Hey, guys! Welcome to our first Why Is That So Popular?! post!
I'll be filling in for Emily Rachelle on this one and I want to talk about a subject that is near and dear to my heart! :D
The Divergent Trilogy!
I LOVE Divergent. It is an amazing trilogy and I could rave about it for hours. But (Yes, there's always a but somewhere)...
However, I'm not here to tell you why you should go to the bookstore right away and buy the first two books and read them before book three comes out.
This series (WITSP) is meant to discuss popular MG, YA, and even A fiction. (For those of you who don't know, MG = Middle Grade; YA = Young Adult; and A = Adult) and to analyze the pros and cons of said popular fiction. Twilight, Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, and Harry Potter not excluded. *hint hint*
Okay, first let's talk about why Divergent is so great!
Pros: Contains strong protagonist who is not afraid to make her own decisions; contains romance (of course!) but without the love triangle; is action-packed and intriguing from the beginning; the world-building is not shallow; is in the first person present tense; shows what it means to be brave (dauntless), selfless, smart, and kind; the characters are not invincible.
Cons: The world split into "factions" is somewhat repetitive of The Hunger Games' "districts"; is written in first-person present tense which is somewhat cliche for the genre; contains mild-to-strong violence; to some, the character of TRIS might have been a little bit shallow, like Twilight's BELLA - I did not see it, however; people die... lots of people.
The writing quality is very professional and the writing style is easy to adjust to if you've already read The Hunger Games.
Now, why is Divergent so popular? Perhaps it is because TRIS portrays someone who is dauntless despite the horrors that surround her. Perhaps it's because young girls feel they can look up to her as a role model because even when people around her continue to die, she remains strong. Perhaps it's because, if she has only 6 fears, that she is flawed. She hurts, she loves, she can be selfish, she can cry, she fears... she isn't perfect... she's Divergent.
Why do YOU think Divergent is so popular? What makes it worthy of being a NYT Bestseller? Comment your thoughts below! We love hearing from you, our readers!