The recent news that Divergent will NOT be returning to the big screen has rocked the fandom. There are plans for a TV version of Ascendant, and then a spin-off television series, but it won’t be the same. From the sounds of it, Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller & co. will not be signing on for the project, so we’re skeptical, to say the least.
Then again, maybe it’s all for the best, considering the cast’s cringe-worthy (and/or d*uchey) comments in past interviews. *mind immediately lands on Ansel’s vom-inducing ELLE magazine interview* Think about it, then you’ll have less chances to read remarks like these:
5. “I was thinking about that today, how I probably think I’m better-looking than the public thinks I am.”—Miles Teller, Esquire
Modesty was never his strong suit.
4. “I loved going to [my dad’s] studio. I’d disappear into his darkroom for, like, an hour, looking for all the boobs I could find.”—Ansel Elgort on his famous photographer father’s nude snapshots of models, ELLE
Not at all perverted.
3. “No because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance. With myself, I’m very in touch with my masculine side. And I’m 50 percent feminine and 50 percent masculine, same as I think a lot of us are. And I think that is important to note. And also I think that if men went down and women rose to power, that wouldn’t work either. We have to have a fine balance.”
“My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism. I don’t know how we as women expect men to respect us because we don’t even seem to respect each other. There’s so much jealousy, so much comparison and envy. And, ‘This girl did this to me and that girl did that to me.’ And it’s just so silly and heartbreaking in a way.”—Shailene Woodley on why she doesn’t consider herself a feminist, TIME
Uhh, fairly certain Shai doesn’t know the meaning of feminism, which literally means “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic EQUALITY to men.”
2. In the words of the editor of the same Esquire piece mentioned above, “You’ve just told [Miles], by way of making conversation that, according to legend, the champagne coupe in your hand is shaped like Marie Antoinette‘s left breast, and he tells you the highball glass is modeled after his c*ck. Then he tells the waitress the same thing.”
1. “LaGuardia [High School] is a wonderful, wonderful place. If you’re like me and you love dancers, you just have to walk up to the eighth floor and you can get one.”—Ansel Elgort, ELLE
As if the young women were simply items to be bought at the mall.
*BONUS* “[Leonardo DiCaprio‘s] probably the world’s most beautiful-looking man, yet he doesn’t think that he’s gorgeous. And to me, he’s just smelly, farty Leo.”—Kate Winslet, Vanity Fair
HOW DARE SHE?!
Love Divergent? Here are 12 other YA books you should add to your reading list:
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
In this new series, being branded as Flawed is a lot like being labeled as Divergent, because, like Tris, 17-year-old Celestine is a fearless young heroine who dares to be different and eventually gets punished for it. In a society that thrives on obedience and conformity, Celestine struggles to understand what it really means to be morally and ethically perfect.
For years, she's been brainwashed into thinking that the Guild and their laws are perfect, but one day, a disturbing event causes her to question everything she's been taught about perfectoin. She begins to realize that, by society’s definition, she might actually be Flawed.
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Firstlife by Gena Showalter
In a world where real life only begins after death, 17-year-old Tenley Lockwood is imprisoned in a Prynne Asylum because she refuses to let her parents choose where she'll live after she dies. But in Everlife, the two powerful realms are desperate to recruit Tenley and claim her soul.
Caught in the middle of this war, she goes on the run, but she has no idea who she can really trust. Even worse, she falls for someone and worries that she won't end up in the same realm as he does after she dies. All she can do is try to stay alive so she can make the best decision.
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Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr
Since Lilywhite Abernathy was born, there has been a huge war going on between humanity and fae. It all began when the Queen of Blood and Rage's heir died at the hands of reckless humans, so to make the humans pay, fae are sent to infiltrate the human world and destroy them from the inside.
Lily, who is the daughter of a powerful crime boss, is actually part faery and part human, but this is a crime. Though her father goes to great lengths to protect her from the repercussions, she is eventually recruited to join the Black Diamonds, which is a fae sleeper cell that's planted in the human world and meant to destroy them. However, Lily finds herself torn because of her mixed ancestry.
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow knows that she is different. Though she has Red blood, or the blood of common people, she also has the Silver ability to control lightning. This makes her a threat, and the royal court will stop at nothing to try and control her.
However, when she runs away, she's surprised to learn that she isn't the only one with Red blood and Silver abilities. So while she's on the run from the evil King Maven, Mare makes it her mission to recruit as many Red-and-Silver fighters to join her army and start a rebellion.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Two teenagers in Imperial Russia have to compete to become the Tsar's Imperial Enchanter. There's Nikolai Karimov, who can make walls transparent and conjure things out of thin air, and then there's Vika Andreyeva, who can control the weather and turn things to gold.
Since the Ottoman Empire is posing a major threat to Russia, the king must choose one powerful enchanter to help him defeat his opponents. So to make his decision, the king initiates Crown‘s Game, where both enchanters must prove that their magical gifts can save the country. However, only one person can come out of the battle alive. And to make things even more complicated, both enchanters start to fall for each other. Desperate for their lives, Nikolai and Vika must find a way to survive this duel.
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On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
A huge comet is expected to hit the earth soon, and all Denise wants to do is get her family to safety before it comes. However, that proves to be difficult because her sister is missing and her mother is a total drug-addict. It doesn't seem like they'll be able to reach the shelter in time.
But at the very last minute, Denise encounters a generation ship that will colonize new worlds after the blast. But there's just one catch: All of the passengers must have a special skill that they can contribute, and Denise, being autistic, fears that she doesn't even stand a chance. Before the comet hits, Denise must decide if she should fight to save her own life and earn on spot on that ship, even though the rest of the human race (including her family) is at stake.
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The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M. O'Brien
The Vault of Dreamers series follows art student Rosie Sinclair, who attends the most prestigious arts school in the country. To ensure the school's continued success, each student's life is recorded and televised as part of the Forge Show, and to enhance their creativity, each student has to take sleeping pills to get 12 hours of rest.
Rosie, however, skips her sleeping pills one day and realizes that something isn't quite right about Forge. This lands her into a bit of trouble, because in the second book her sleeping body ends up being held captive by doctors who control her dreams.
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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Lucie Manette lives in a city that's divided into two parts: The Light, where people enjoy riches and luxury, and the Dark, where people are in poverty. Though Lucie is born into the Dark side, she earns herself a spot in the Light with her rich and popular boyfriend. However, Lucie soon learns a dangerous secret about him, and it puts both of their lives at stake.
Her knowledge of this secret causes her to make a big mistake, and to make matters even worse, a revolution starts to break out on both halves of the city. Lucie must find a way to save herself and the guy she loves.
Photo: Clarion Books
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Two young witches, Safiya and Iseult, leave their home after getting into some trouble with their Guildmaster. Safi is a Truthwitch with the ability to tell if someone is lying, but because her gift is so rare and could land her in trouble, she's forced to hide it. Meanwhile, Iseult has special powers of her own, but it's hidden and unknown.
When war breaks out in the Witchlands, the two have to team up with their new ally, Prince Merik, to maintain their freedom and save their home.
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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Emma Carstairs happens to be the best Shadowhunters in her generation. Along with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of LA to ensure that the vampires and faeries don't start any trouble.
But when she discovers the bodies of murdered humans and faeries, she believes that it's somehow connected to her own parents' deaths. Eager to get her revenge and find out who killed her parents, she and Julian agree to an uneasy alliance. But when they begin to solve the murders. Emma uncovers more secrets and realizes that Julian has been hiding something from her.
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Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
This is actually the final book in the Reckoners trilogy, so you might want to check out the first two books before picking this one up. But in the series, David and the Reckoners are struggling to defeat the Epics, which are a group of evil supernatural beings who want to overthrow the humans. Ever since the Epics first appeared, David has been determined to avenge his father’s death, but now, there’s a lot more at stake.
One of the Reckoners, who also happens their leader, gains Epic powers and eventually embraces his destiny to become one. But David believes that he can same him, and in order to do that, he must go against the most powerful High Epic and defeat him.
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The Mage Awakening by Erin Mcgowan
Katrina always knew that there was something different about her. She couldn't quite figure it out, but it made her feel abnormal and alone. It didn't help that her situation at home just kept get worse, so eventually she decided to run away.
After she leaves, she soon discovers a community of people who are actually different, just like her. They call themselves faeries and they live in a realm of magic, so she decides to join them. However, mysterious accidents start happening to the faeries at her school. No one knows why. but Katrina suspects that they're not just accidents.
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