Lauren Oliver Fans Unite
About the Book:
The following is the Barnes and Noble review of Delirium:
Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
In Lauren Oliver’s stunning second novel, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. But then she meets enigmatic Alex, who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
I read Delirium last spring and I loved it! The entire series is amazing. These books do have some of the worst cliffhangers ever! I’m looking at you, Pandemonium! If you like dystopian books or a good romance then this series is definitely for you. Even my sister, who hardly reads at all, loved these books! The romance is a big focus of these books, as you would be able to guess from the premise. That said, the rest of the plot is pretty wonderful as well. READ IT!
WARNING: There is a love triangle. I repeat, there is a love triangle! Brace yourselves!
So, a while back Delirium was picked up to *maybe* be a TV show by Fox. They hired all the actors and filmed the first episode (pilot). While that was going on, there were also a couple other shows doing the same thing. All the TV shows showed Fox their pilots so that one/some of them could be picked up as a full-time show. They passed on Delirium. Well, they still had this first episode of Delirium. For some reason they decided to show it to us. Why? To bring attention to the Delirium book? To tantalize us with what could have been? We may never know. Anyway, this first episode is available on Hulu here. The best part is, you do NOT need to have Hulu to watch it. You can watch it for free on any computer.
I watched the pilot earlier today and, of course, I need to share my thoughts about it.
First of all, I was coming into this expecting bad acting and a lot of differences from the book. Both of those turned out to be true, in my opinion. Emma Roberts did better than I thought she would have but I still hold my stance that she is not a good actress.
I am not the best at picking up on the quality of acting. If someone says, “This movie has terrible acting!” I will then notice the terrible acting, but I probably didn’t beforehand. I might just be saying the acting is bad because I felt like it should have been bad.
Daren Kagasoff (Alex) was not Alex to me at all. After reading the books and loving the character of Alex, I will always have high standards. Gregg Sulkin (Julian) did pretty well but I may be biased because I loved Wizards of Waverly Place, which he was in. I only object that he did not have his British accent. I understand why he couldn’t have it but you always leave the British accent! I’m just going to leave it saying that the acting was sub par.
They fit the entire Delirium book into one episode. Might as well make it a movie! The love between Lena and Alex was not believable at all. We were supposed to believe that Lena would leave everything she had ever know for someone she had known for about a week. I am strongly against insta-love so I reject the possibility of the situation in the pilot. They could have made Delirium into an entire season, at least!
The episode was so different from the book!
Moment of truth:
Would I watch Delirium if it was on television? I believe I would. It was interesting enough that I wasn’t scrolling through Twitter while watching it. It had my attention the entire time. It wouldn’t be the type of show that I just had watch every week. I would probably have to catch up online a couple times.
Downside: Sub par acting, veered from the book’s plot too much, and insta-love that was not believable.
Upside: Kept my attention and interesting plot line.
I think if you have read the books it is for sure worth the watch and it is good enough to watch if you haven’t read them. BUT if you are planning to read the books do not watch the pilot because it has a lot of spoilers!
It is only available for a limited time here!
Love your favorite fangirl,
P.S. If you have watched or read Delirium, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!