Authors On ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Grisha’

A few hours ago I decided to look into Entertainment Weekly for a news feature up this week. Successfully enough, I found an article (links below), wherein EW interviews Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Trilogy, and Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha (both of whom are quite young, pretty, successful, and only now did I find out, real life friends). And have I mentioned that Leigh looks so much like Ashley Tisdale? I don’t get it, but that’s what I see.

Source at Entertainment Weekly : Shelf Life

Truth of the matter is, this is the first time I’ve ever really experienced entertainment from Entertainment Weekly. Maybe the problem is that I don’t exactly visit their page weekly, but only now did I chance upon an article that truly fascinated me. Let me tell you more about it. (Author opinions and statements are sourced at EW articles linked below)

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Tris Prior and Alina Starkov

I agree with Leigh that Tris is a believable character. Although she falls short in the category of self confidence (for which she still needs Tobias’ guidance), I think that she’s one of the toughest heroines I’ve ever encountered, and she was really given time to develop and adjust to her new faction. I also agree that Veronica was wise in giving Tris a certain level of vulnerability, because although the mere fact that she was Divergent tells us that she was capable of what many are not, she still had flaws and, according to her landscape, not the least number of fears in the world. For the first time I began to admire her imperfections, because if truth be told, I grew exponentially annoyed by her character in Insurgent. In that way, however, she struggled, and doubted herself, and made mistakes, and she felt human.

Alina, on the other hand, was a character that Veronica appreciated through her solid sense of humor. I have to admit that I haven’t had the pleasure enough to come across numerous heroines who can make me laugh, with the exception of maybe Hazel Lancaster and her sidekick oxygen tank. I have to agree yet again that Alina was funny, although, much like Tris, she made blunders and took unwise steps that hinted at a lack of skill in decision making. In contrast to Tris however, I actually appreciated how she made errors (and learned from them), not requiring the influence of Veronica Roth’s better judgment. That being said, I think it’s safe to say that I prefer Alina’s character over Tris’s, though frankly, I am hoping Allegiant is glorious enough to change my mind.

In other news, Harry Potter producer David Heyman is eyeing Shadow and Bone as a new franchise for the big screen (I also provided you a link to my source for this one). I’d be thrilled for a movie adaptation of The Grisha, although I refuse to get my hopes too high up because my fear landscape indicates a fair distaste for bitterness and disappointment. Being the hopeless fan girl that I am however, I decided to take it upon myself to nominate Analeigh Tipton (right) for Alina’s character- she isn’t exactly pretty at first sight, although at close inspection and from a certain angle, she has an exotic sort of beauty that is so mysterious even I can’t explain it. She is a figure skater slash model turned actress, and though I didn’t exactly get her in Top Model cycle 11, I loved her in Warm Bodies, and because of her Russian features (it’s probably the pout, and the physique), I honestly think she can pull this off. Shailene Woodley (left) was cast to play Tris, as well as Hazel Lancaster in The Fault In Our Stars, opposite Ansel Elgort (center) as Gus, who also stars as Caleb Prior. Guess who stars as Jeanine Matthews, then?

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Design A

Tobias Eaton and Malyen Oretsev

Leigh explained that Mal, Sturmhond, and The Darkling were sexy to her because they were competent, which totally makes sense because I myself am attracted to guys who are talented and admirable as well as good looking (mostly in terms of athletics and brains, though). Four and Mal were a different sort of competent because they fought along side and supported Tris and Alina, and I was happy that, in contrast with many other love struck heroines, the focus wasn’t on their looks, but, as Veronica explained, on what made them tick. Who they were. And that to me, is way more important. Again, I have to give this round to Alina and Mal, because they tolerated and understood each other better, as opposed to Tris and Tobias who quarreled at the most inconvenient of times. I’m still not giving up on them though, and because I haven’t quite gotten around Siege and Storm, I’m not sure if my opinion is open for change any time soon (please tell me what to expect).

Theo James (center)was cast to play Four, and although he looks nothing like the Four in my wildest of imaginations, I’m still quite happy that they picked a talented actor like him. I don’t have anyone particular in mind to play Mal, although I will probably have to pick Colton Haynes (left), because he is practically the most beautiful man alive, and Mal has always been beautiful to me. For some reason, Ian Somerhalder (right) is the only image that’s ever popped up in reference to The Darkling, though I’m getting tired of seeing him on every single billboard along the highway.

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On What They Expect From Each Other

Leigh revealed that she was hoping for the introduction of a new faction, Torpor, which if I’m not mistaken, is a variant of hibernation. So if I’m interpreting this right, Leigh basically wants a faction that values something like sleep / laziness / slacking off /couch potating (none of which are values, really). The idea made me laugh, which is no surprise because Leigh always does. Veronica, on the other hand, wants to see more Sturmhond action (oh, you know what I mean by actiooon), and I honestly can’t blame her for wanting that.

There are a couple of other things that I didn’t touch on from the interview, because these were the discussions that grabbed my attention. However, if you’re interested in the full articles I referenced in this post, here is a link to Entertainment Weekly’s website!

And if you want to know about the cast for the movie adaptation of Divergent, this is the IMDb profile! If you have any comments, feel free to drop one!

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8 thoughts on “Authors On ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Grisha’

  1. EEEE!! Love this post SO MUCH. Both Divergent and Shadow & Bone are my favourites and it’s interesting to look at them from the author’s perspective! I found that I agree with them really well– Tris has always been labelled as a “badass heroine” but at the end of the day, it’s her flaws that relates my experience with her, while Alina is such a feisty girl and I love her snark!

    WOW, I never knew about the news of making Shadow & Bone into a movie, I’m crossing my fingers for this!! You, my friend, are awesome. Now I’m going to follow you 😉

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story

    • Wow that is AMAZING to hear from you! 🙂 I’m so glad you loved the post and you agree! And you are awesome too for following. I’ll go check your blog, thank you so much!! Still hoping for that Shadow and Bone movie 🙂

  2. I do think it’s quite fun seeing the authors talk about each other’s books! I haven’t read Shadow and Bone yet (though I have a physical copy sitting on my desk waiting to be read) so I sort of skimmed over the talk on that one. I do agree though that Tris is definitely a stronger more kick-ass female than we get in most YA novels. She may have fallen apart in Insurgent, but we all have our breaking points and I feel like it was appropriate that she had reached hers, even if I didn’t enjoy that sequel overall.

    OH, and I just watched Warm Bodies yesterday, and I kept trying to think of where I recognized her from and thanks to your post I realized it’s from America’s Next Top Model (Yes, I confess, I used to watch that show all the time. Not so much anymore.) I do agree, she has a certain mysterious beauty to her that I love. I couldn’t say if she’s good for Shadow and Bone since I haven’t read it yet, but I’ll take your word on it 😉

    • Of course it’s fun! And I’m so glad that you agree, and it’s great that I got to better understand Tris by reading that interview. And YES ME TOO! I used to watch ANTM like, all the time (haha) and I’m recommending Shadow and Bone to you- I heart that book, and based on the reviews, Siege and Storm does not disappoint 🙂

  3. I subscribe to EW and haven’t seen this article yet ( I am on vacation). This magazine is one of my favorites. Of course I am a movie/TV/Book/Video Game junkie! I just love this I love both these authors. Honestly Shadow and Bone would be an amazing movie. AMAZING!!!

    • Lucky ducky!! I am done with vacation and that saddens me deeply 😦 I love EW! And I think it’s great that you’re a junkie for a lot of stuff. I’m more of a TV/Movie/Book person, cause I suck at games HAHA! And yes I think Shadow and Bone would make an amazing movie too 😀 Thanks for stopping by this post, Angie!

  4. I have not read either books (both are on my shelf) but I’m always glad to hear authors are friends in real life. Like Cassandra Clare inviting authors on her amazing tour bus, and they got to signings together and whatnot. It’s pretty cool, really.

    And Leigh DOES look like Ashley Tisdale, I didn’t notice until you pointed it out.

    • HAHA yeah, for some reason, it makes me feel giddy inside when I hear they’re friends. Like the two worlds in their books get to meet as well. Haha! I LOVE Cassie Clare. I’ve never been to any signings or tour buses or anything, but it does sound cool. And yep, Ashley Tisdale was my first thought when I saw that particular pic. Weird, huh? 😀

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