5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.
At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?
VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.
Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?
VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.
You’ll want to keep your eyes on Hypable.com tomorrow as they will have the exclusive reveal of the cover for Divergent short story, The Transfer! As previously reported, Veronica Roth has written four short stories all from Four’s perspective, the first of which–The Transfer–will be available September 3rd.
The full Divergent Press Conference from Comic Con 2013 has been released by ClevverTV!
The press interviews are broken up into two parts. Part One features Zoe Kravitz, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ansel Elgort, Amy Newbold, Christian Madsen, Maggie Q, Ben Lamb, Mekhi Phifer and Miles Teller while Part Two features Veronica Roth, Theo James, Shailene Woodley, and Neil Burger!
Get excited! Harper Teen has announced the first of FOUR new short stories which will be told from Four’s point of view. The first one is titled “The Transfer” and will be available in eBook format on September 24th! No word on what the rest of the stories will be titled, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do! Click on the image below to visit Harper Teen’s page on the story.
Veronica Roth also posted about this big new on her blog. Here’s what she had to say:
I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO TELL YOU GUYS THIS FOR MONTHS.
Short version: there are going to be Divergent e-shorts!
Four of them!
And they will be about…drumroll, please…
(See what I did there?)
And the first one will be out on September 24th!
Long version: when my publisher approached me hoping that I would be able to write some extra Divergent content from them, I considered a few options for what I might write about, or whose perspective I might choose. Over time it became clear to me that the character I was most interested in exploring further was Four. Two reasons: first, I know his perspective is the one a lot of you are interested in reading (I get asked if I’m going to write anything else from his perspective all the time!), and hey, you’re my readers and I like to write things you want to read; second, I was excited by the idea of expanding my own understanding of him, the way I did when I rewrote the knife-throwing scene from his perspective for the Free Four e-short.
For me, Four has never just been Tris’s love interest or a way for sexual tension to enter the story. He has always been a whole person with a history that affects him (and Tris) in significant ways, and a co-mover of the plot along with Tris. These stories are helping me to delve into his character in a way I never have before, and to build up parts of the world that Tris never experienced due to her limited perspective. Interestingly enough, they also affected the content of Allegiant, giving me more to draw from—awesome, right?
These stories will be longer than Free Four (Four’s retelling of the knife-throwing scene, which was only thirteen pages), and the first one will be out on September 24th. You can learn more official info here, too. And of course, I’ll keep you informed of the other stories as information becomes available, too.