Our favorite Author, The LOVELY Veronica Roth is turning 25 today! Our favorite Divergent fansites put together a little surprise for Veronica’s special day!
I love that Veronica Roth has a tumblr and communicates through it so openly.
I love the idea of “SHENANIGANS” and this is a must read from her tumblr:
So, every so often an Allegiant “spoiler” will pop up on Tumblr or on Twitter and I get a lot of frantic questions about it. It’s kind of tough to answer those questions, and here’s why:
Reader: “Is it true you said Tobias doesn’t die in the third book? I saw it on Tumblr!”
Me: “It is not true that I said that. I never said anything about who dies or who doesn’t die.”
Reader: “Ahh! This must mean that he DOES die!”
Me: “No, it doesn’t!”
Reader: “So you’re saying he doesn’t?! I am so relieved!”
Me: “I am not saying that either! All I’m saying is that I didn’t say that thing that Tumblr said I said.”
Reader: “Wait, what?”
And so on.
I love that so many people are so concerned about what happens in book 3, because it means that you care, and that is awesome. I am lucky to have readers who want to throttle me for answers, really. I’m just trying to find a way to clarify things without alarming anyone with the pesky limitations of the English language, so here are the things I have actually said about Allegiant:
-It contains both Tris and Tobias’s POVs (points of view), alternating by chapter. (More on that here.)
-It is slightly longer than Divergent and Insurgent
-In it, you will find out what’s outside the fence
…and I’m pretty sure that’s it? And honestly, it’s pretty much all I will say before it comes out, because I want everyone to have a clean slate when they crack it open. Or as clean a slate as possible.
I feel like we need a word for “I did not say [insertspoilerhere] but I’m not saying it’s not true and I’m not saying it is true, I’m just saying that I didn’t say it.”
Maybe it can be…shenanigans?
Reader: “Veronica, did you say THIS?”
Reader: “Ah, that clears it up.”
I’m going with it.
In other news, I am REALLY enjoying reading some of your theories about what’s going to happen. We will see if you are right…on October 22nd.
Or whenever you get around to reading it. It’s cool. 68 days left!
I love her… and now we know… don’t believe every rumour you hear… there are often SHENANIGANS!!!
One of the big announcements from SDCC this weekend was Veronica Roth stating Allegiant will be written 2 POV. Of course we are all excited to get MORE FOUR and now we can find out how she came to that decision. Here is what she posted this week on her Tumblr page.
“In case you haven’t heard already, I confirmed on Thursday that Allegiant will be written from two POVs (points of view), Tris and Four’s. This is obviously a departure from how I chose to write the first two books, which has a lot of people excited (yay!) and some concerned, so I thought I would say a little more about it here.
So: why two POVs? Well, I tried repeatedly to write Allegiant in just Tris’s voice, but it didn’t work; her perspective, her way of seeing things, was a little too limited for the story I needed to tell. I wanted to do two things with it: A. let two characters experience different things, and B. let them react differently to the same things, so that I (and eventually, the reader) would get a better sense of the whole story, the whole picture.
I’ve said before that I’ve always seen Four (increasingly, as the series goes on) as a plot-mover alongside Tris, so he was the obvious choice for the second POV (though not the only one I tried). Exploring him and his choices and his assumptions about the world was incredibly interesting to me.
It was a big challenge, it took me a really long time, and I did my very best with it. I feel confident about the way it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it! On October 22nd! AHH!”
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VIA Veronica’s Roth’s Official Tumblr Page:
So, I announced the other day that there will be four short stories written from Four’s perspective coming out later this year, yay! And I got some questions about them that I’d like to answer here.
First, here is an article on Publisher’s Weekly about the short story collection in which I give more juicy details: here.
And now, your questions:
Q: What are the official titles?
Q: When do they take place?
I talk about this a little bit in the interview linked above, but I’ll say it again here: these stories mostly address Tobias’s backstory and some mysterious things happening in his world before Tris joins Dauntless. There will be some overlap with Divergent’s timeline, though.
Q: Are these only e-books?
I addressed concerns about what to do if you don’t have an e-reader here. The stories will be released individually as e-shorts and then in a collection with Free Four in paperback in February (in the US, at least— not sure how that will work outside the US because it’s up to each publisher). So how you choose to read them kind of depends on how long you want to wait!
More info on the collection: Four: A Short Story Collection
Q: Will the stories be available internationally?
I hope so! We’re working on getting them licensed to as many countries as possible.
Q: Wait, are these novellas? Books? Or just stories?
I would describe them as meaty short stories. They will each be approximately 10,000 words long. (For reference, Divergent is 105,000 words long.)
I think that is all. Thank you all for your enthusiasm about these, I can’t wait for you to read them.