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May 2014
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gloryandus:

The Oscar-winning actress and children’s author Octavia Spencer was cast in the Divergent movie series as Johanna Reyes, and fans flocked to Twitter to be awkwardly “not racist” about it.

Despite many people apparently picturing Johanna Reyes as petite and white, she is not actually assigned a race or many strict physical features in the books. She is simply described as being middle aged, having dark hair, and bearing a prominent scar down her face. Her name suggests she is Spanish or Latina, but there is no one skin tone for Latinas. I don’t know Octavia Spencer’s racial background, but black Latinas do exist.

This is not the first time fans have reacted negatively to racially ambiguous book characters being cast as people of color in movie adaptations. (Not to mention reacting negatively upon the stark realization that they were people of color all along, à la The Hunger Games’ Rue.) This is a sad reminder that white is considered the default.

March 2014
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cresswells:

ugh I keep seeing articles on Divergent being congratulated for supporting consent and depicting a healthy YA relationship on my dash

I mean, that’s GREAT if that’s the direction the film’s gone in, but fourtris is really icky sometimes and you can’t write an article on sex and consent in Divergent without mentioning the bad stuff too like tobias’ violence, “i want to push you until you break”, that horrible towel scene and the so-vague-it’s-difficult-to-tell-whether-or-not-it-actually-happened sex scene in Allegiant. If those parts have been cut out of the movie GOOD. But still, Divergent as a whole is not the best example of sex positivity or consensual, healthy relationships and I think non-readers should be aware of that, or they might be in for a nasty surprise if they do decide to pick up the books.

March 2014
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smartpopbooks:

From Dan Krokos' essay “Bureau Versus Rebels: Which Is Worse?” in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy
Learn more and get a free excerpt at www.smartpopbooks.com/divergent

smartpopbooks:

From Dan Krokos' essay “Bureau Versus Rebels: Which Is Worse?” in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy

Learn more and get a free excerpt at www.smartpopbooks.com/divergent

February 2014
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risarodil:

Sharing the icons I did for Divergent Thinking because the books arrived well in the mail today! Huge thanks to all the lovely people from Smart Pop for the opportunity and to V for making this possible! :)

All the details of the book can be found here

Yay!  I am so, so glad that you wanted to come in on the project, because you made the book so beautiful! :)  I’m very excited to be sharing this happy accomplishment with you! <3

February 2014
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smartpopbooks:

From V Arrow's essay “Mapping Divergent's Chicago” in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy
Learn more and get a free excerpt at www.smartpopbooks.com/divergent

smartpopbooks:

From V Arrow's essay “Mapping Divergent's Chicago” in Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy

Learn more and get a free excerpt at www.smartpopbooks.com/divergent

December 2013
16

mazesprinter asked

Hey, V. As a (sorta) chicagoan, I wanted to ask where you ended up putting the Dauntless headquarters. Since you said out of the city, my kneejerk reaction was that it was near the Museum of Science and Industry (far south. Not close to the Loop at all.) because in that dystopian future, they could easily repurpose that building for a headquarters. I've been there numerous times, and there's many parts of that building similar to what Tris describes.

My initial guess was the Museum of Science and Industry, too!  Or at least somewhere in the Museum Campus — I also considered the Shedd, because I felt like one of the deeper aquariums or the dolphin show arena might be the Pit?  However, when I started mapping out the directions according to the text of the books, the Museum Campus didn’t work for Dauntless. :(  There are no train lines that run anywhere near it, for one thing!

For where I did end up placing it — you’ll have to buy Divergent Thinking and see for yourself. ;)  The map is, unfortunately, not as fancily illustrated as the Panem map in The Panem Companion, BUT it does have GORGEOUS Faction keys drawn by the awesome risarodil!

December 2013
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smartpopbooks:

Announcing a brand-new title from Smart Pop Books: Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy, coming March 2014.
Learn more about the book, and sign up to receive email updates (including a free PDF excerpt closer to the book’s publication date), here.

I have an essay in this book!  Why was Chicago the Bureau&#8217;s most successful experiment?  How was it already primed for Faction life?  And where are the headquarters of the Factions that formed? 
Plus, risarodil did some art for a new (interpretive, unofficial) map of Divergent&#8217;s Chicago&#8230;

smartpopbooks:

Announcing a brand-new title from Smart Pop Books: Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy, coming March 2014.

Learn more about the book, and sign up to receive email updates (including a free PDF excerpt closer to the book’s publication date), here.

I have an essay in this book!  Why was Chicago the Bureau’s most successful experiment?  How was it already primed for Faction life?  And where are the headquarters of the Factions that formed? 

Plus, risarodil did some art for a new (interpretive, unofficial) map of Divergent’s Chicago…

December 2013
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isabelculpeper:

divergent meme

3 factions → dauntless [1/3]

November 2013
12

daywings asked

V, I can't remember if it was you or another blogger who brought this up, so bear with me. If I recall correctly, there was some controversy surrounding Peter's assault of Tris in the first novel, with some arguing that it was wrong for it to be used as a plot device, without adding anything valid to the story. Now, I haven't read the remaining two books, but would you say this resolves itself/becomes less problematic or is addressed at any other point in the series?

That was me, yeah. And I don’t think that it was significantly addressed as a thread in the rest of the series — I can tell that Roth made some (solid and earnest) attempts, though, in Insurgent, and her blog post about realizing that it was, in fact, problematic went a long way to show that she was listening and learning from her audience and her error.  The fact that she handled the criticism with grace was really impressive to me, since I’ve kind of gotten used to authors (and celebs in general, and people in general) not handling it well when their work is shown to be problematic (with actual evidence that makes sense and comes from the text/actions!).  I think she kind of “lost the plot” again in terms of making sure that it was used not as a plot device, but as a part of the actual building of Tris’ story and character, in Allegiant, but since I’ve never written a trilogy, I’m actually going to give her the benefit of the doubt and just say, “writing a trilogy is probably really hard and making that an element of Tris’ interactions with other characters would have been hard to integrate in with the rest of Allegiant’s plot.”  THAT is how much her blog about recognizing the issue impressed me.

#divergent   #daywings   #v answers   #**   
November 2013
12

Anonymous asked

did you like the divergent series? I'm reading allegiant right now and I love it!

Haha, well, I wrote one of the essays in this book, so you tell me! ^_^

November 2013
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the erudite leader.

the erudite leader.

November 2013
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Where is Dauntless HQ?

aimmyarrowshigh:

Okay, so as some of you saw in my tiny announcement two weeks ago, I’m working with Smart Pop Books on their upcoming anthology Divergent Thinking.  Since I like making fictional dystopian maps, that’s what my essay about the Divergent series is about, too…

And I can find all of the Faction HQs concretely EXCEPT DAUNTLESS.  Obviously, that’s an important one!  The identifying information for the building conflicts with itself in several places/ways and from book to book, so I’m having trouble. I’ve asked Urban Spelunkers.  I’ve looked up ten years of historical CTA maps. I went up and down streets using Google Earth, following El lines.

But I haven’t asked really really big Divergent fans where THEY think it is.  So, guys: where do you think it is?

(It almost certainly isn’t the Thompson Center.  Tris states in Divergent that the Dauntless HQ is “far away from the heart of the city,” which rules out the-fandom.net’s popular pick, argh!  If you’re married to the Thompson Center theory, please share why!)

October 2013
30

Where is Dauntless HQ?

Okay, so as some of you saw in my tiny announcement two weeks ago, I’m working with Smart Pop Books on their upcoming anthology Divergent Thinking.  Since I like making fictional dystopian maps, that’s what my essay about the Divergent series is about, too…

And I can find all of the Faction HQs concretely EXCEPT DAUNTLESS.  Obviously, that’s an important one!  The identifying information for the building conflicts with itself in several places/ways and from book to book, so I’m having trouble. I’ve asked Urban Spelunkers.  I’ve looked up ten years of historical CTA maps. I went up and down streets using Google Earth, following El lines.

But I haven’t asked really really big Divergent fans where THEY think it is.  So, guys: where do you think it is?

(It almost certainly isn’t the Thompson Center.  Tris states in Divergent that the Dauntless HQ is “far away from the heart of the city,” which rules out the-fandom.net’s popular pick, argh!  If you’re married to the Thompson Center theory, please share why!)

October 2013
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Divergent things The Factions. (x)