"It's not faithful to the book at all," she cautioned. "But I liked the movie. It is its own thing. It's fun and it does have a girl (Anne Hatheway) who is struggling against obedience and she is having as hard a time as Ella does in my book, so there is a core that is still there," she said.
"It has its own spirit. I like the spirit of the movie and I like the spirit of the book, but they're very different things. I'm not sure how a reader will regard that, but I hope that my readers will also like movie."
Levine said she hopes the film will also inspire audience members unfamiliar with the tale to pick up her award-winning novel.
"I'm hoping it will bring a lot of people to the book -- old and young," she said.