’ll find a girl who doesn’t write poems for you, but that’s okay because she smiles all the time and there is always light in her eyes, never a thunderstorm.
I will try not to blame you when you find this girl because now that I know what a horrible place my own mind is, I could never ask someone else to want to stay there too.”—Fortesa Latifi, “You’ll Find a Girl” (via childoflust)
“To live every day as if it has been stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To feel the joy of life… To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter every day. To say I am alive, I am wonderful, I am. I am. That is something to aspire to.”—Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain (via bookmania)
“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”—Stevie Nicks (via seulray)
“Go to a coffee shop. Sit by the bar with the glass windows and look out. Look at all the people running to catch a train. All the girls with one too many shopping bags. All the couples too in love to care. Then you’ll see it - a bit of yourself in everyone. And somehow, sitting alone in a coffee shop had never felt so good.”—(via mined)