The Darkest Minds (2018) and The Death of YA Cinematic Adaptations

In 2016, the third instalment in The Divergent Series was released in cinemas. Allegiant (dir. Robert Schwentke), in all regards, was a terrible movie. A dull, misshapen and stagnant adaptation of an already controversial Young Adult novel. In fact, the magnitude of its failure led to the ending of the whole Divergent franchise, with the fourth and final film- Ascendant being pulled from production before the year was even out. Along with the triumphant disaster of the Divergent series, as well as a slew of other failed franchises from Beautiful Creatures (2013) to Vampire Academy (2014), it appeared that the YA fantasy movie adaptation was yet another ‘dead horse’ genre being beaten into a bloody pulp by the Hollywood higher-ups, with nothing even comparing to the success of both The Twilight Saga (2008-12) and The Hunger Games film franchises (2012-15).


A short trip to the Geek Dungeon…

Hey Everyone!

My name is Rhys, and I have decided to start my own blog. I am a recent graduate of Swansea University, and I am hoping to use this platform as a way of sharing my opinions on Film, TV and any other form of geeky media that I encounter. Although the primary goal is to write reviews for new releases and to maybe review new tv shows, episode by episode, I am also hoping to post some unique film and television critique, ranging from character study to thematic commentary. Hopefully whoever stumbles into the Geek Dungeon will find something they can enjoy and will choose to embark on this journey with me, just to see where it will lead…