Last Sunday I went and saw the movie The Darkest Minds in my local theater. The Darkest Minds movie is based on the book by the same name by Alexandra Bracken. The book was published in 2012, so it’s been quite a wait for those who read the book and have been waiting to see it on the big screen.
I have a confession to make: I saw the movie before I read the book. And cue the gasps. I know, I know, if you’re a bookworm, you NEVER see the movie before you read the book. Well, I tried to check it out of the library beforehand, but every copy was checked out, so I decided to watch the movie first and read the book afterward if I liked the movie.
My opinion of the movie is that is was pretty good but fell heavily into YA tropes. You know the ones: love triangle, the protagonist is the last of her kind, etc. Besides these tropes, which I’m sure were in the book as well, the plot was action-packed and kept me interested the whole way through! There was one scene that made me cringe, though. At one point, a person (I’m not naming who for spoiler reasons) gets kicked repeatedly in the stomach while lying on the ground. I don’t deal well with violence, and that scene made me turn my head away until it stopped. Another thing I didn’t like was the attempted rape scene. I’m glad it was only attempted and not an actual rape scene because I might have had to step out of the theater for that.
Now that I’ve seen the movie, I’m not sure I want to read the book. One reason is that I think my tastes have changed since I first added it to my to-be-read list in 2015. I don’t enjoy reading post-apocalyptic fiction as much as I used to. Another reason that I’m not sure I want to read the book is the attempted rape scene, as well as the violence. I don’t like reading books with things like that in it. I mean, some violence is okay, but if I could barely get through the stomach-kicking scene in a movie, I don’t know how I would do when I’m reading it, since I have quite a vivid imagination!
Have you seen this movie? What did you think of it? If you loved the book, tell me why I should consider reading it!