Divergent #3 Gets a Title and More Veronica Roth News!

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For what feels like forever, see Divergent fans have been staring at this cover when heading to Amazon to preorder the last installment in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.

And today she announced that she had BIG news coming for tomorrow. And since its already tomorrow on the East coast (though its not quite tomorrow here in California), she released her BIG news.

The final installment finally has a title!

And the title is:

Allegiant! 

Now the official dictionary definition (according to dictionary.com anyway), this means: loyal, faithful.

I think this hints at SO much that could possibly coming in the last novel, especially with the immense cliffhanger that Veronica left us with in Insurgent.

I like it :) Its not what I expected. I think Veronica and the fandom have been joking for ages that the title would be Detergent that we kind of accepted it. It had also been hinted very heavily that the title could be Convergent. But this is what we got and I really like it. Its consistent with the previous titles but just slightly different.

Allegiant will be released on October 22nd, 2013. No word yet on when the cover will be revealed but hopefully soon!

What do you guys think?

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One more reminder: Veronica Roth will be appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this Saturday, the 20th, with Lauren Oliver at 4 pm. Tickets for her particular panel are already sold out (they were the first panel to sell out!) but you can still come and get autographs, at the session immediately after the panel (roughly around 5 pm). I will be there and I hope to see you guys there!

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Also for those who haven’t heard, Divergent has officially started filming this week in Chicago. So exciting! Pictures were taken of the cast out on the town, but no pictures yet of filming. Can’t wait to see. Divergent will hit theaters next March!

The Fault in Our Stars Casting New

Just announced today: casting for The Fault in Our Stars has officially started.

Shailene Woodley, advice known for playing the main role in The Secret Life of An American Teenager, health has just been confirmed as Hazel Grace Lancaster.

Shailene has already been cast as Tris Pryor in the film adaptation in Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel, Divergent.

She’s becoming a young adult lit super star.

I haven’t seen her in much yet but I am looking forward to seeing her in both movies.

Hopefully we have news for Augustus Waters soon!!!

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International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. I have two thoughts on this.

One of my thoughts is this: we shouldn’t have only one day a year where we recognize women. There are so many amazing women in this world, order in our present and our past. I think that we should appreciate these women every day, not just on a day like this: Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Hilary Clinton, J.K. Rowling, Oprah Winfrey. Your mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters. Yourself, if you’re a woman. There is so much we have accomplished and so much we are capable of accomplishing. And we should be aware of this every day, both men and women. Women should be aware because this is their legacy and they should believe in themselves and be proud of their gender. Men should be aware because they need to recognize women as their equals and realize how much we are capable of and realizing how much we already have done.

But it also makes me very aware of the strong female characters that I am surrounded by every single day. Hermione Granger. Ginny Weasley. Minerva McGonagall. Molly Weasley. Lily Potter. Clary Fray. Tessa Gray. Isabelle Lightwood. Lady Alanna the Lioness. Lady Keladry. Daine the Wildmage. Alianne of Pirates Swoop. Annabeth Chase. Katniss Everdeeb. Princess Leia. Susan and Lucy Pevensie. Tris Pryor. Eowyn. Arwen. Arya Stark. Catelyn Stark. Emma Swan. Buffy. Inara. Kaelie. Zoe. Rose Tyler. Martha Jones. Donna Noble. Amy Pond. Clara Oswald. Anne of Green Gables. Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Eyre. Scarlett O Hara.

I could literally go on and on and on. And I was quite tempted to do so. But I think you get my point.

The point is I am amazed and yet so happy at the amount of strong female characters that we are constantly surrounded with. The strength of all these characters, though they are all fictional, inspires us the same way that a real person does. As a reader, these characters are real to us and the amazing things they do, the obstacles they face and conquer, the decisions they make and the accomplishments they take…it makes me very proud to be a woman.

So, it’s International Women’s Day…so celebrate it. Embrace being a woman. There are so many amazing things about being a woman. This isn’t about men versus women or what sex is better. This is about equality and bringing proud of who are you and what your gender has accomplished and will accomplish. It’s a reminder that we will do what we have to do, we will fight for our rights and for that equality and we will stand up and be proud because we’ve proved ourselves, both in fiction and in life.

You know, and I’d say the same for International Men’s Day. Men should be proud as well, for the good men that are out there. For the men who have fought and accomplished and who have changed the world. For the men who recognize women as equals. Those men deserve that pride too.

So soak in the pride and remember all the amazing women that we have been privileged to have in our past and present and that we will continue into our future.

Who are some of your most inspirational women? Are they your family members, or women of our past? Are they some of the successful women of our times or fictional characters? As always, share below. :)

And you men out there, you share too :) I know you have some inspirational women in mind too!