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Veronica Roth had an “impromtu Q&A” session earlier today on her tumblr after taking a break from her ask box to finish writing Allegiant! Today she answered a couple of fan questions including what character she tried to kill in the Divergent books and what her plans after Allegiant are looking to be. Check them out below:

lameesabdulhakeem asked: i’m lamees from Saudi Arabia and i’m a huge fan of your books,my question is was there any character that you thought of killing in the first and second book but didn’t??

Thanks! And yes— I tried SO HARD to kill Marcus in the second book, over and over again, but the man just continued to live! It was very frustrating. But in retrospect, I think it was for the best.

averycoolgal asked: Do you have any plans for after allegiant? Loved all the books!

This is a common question I’m getting, so I’ll publish my answer publicly and consider it answered: first of all, thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂

RE: your question, I may be done with Allegiant, but I’m not done with the short stories, so that’s what I’m working on in the short term. In the long term, I’ll be taking a little break, watching this movie stuff unfold, and generally letting my life get a little quieter for awhile.

However, I do love to write, and I don’t intend to stop. I do have a bunch of ideas for what to do next, but I never share that kind of thing before it’s finished because I wouldn’t want people to get attached to an idea that doesn’t actually end up working for me. So, I don’t know what will be next for me, or when!

crescentstarlight asked: Would you rather fight a horse sized duck or a hundred duck sized horses?

Horse sized duck! I am easily intimidated by large swarms of things. And one foe is always easier to face than hundreds, I think— just one good hit and you’re done. Although the idea of a horse sized duck is pretty horrifying. Thanks for putting THAT in my brain.

iamifollow asked: Does a YA female protagonist *have* to be strong? Sometimes I really want to write about weakness, and then I get scared because I feel like people will look at it from this bigger perspective and see it as an “all female characters are weak and feeble, what a setback for feminism, Bella Swan eat your heart out” type thing. Is there room for true weakness in female characters anymore? Or is anything less than the strength of characters like Tris Prior or Katniss Everdeen simply “wrong”?

This is a really great question. I just read an interesting article about it, actually, here:http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/08/i-hate-strong-female-characters

I also really love this post by Phoebe North about celebrating the complicated girl:http://www.yahighway.com/2012/03/celebrating-complicated-girl.html

I think we have fairly narrow definitions of “strength” that should be challenged and expanded (Tris sometimes challenges them, but often doesn’t, because it just wasn’t something I was concerned about while developing her, though it is now). I also think that it’s important to have complex, flawed female characters who don’t fit into those definitions of strength at all. I don’t think a character has to be “strong” (whatever that means) to be likable, or that a character has to be likable to be worth reading about (my friend Stephanie Kuehn discusses this in a wonderful way here), and we need all sorts in YA. In my opinion, the big setback for feminism wouldn’t be writing a particular kind of character; it would be deciding that all female characters need to fit a narrow (often flat) definition in order to be worthy of our attention, and only representing those women.

Thanks Veronica for being such an awesome author and taking your time to answer some fan questions! Did yours get answered?