We are going to make a very bold and controversial statement: we loved Divergent, Veronica Roth‘s dystopian adventure/romance YA novel, more than The Hunger Games. Before you freak out and stab us with a Mockingjay pin, hear us out. This book is good. Yes, it’s that good — so good that Summit (the studio behind Twilight) picked up the rights to the film before the book was even released. Evan Daughtery, who penned the Kristen Stewart-helmed Snow White and the Huntsman, is writing the screenplay. Have we piqued your interest yet?
Here’s the official description from the publisher: “In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.”
Did we mention there’s romance? Oh, the romance! Not to mention action, suspense and intrigue — with a tough and tender heroine at the heart of it all. And here’s a fun fact to make you feel like a slacker: author Veronica Roth wrote the entire story during her senior year at Northwestern. Yes, in college. She’s 22 years old.
From the second we opened Divergent we’ve been casting the movie in our heads. Tris (Beatrice) is blond and often comments on how she is unconventional looking and not pretty, though we have a hard time believing her. Four, her love interest, is slender and tall, with dark hair. Our picks are Saorise Ronan and Elle Fanning as Tris and Max Irons or Nick Hoult as Four (though Henry Hopper is a close third). Our pals over at Divergentish.com offered up their faves: they like Saorise and Elle too, as well as Hailee Steinfeld, Penn Badgley and Douglas Booth. All can be found in our poll and gallery below, as well as some other stars we think could pull of the roles. Who do you want to see? Vote and tell us in the comments and on Twitter – @thefablife and @katespencer. We are always up for a heated YA debate in 140 characters!