You can take your Hunger Games. I’ll take Divergent.
So, in this past year and a half, the theme of young adult books has left the realm of vampires, thank God, and moved onto the dystopian universe thing. The government has ended all normalcy and everyone is out to get the next. You have either the Hunger Game theme of totalitarian controlled government that has a violent Olympic battle to the death…. Quite popular amongst people that I think are a. to old to be reading it and enjoying it so much (shutup about my love of Twilight. Bella and Edward transcend all romance….) or b. too young to be reading something so violent.
Then you have the Divergent theme of government falling to war so we set up this five split set of factions where you live work and marry into. Oh, your kids can divert from that faction but they can never see you again. The system works perfectly… except for those people that have aspects of more than one faction….
What camp am I in? I choose Divergent. Now all those Hunger Game fans. STOP. I’m not dissing on your love of Katniss. Go right ahead. I view it as no different than those people that read Lord of the Rings vs. Harry Potter. (I am a strict HP fan) I think the theme of Divergent is a lot less violent. Granted, I have not read Hunger Games, nor do I plan to. But I have seen the film, and I’ve also seen Divergent. I found Divergent a lot less violent, and just more appealing. I like extraordinary people taking on the oppressive government system. I like the relationship of Tris and Four ( I am not giving away spoilers. I know some people have not read the series. I suggest you try it.)
Personally though, I am not that big a fan of dystopian themes. I mean, sure, they make great sci fi films, but eh, I could take em or leave em. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed Divergent is it’s a fairly fast, but action packed series. I like that. The same reason I really like The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. There is a lot of action.
And I honestly don’t see how these books should be for young adults as the themes in them are very adult, but that is another post I hope to talk about soon.
So, what camp are you. Comment below. I’d like to see if my idea is right. So tell me where you are.
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