I, along with a bunch of other UK bloggers, was invited to the Divergent movie premiere in Leicester Square this past Sunday. I was totally shocked to receive the email from HarperCollins, as I had no idea that the event was open to fans. I called Tatum immediately after reading the email, and guess what? She didn’t answer the phone. I spent a good forty minutes pacing around my bedroom, waiting for her to call me back so I could cry down the phone to her. Eventually, she did, and I was able to talk her into coming along with me. Here is a summary of our adventure.
After spending the night at my house and crying over The Book Thief movie, Tatum and I set off for London at 11AM. Of course, it was actually 10AM because the bloody clocks went forward, which means I was up at 7.30AM, which means I was tired and a little shaky. I like my sleep, okay?
We had to walk to the train station because I live in a village where there are no buses on Sunday. Luckily, it didn’t take us too long to walk the mile or so from my house to the station, and we caught the 12 o’clock train into London Marylebone. By this point, Tatum had teased me by mentioning the fact that The Maze Runner might get a premiere in London, and I was freaking out. Because Dylan O’Brien. So I was sitting on the train, laughing to myself about maybe meeting Dylan O’Brien and seeing Kate Winslet in real life, and all that good stuff. I told you, I was tired and I’m not even completely sane on a normal day.
Once we arrived at Marylebone, we took the tube to Leicester Square. And that was that! We were there, and ready to meet a bunch of book bloggers and to watch a movie that I was desperately hoping wasn’t going to be another City of Bones.
We made our way to the fan event, which was pretty cool if you’re into that sort of thing. Once we were given our wristbands, we were able to walk around the event and look at the different stalls. This is where we found Jess! Or, rather, where she found us.
There was a stall for taking the aptitude test, which told you which faction you should choose (and gave you really cool tattoos!), a trampoline jumping thingy that I really wanted to go on, but I was wearing a dress which really wasn’t appropriate. There was also a cool rock climbing area where you raced people to the top of a moving wall, and a shooting maze/range thing! I didn’t take part in any of them, which I kind of regret because it was very well done and looked like loads of fun! Also at this fan event I met Debbie and Rita, who are absolutely lovely in real life! I hope they didn’t mind my awkwardness. We also met Jasprit after the movie ended, and she was so sweet as well!
We decided at 1.30PM that we should probably start queueing for the cinema. This was a good idea, because the queue grew to be ENORMOUS, and we were pretty far back as it was. We found Debbie again in the queue and watched the screens that showed the red carpet while we waited to be let in.
Once we were through onto the red carpet, we were able to choose a wristband indicating which faction we were in, depending on where we wanted to sit. I, of course, chose Erudite. Because I’m a smart cookie, and all of the other factions are weird. Sorry, sorry. Don’t make me jump off a train, you Dauntless thugs!
So we walked the red carpet, on the opposite side to the stars, avoiding previously mentioned Dauntless thugs along the way before we entered the cinema. The Odeon in Leicester Square is HUGE and wonderful. It felt like an actual theatre! We were fairly near the back, which is just what I wanted since I prefer being higher up when I’m in the cinema, surrounded by fellow Erudite initiates. We bought some food, and got settled into our seats, watching the live feed of the premiere and putting on our free Divergent t-shirts for extra comfort and fangirling.
It took a little while for everyone to arrive and get seated, but eventually they made it. Then the cast walked along the right side of the cinema, towards the big stage at the front! I wasn’t expecting this, I thought they were going to go around the back. But nope, Queen Kate Winslet walked among us. They all got up on the stage and wished us a good time. They all looked so lovely, especially Kate (duh), and Shailene, who was absolutely adorable.
And then the curtains parted and the movie began.
Were you lucky enough to attend the movie premiere in Leicester Square on Sunday? What did you think of the whole experience? I had a wonderful time, and it was lovely to meet so many fellow book bloggers, and to see so many fans of the book! I don’t get to do that often enough. Thank you so much to Harper Collins for inviting me, and to everyone I met on Sunday for being so kind. Except the crew member who ran off with my video camera, he was rather rude when he returned it.
My review of the Divergent movie will be going up on Friday, ready for the UK release! I’ll let you know one thing now, though: I loved it.