The problem is, they don’t know the people, the fans, the readers, that love the book and try to support it as best as they can. They don’t know us. They are just fine with making comparisons with other book to movie adaptions as well as starting battles. “Is Divergent the next Hunger Games.” “Who will win? Katnis or Tris? “Why Divergent won’t be the next Hunger Games.” Well, I DON’T want Divergent to be the next Hunger Games. Why can’t Divergent just be Divergent? Why all the unnecessary comparisons? To them, they are trying to gauge Divergent’s success on the basis of the success of the Hunger Games. Yeah, the problem with that is everyone has different definitions of success.
To me, a successful adaption means it pleases the readers. It doesn’t matter much if it doesn’t do as well in the box office, as long as the we the readers are happy, I consider that a success. On the other hand, many movie critics measure the success on the amount of money a movie makes. But that doesn’t as much to me as it used to. Take the first Percy Jackson movie for example. Critics deem it a success because it brought in more than $226,000,000 in the box office – more than double it’s $95 million budget. However to readers, it was a disaster in so many ways. The characters were off, the story was changed. It ended up way, way, below the expectations of what the movie should be like. Yet, it made enough to warrant a sequel.
If Divergent doesn’t appeal to the general public, the only difficulty with that will be complications with making a sequel. If Divergent doesn’t appeal to the the readers, you should just forget about making a sequel. If you want to tell why Divergent won’t be as successful as some other movie adaptions, I suggest you read the book first, and then come back and tell me. I could care less whether it will make more money than the Hunger Games. All I care about is whether it will satisfy the readers.