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October 9, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
“Allegiant,” the last book in Veronica Roth's “Divergent” series for young adult readers, is winning the Hunger Games. Or rather, against them; the 25-year-old author's still-unreleased finale for the trilogy is outselling the “Hunger Games” finale in its first month of preorders by a factor of five to one at Amazon, the company announced this week. The dystopic YA trend shows no signs of slowing down, and Veronica Roth seems to have caught it at the right moment. Her heroine, Tris, is poised to overtake both “Twilight” star Bella Swan and “Hunger Games'" Katniss in a contest for readers' hearts.
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April 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In between some rants and caveman talk, "Divergent" trilogy author Veronica Roth explained Sunday how she came up with the female protagonist of her dystopian coming-of-age novel. Roth, 25, spoke at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with Leigh Bardugo, whose books include "Shadow and Bone" and "Siege and Storm. " Bardugo set the stage by explaining why young adult novels such as "Divergent" are such hits. "That feeling never goes away of finding somewhere to belong," she said.
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April 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
In between some rants and caveman talk, "Divergent" trilogy author Veronica Roth explained Sunday how she came up with the female protagonist of her dystopian coming-of-age novel. Roth, 25, spoke at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books with Leigh Bardugo, whose books include "Shadow and Bone" and "Siege and Storm. " Bardugo set the stage by explaining why young adult novels such as "Divergent" are such hits. "That feeling never goes away of finding somewhere to belong," she said.
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April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
In keeping with what's become standard practice for final books in young-adult series, Summit announced Friday it's splitting “Allegiant,” the third and final novel in Veronica Roth's tale of the Dauntless and the Amitys, into two films. The company will keep up the breakneck pace it's begun with the first two Shailene Woodley pictures, releasing the first of the “Allegiant” movies in March 2016 and the second in March 2017. This after “Insurgent,” the sequel to this past March's “Divergent,” comes out in March 2015.
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March 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way. So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these books are completely risk aversive. Why rock the boat and jeopardize a potentially huge franchise if you don't really have to? "Divergent" is the latest, most snug-fitting version of that trend. As directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless")
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August 26, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
For years, the book industry has been mired in debates about the plight of independent booksellers, the rise of Amazon and the fate of print as it struggles with the relentless march of technology. But doom-and-gloomers forecasting "the end of books" probably haven't strolled through the children's section lately or considered what's coming this season, from picture books through titles for teens. This fall's offerings span a wide variety of topics and suggest why children's books have turned into the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry.
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July 23, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Judging by the movies she'll be starring in this fall, actress Shailene Woodley has great taste in young adult books. She was at Comic-Con last week to talk about Summit Entertainment's upcoming adaptation "Divergent," Veronica Roth's dystopian young adult series. Woodley joined actor Theo James, director Neil Burger, and writer Veronica Roth (who wrote a diary about her experience for Hero Complex) at Hall H to screen footage and answer questions. Summit, which developed Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" saga into a record-breaking phenomenon, are clearly hoping for another, potentially "Hunger Games"-sized hit, driven by the young adult audience that has flocked to book-to-big-screen adaptations.
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November 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
"The future belongs to those who know where they belong," says Kate Winslet early in the new trailer for "Divergent", setting up its tale of conformity and its discontents. Directed by Neil Burger and based on a bestselling novel by Veronica Roth, "Divergent" aims to capitalize on the popularity of dark young-adult adaptations, with the latest installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise heading for theaters next week. The Burger movie, which stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James, has a similar date to the first "Hunger Games," heading to theaters on March 21. Set in a future in which people are officially divided into factions based on their personalities, a young woman (Woodley)
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February 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Insurgent," the sequel to the upcoming dystopian action-adventure movie "Divergent," now has a director:  Robert Schwentke will helm the second installment of the film series starring Shailene Woodley and based on the bestselling young-adult book trilogy by Veronica Roth, Summit Entertainment announced in a statement Tuesday. In "Divergent," which opens March 21, Woodley plays Beatrice "Tris" Prior,  a young warrior in a futuristic society in which citizens are divided into factions based on their personality types.
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March 15, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Brace yourselves for the ear-piercing squeals: Theo James, the British heartthrob and current star of the CBS cop drama "Golden Boy," will star in Summit Entertainment's highly anticipated adaptation of the young adult bestseller "Divergent," the studio announced Friday. The 28-year-old actor will play 18-year-old Tobias Eaton, or Four, as he is called throughout much of the dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. He will star opposite Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants")
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April 10, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Krista Bremer's cross-cultural journey began on a North Carolina jogging path, where the one-time California surfer girl met a scientist from Libya who romanced her and swept her away. Bremer, one of the authors at this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC, chronicled that experience in a memoir titled "My Accidental Jihad. " The "accident" refers to an unexpected pregnancy; "jihad" (Arabic for "effort" or "struggle") is her way of describing the "effort" of her marriage and of all marriages in general.
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March 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new dystopian thriller "Divergent" defied the recent trend of young-adult book adaptations faltering on the big screen, topping the weekend box office with an estimated $56-million opening. While that falls short of the first "Twilight" ($69.6 million) and "Hunger Games" ($152.5 million), it's still a solid number that outpaces such YA misses as "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" ($9.34 million), "Beautiful Creatures" ($7.6 million), "Vampire Academy" ($7.8 million) and "Ender's Game" ($27 million)
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March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Any talk of a curse on young-adult film franchises was put on hold this weekend with the estimated $56-million opening for “Divergent,” the first adaptation from a series of novels by Veronica Roth, while "Muppets Most Wanted" underperformed and "God's Not Dead" surprised some with a strong turnout from faith-based audiences. Directed by Neil Burger and starring Shailene Woodley, "Divergent" tells the story of a young woman fighting for freedom and survival in a dystopian society.
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March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
"Divergent," the teenage sci-fi drama starring Shailene Woodley, left the box-office competition in the dust Friday, selling an estimated $22.8 million in ticket sales on 3,936 screens for a healthy per screen average of $5,793. While "Divergent" was expected to have an impressive debut, perhaps the biggest surprise so far is the small religious movie "God's Not Dead," which is on track to be the No. 3 movie this weekend. The film, which Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment hopes will be the studio's next successful young adult franchise a la "The Hunger Games" and "Twilight," also took in $4.9 million at Thursday night showings.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new movie "Divergent" stars Shailene Woodley as a brave young woman who challenges the rigid social order of her dystopian society, in which people are categorized into factions based on their personality types. Many film reviewers, however, are saying that for a story all about daring to be different, "Divergent" hews closely to the conventions of its young-adult genre. "Divergent," like the blockbuster "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" films, is based on a popular book series, in this case by Veronica Roth.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the latest film franchise based on a bestselling young-adult book series, "Divergent" arrives in theaters Friday to the delight of die-hard fans. But for those unfamiliar with the dystopian thriller's background and mythology, all this talk of factions and their SAT-word names (what does "abnegation" mean again?) might as well be Greek. Here's a quick primer to get up to speed. The setup: "Divergent" is set in a dystopian Chicago where people are divided into factions based on their personality types: Members of the Dauntless faction are brave, for example, and serve as the warrior class, protecting the city.
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April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
In keeping with what's become standard practice for final books in young-adult series, Summit announced Friday it's splitting “Allegiant,” the third and final novel in Veronica Roth's tale of the Dauntless and the Amitys, into two films. The company will keep up the breakneck pace it's begun with the first two Shailene Woodley pictures, releasing the first of the “Allegiant” movies in March 2016 and the second in March 2017. This after “Insurgent,” the sequel to this past March's “Divergent,” comes out in March 2015.
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March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The movie may be called "Divergent," but for the cast members of the upcoming young-adult action-romance, all roads lead to "Jimmy Kimmel Live. " As the promotional beat grows louder ahead of the film's Friday opening, a different "Divergent" cast member will appear on Kimmel's couch each of the next four evenings, beginning with Jai Courtney on Monday and continuing with Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz and Tony Goldwyn in each of the next three nights....
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March 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way. So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these books are completely risk aversive. Why rock the boat and jeopardize a potentially huge franchise if you don't really have to? "Divergent" is the latest, most snug-fitting version of that trend. As directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The movie may be called "Divergent," but for the cast members of the upcoming young-adult action-romance, all roads lead to "Jimmy Kimmel Live. " As the promotional beat grows louder ahead of the film's Friday opening, a different "Divergent" cast member will appear on Kimmel's couch each of the next four evenings, beginning with Jai Courtney on Monday and continuing with Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz and Tony Goldwyn in each of the next three nights....
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