POPSUGAR got the chance to interview Veronica Roth, author of the bestselling novel Divergent. They talked Allegiant, being compared to The Hunger Games, Shailene Woodley and Theo James and her set visit.
Below is a bit of the interview by POPSUGAR. CLICK HERE to read the whole interview.
Which casting do you think is the most spot-on?
VR: That’s a good question. I think it’s kind of a tie, and they did an incredible job on the leads. When I saw Shailene [Woodley] as Tris for the first time, I was like, “Yup! There it is. It’s perfect.” Even though she’s not a tiny blond girl, I think she does a great job with it. And Theo James as Four, he looks just right and he acted just right. They’ve done a great job with those leads.
Have you had a chance to visit the set?
VR: I did! It was really amazing. I walked in and I was speechless for about two hours. And they kept trying to introduce me to people, and I would just stare at them because I was so stunned. It was really incredible to see the world realized in such great detail.
Personally I can’t wait to see how The Pit looks.
VR: I can’t wait for people to see what I saw [on the set]. It was awesome!
What do you make of the comparisons made between Divergent and The Hunger Games?
VR: The comparison is extremely flattering. I’m a fan of The Hunger Games, and I have been eagerly anticipating the next movie. If you’re going to be compared to something, it’s not a terrible thing to be compared to. If I could have even a fraction of that readership and support, I’ll consider myself pretty lucky.
Do you feel like the success of that series and the movie has helped pave the way for Divergent?
VR: I think movie series like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Twilight have really created this really intense and enthusiastic young-adult audience who are eager to read teen books and to see them realized on the screen, so definitely those movies have been really significant in creating a way for my books to become movies and for a lot of upcoming adaptations to become movies.
Can you tease anything about the third book, Allegiant?
VR: This is such a hard question! It definitely picks up right where the second one leaves off, and all the pressing questions that you have will be answered. I think that’s the most I can say, probably.