week three

digital storytelling through movies

After reading the first chapter of The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media and watching the two videos, I wanted to do my story analysis on the Divergent movies. 

They were originally a trilogy of books then made into movies because of their popularity. By making them into movies, the series appeals to a wider audience (like those who do not like to read) and is consistent with the idea found in the reading that it’s easier to access and found across many movie-streaming platforms. This helps the series stay relevant to the era of telling stories digitally and not just on paper. Also, the trilogy follows the author’s definition of story, that is, “a story is a sequence of content, anchored on a problem, which engages that audience with emotion and meaning”.  

The Divergent books and movies share commonalities with this week’s reading. First, the storyline engages the audience as we watch the dystopian society, and the individual members of the society, struggle with problems and personal issues. Some of these obstacles are things everybody can relate to, yet not all of them because it is set in a fictional society. The only trouble between the books and our reading is that the movies do not include as many details and lack inner monologue of the characters. This makes it a bit harder to see character development and growth, but the general challanges and storyline are still seen in the movie version.