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Veronica Roth talks #FOUR

Our girl Veronica Roth has been pretty busy this days, we’re just four days away from ‘Four: A Divergent Story Collection’ her last book for the ‘Divergent’ series. In her last interview for ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ she talks about how it was for her to write from Tobias’ perspective in both ‘Allegiant’ and ‘Four” and how fans have reacted to it:

“Had you always planned for Allegiant to be from both perspectives?”

“No, I really wanted to whole series to be just in Tris’ voice, actually. But when I wrote Allegiant, everything had become so much more complicated than I anticipated, so I really needed an additional perspective to take readers into the parts of the world that Tris wasn’t going to go into. And then there was this great opportunity to show Tris and Four experiencing the same thing and having different reactions, or experiencing different things and reacting to each other.”

“Did feedback from Allegiant affect these stories since that was the first time that you debuted Four’s voice?”

“A little bit. I feel like some amount of criticism helps. A lot of people commented that Four’s voice wasn’t quite distinct enough from Tris. In my mind they felt very different, but on the page that might not come across. So I thought about that a little more. And it felt a little more like it was something for the reader’s than it had before. Whether people liked it or not, the ending of Allegiant affected them emotionally. And so to have something else in the series to show them a little more of a favorite character felt good to write.”

She’s also been nominated for a ‘Teen of Queen’ an award made specially for YA and teen fiction authors! Voting ends on Monday so hurry up. You can vote here.

Lastly, to close this post about our Illinois girl, guess who made it to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list? Veronica did as the #95. If you wanna see who made it and who didn’t click here.

We wish you all a happy 4th of July! Remember to follow us on Twitter for more updates.

 

Post by Mary Mendez.

Sources: ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ and ‘Forbes’.

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NEWS: Veronica Roth Shares Good/Bad News about the “Four” Stories!

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We received the first Four short story The Transfer earlier on this year. The second Four short story was due out this month. Well Veronica has shared some news about that on her Tumblr. But don’t worry because all of the stories will be together in a hardcover copy called Four: A Divergent Collection.

Read what V had to say below:

All right, so it’s good news/bad news time.

Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes.

Bad News: the three remaining stories from Four’s perspective that I’ve been working on, which were supposed to come out later this year/early next year, have been delayed until July 2014. They’ll be bundled together and sold as a hardcover under the title Four: A Divergent Collection, with some fun extra content, and at that time they will also be released as separate e-stories (so, if you’ve already bought the first one, “The Transfer,” you don’t have to pay again for it in a collection if you don’t want to).

If you are asking, incredulously, “why, Veronica? Why must you do this to us?!” My answer is: the stories turned out much meatier and more substantial than I was originally anticipating when I started them. There’s just so much going on—Tobias’s reunion with his mother, his growing disillusionment with the faction system, and some of his early moments with Tris, to name a few. So I just really, really need more time to get them right. I know it sucks, but I am sure that this extra time will result in better work and better stories for everyone to read.

Okay. Good News:
-If you already pre-ordered the second story, “The Initiate,” your pre-order will not be canceled. It will just take a little longer for you to get it.

-The stories are long. As in, they’re about seventy pages each, so if you add them together you get about 280 pages of Tobias’s story. Which is as long as some novels. So there’s more to read!

-The price for the e-stories will not change, even though they’re longer than anticipated.

-The stories will be better in July than they would have been if they had come out this winter, because I’m going to work my butt off to make them that way!
Which is what I’m off to do right now, actually.

<3,
V

2014 will be a very spectacular year for us. Divergent comes out, filming for Insurgent starts and we get the Four stories.


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Divergent Faction ALLEGIANT Review (contains spoilers)

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This is my first time writing a book review so bear with me.

It has been almost a little over a month since Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy has been released and lots of people loved it and some did not. I am one of those that loved it. Read on to find out why.

WARNING THE BELOW CONTENT CONTAINS ALLEGIANT SPOILERS!!!

When I first picked up Allegiant I just knew that I would see a good amount of my favourite characters go. It is in fact the last book in the Divergent trilogy.

Veronica Roth’s books have touched me in a certain way that some other books have not. The fact that Allegiant is the final book in the Divergent trilogy kind of hits home.

We finally found out what was outside if the fence. It was in fact the Bureau. Allegiant explained things that we had been waiting to understand. We found out about the Bureau, that Tris’ mom was involved with the Bureau, and the point of the factions. We also found out that Chicago was not the only place that had been segregated, there were other cities too. Chicago was the place where the factions originated and where the factions were best lived out.

Allegiant filled us in on why/how Tris’ mom was Dauntless. We also found out that Andrew Prior was Erudite and was great friends with Jeanine until he found out just how evil she was. He and Natalie switched over to Abnegation to live better lives.

This book let us know just how horrible the government was in this. The bureau also only wanted people that were Divergent. These people were genetically pure. Others that were not Divergent were genetically damaged.

In Allegiant it seems that lots of the characters discovered who they were.

As soon as It was suggested that Caleb be the one to sacrifice his life for everyone I knew that Tris would be taking his place. That is just the type of person she is. She is after all Divergent so she still has selflessness in her. The fact that her mom was there to take her was perfect. There was no better person to do it. Natalie Prior sacrificed so much for Tris and Caleb it only seemed right.

Was Tris’ death heartbreaking? Yes. Do I wish it was Caleb instead of her? Yes. But this was something that just had to happen.

A part in the book that really and truly interested me was when Peter wanted to become a different person. Tobias had a serum that would make people forget their memories. Peter wanted this serum so that he could change and become a better person. He took it and it changed him for a while but then he went back to being himself again.

The end of the story was probably the most heartbreaking to me. All of Tris’ friends and Tobias celebrate her life and spreading her ashes by doing something that she loved doing, zip-lining.

In the end Tobias was able to reconcile with his mother. Chicago changed for the better. There are no more factions and people can live the way that they want to live.

Allegiant was told from two different POV’s, Tris and Tobias. I have to be honest about this, I preferred Tris’ POV over Tobias’. I don’t know why, but I just did. But V had to do it because of the fate of Tris.

We may have lost Edward, Tori, Uriah and Tris, but we gained a great great story.

Veronica Roth wrote this story to the best of her ability and it was absolutely perfect to me. There truly was no other way to end this book then the way that she did. Tris had to die in order for things to be right.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was very well written.

What were your thoughts on Allegiant? Share your thoughts with me in the comments or on twitter @DivergentFction


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Shailene Woodley Thinks #ALLEGIANT Ending is Awesome!

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Bleeding Cool was able to sit and talk with Shailene Woodley and Veronica Roth. During the interview both Veronica and Shailene talked about the ending of Allegiant.

We were allowed a sneak peek of some new Divergent footage this week, and we also met up with the author of the worldwide bestseller, Veronica Roth, and her new leading lady, Shailene Woodley. Spoilers ahead!

The footage, unfortunately, didn’t feel like anything we hadn’t seen before. The previously released trailer was shown as well as a new featurette with choice commentary from Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney and Maggie Q. We were also shown a longer scene that had been cut down into a shorter clip, and this was the most intriguing, taking us a little further into Tris’s world.

The initiation ceremony into the Dauntless faction begins with the new members having to jump off of a moving train. They they have to leap from rooftop down into a dark unknown. It’s down in the dark that Tris first meets Four, the instructor for the new faction transfers, and of course, her soon-to-be love interest.

This scene is action-heavy, and has the same grey undertones of the outer districts that we saw in The Hunger Games, continuing the main comparison. As Tris and Four bond, and alliances and enemies are forged, director Neil Burger reveals two leads with great chemistry – something that was clearly important for the production as they went through months of testing before picking James.
Strong female leads are something that we’re seeing more and more of out of Hollywood blockbusters, but this is a first for Woodley, who broke out in George Clooney’s The Descendants.

Here comes the interviews with Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Veronica Roth:

When we spoke to Woodley, she told us that the reason she picked Divergent over the other franchise scripts she received was because there were so many metaphors for today’s society in the novel. “I thought that was so fascinating, and the emotions that a book like that could create. It was set in the future and it was a completely different world than what we’re used to.”

Roth, who recently released Allegiant, the third and final book in the trilogy after Divergent andInsurgent, said it’s been hard “letting her baby out there to be judged.” The ending to Allegiant has been widely discussed online with hugely varied responses to the shocking, and unexpected, finale.
“It’s been mixed but it was always going to be”, says Roth.

Shailene Woodley shares her thoughts of the ending of Allegiant:

Woodley added that although she hadn’t yet finished the second novel, she has asked to be told how the third book would end – “I think it’s awesome, and the coolest decision that’s ever happened in the young adult novel world. I’m such a fan!”


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Lionsgate Supports ‘Allegiant’ Ending: Says it Won’t Hurt Divergent Box Office Sales!

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There has been lots of controversy about the ending of Allegiant. I won’t say exactly what happens for the sake of those that haven’t read the book yet. But fans were in an uproar because of the way that Allegiant ended. Thanks The Wrap

Lionsgate CEO released a statement about the Divergent films:

“A little controversy in terms of publicity never hurts,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during a conference call with analysts on Friday.

I have to say that I agree. I believe that these Divergent films will do great. Not only do the books have a huge following, but the movie has been generating brand new fans. Those fans plus the fans that have been following these books since the beginning will definitely go out and watch the movie. In my opinion Divergent will be close to The Hunger Games if not better.