This blog post is all about Divergent, by Veronica Roth.
I read this book in January and absolutely LOVED it. Enough to write a song about it in fact:
For those of you a little lost (how did you get here?) Divergent is a young adult dystopian novel.
SUMMARY TIME WOO: Our protagonist is Beatrice Prior and she lives in a society divided into five factions, each honoring and cultivating a particular virtue – Abnegation (the selfless), Amity, (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). One day each year every 16- year old must choose which faction they will belong to for the rest of their lives, either staying in the comfort of what they know or leaving their family behind to pursue who they really are.
Here comes the part of the blog where I am going to completely nerd out. There are no spoilers below (lucky you! just my ambiguous opinions! yay!).
1. Divergent thoughts
This book is often compared to Hunger Games for 3 main reasons.
1) Dystopian Society
2) Strong female protagonist.
3)Good YA reading.
And to this I say, THESE ARE 3 OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. LET’S COMBINE THEM ALWAYS.
The Hunger Games will always hold a special place in my heart because of the characters, I adore all of them, and the way the story struck me in the chest leaving me an emotional wreck. I didn’t have as strong of an emotional connection with the characters of Divergent, but that’s OKAY. Every book has a different impact. This one completely absorbed me in it’s imagined world. It made me think about the many facets of human personality – both good and bad – and what can happen when people unite together – to do good or do evil. It made me think about the definition of bravery and how it can appear in large and small ways. I was completely absorbed in this book for the day and a half it took me to read it. I could. not. put. this. book. down.
2. Insurgent thoughts
Insurgent did not receive the heavy Kaysy love that Divergent did. I liked the thrill, the adventure, and the cliffhanger of an ending. However, what the first book had that this book lacked was good pacing. In Insurgent, too much happens too quickly which means there is not much room for anticipation and build. The character development is also lacking in this book. Since Divergent already told us a lot about Tris and Four we don’t get to discover new things about them in each chapter, which was part of the fun of the first book. I also just loved Divergent because it introduced the concept. It was part action/adventure, part mystery/suspense. Insurgent focuses heavily on the action/adventure portion which means that although it is fun, it is less of a page turner. Having said that, I still enjoyed this read and it left me full of excitement for the third book. OCTOBER 22ND KIDS.
3. Allegiant thoughts
I don’t like making guesses about what happens next in books. I prefer to just wait and see and hope for the best. Having said that, what I hope for this book is that Veronica Roth takes in the feedback of her first two to make this the ending that we all want, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Near saves. Heroic actions. Unforgettable dialogue. Romantic gestures. Tragedy. Comedy. I want it all! And I honestly believe that we will get it all. I also just want the story to come to a beautiful close. Not too happy so that I leave with with a false sense of joy, but I do really want an ending that just feels right.
4. Movie thoughts
I’m one of those people that “liked” the Divergent trilogy on Facebook so I constantly get notifications and pictures in my newsfeed that just make me squeal with anticipation. As far as I’m concerned with this movie: SO FAR SO GOOD. I don’t know if I’m a rarity or a commodity (because I haven’t talked to very many people) but I happen to think that Shailene Woodley is talented and even though I’m jealous that she gets to play my favorite teen females of recent fiction, I’m also not angry with the decision. She’s a reader herself and, from everything I’ve seen her in, she takes her roles very seriously. She will need that to play Tris (as well as Hazel dear god but don’t let me get ahead of myself pleeeease).
As far as casting goes I don’t have problems yet. I usually don’t hate on casting of movies before I see them unless 1) they’re obviously casting movie stars just to sell the dang movie (Kate Winslet is the biggest name here and she’s just talented so they’re not just using her for her name thank god) or 2) the actor is obviously completely and absolutely the wrong choice for the role (again no one). There’s quite a few unknown names here and that actually excites me. Seeing fresh faces at the movies is a wonderful thing for me.
My biggest wishes for the movie are:
1)I hope they find the right balance between spectacle and heart.
2) I hope they stay as true as possible to the original story
3) I hope they concern themselves more with the quality of the product than with the selling of the product.
There are already fans. People will come out. They don’t need to play up the violence or the romance. The story is there. It just needs to be well told.
I think I’ve been sufficiently nerdy enough. I also think I got most of my opinions out into the world.
Thank you for your weird amount of patience, kind reader. Let me know if you’ve anything to add in the comments.
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Welcome to my new blog!!
Today, I turn 20. And I wrote a little song about it called “Only One” (above). I have a story to tell you about this song but, unfortunately, it’s a bit sad. No apologies. Here we go.
When I was 7, our cat Moab disappeared. He was the sweetest little cat and never strayed too far from home so my parents assumed he had died out there. Having never had a relative or friend die, this was the first time I felt loss. When writing this song I chose small things I remember from each age of my life that are still applicable to me now, at 20. For seven I wrote: “Still wonder as if I were seven/When pets die do they go to heaven?”. Little did I know that just two weeks ago, while I was away at school, my cat, Jasper, passed. My parents told me three days ago, on Tuesday, as they drove me home from the airport (they didn’t tell me earlier because they didn’t want to distract me from my finals). I cried the rest of the way home. These lyrics that I had written about an old memory now had a fresh and painful meaning. When I first sat at my piano to record the video, I couldn’t sing that part of the song without completely breaking down.
Now that we’re done with that brief sadness let’s move on. ( the best we can)
I told that story for a couple reasons.
1. I’m starting this blog for myself. I want it to be readable and I don’t want it to be too self-indulgent but I will be talking about big events in my life. Sad and happy. So it goes.
2. When I wrote this song, I intended it to mostly be happy. Then this happened and all of a sudden I saw all the sadness in my song. I still feel the joy of youth, but I also feel the confusion and sadness. Writing can be incredible. Sometimes I won’t realize the meaning in something I’ve written until I look back on it later. Which means I need to WRITE. This blog will help me do that!
3. I’m entering my twenties with a big hole in my life. Call me silly but my cat meant everything to me and I miss her like crazy. But because this happened right before my birthday I have a larger need to attack my twenties with passion and compassion. I don’t know how well this whole blog thing will go. I don’t know if I’ll update it frequently or have profound things to say, but it’s the first new project of my twenties. I hope to fill every old hole in my life with something new and meaningful. (or at least build some mountains next to the valleys so that the scenery of my life would be an awesome tourist destination)
Thank you for reading and if I’m writing this to myself, well, I hope that this is an adventure worth having.