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Today is a big day in the Divergent fandom as ALLEGIANT, the third book of the series, has been released! Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, was featured in a 4 page article on the Chicago Tribune. It looks like as the series develops, the more attention Divergent and Veronica are getting. Check out an excerpt of the article below where even John Green (author of The Fault in Our Stars) comments on Veronica;s success:

A week before “Allegiant” was released, pre-orders alone put it at No. 3 on Amazon’s best-seller list; a few days before it was released, it was No. 1, the most pre-ordered title ever at HarperCollins, adult or young adult. Then there’s “Divergent” and “Insurgent,” which together have sold 5 million copies and been firmly entrenched at the top of the New York Times’ young-adult best-seller list for months. And, of course — because it wouldn’t be a successful young-adult series without a Hollywood movie attached — “Divergent,” the first of a planned series of adaptations starring It Girl Shailene Woodley, wrapped production in July. The film, which shot around Chicago in the spring and summer, opens March 20, 2014.

All of which, relatively speaking, makes 4,500 books to sign a drop in a pop-culture ocean.

And yet, at the heart of this phenomenon is a person who is only 25 (she sold her first book to HarperCollins at 21), who has persistent anxiety issues, who is dealing with rabid admirers, who is figuring out where the line is between personal and public life and who, she said, still feels she’s leaning to write.

John Green, himself a wildly successful young-adult author (and resident of Indianapolis), has been Roth’s frequent sparring partner on the Times best-seller list — his blockbuster novel, “The Fault in Our Stars,” is even becoming a movie starring Shailene Woodley. On the phone from Amsterdam, where that film is currently in production, Green said: “I think Veronica is handling herself as well as she can, considering everything. At 25, I couldn’t remember to pay rent. And the truth is, no one tells you that this kind of success will be intimidating. But it is. It’s a massive amount of pressure, and not just from fans, but from people whose jobs are on the line because of what you write. There is pressure from publishers to grow the YA space, which has been one of the few bright spots in the publishing world for the past decade. You start to realize you could disappoint millions of people — you could not understand what it feels like until you experience it.”

Last April, Roth and her husband, Chicago photographer Nelson Fitch — with her agent, Joanna Volpe, in tow — were gassing their 1994 Mercedes on the way to the West Side set of “Divergent” when Roth became very anxious. The film rights sold in 2010, soon after the book rights, and Roth didn’t want anything to do with the creative end of the film, not the screenplay and not the casting. She said she’s a writer, not a filmmaker. And yet, here was a film based on writing she did at Northwestern. Still, brand-wise, it doesn’t always matter if the author had anything to do with adapting the material — failure and success reflect equally. She should at least visit the set.

When she arrived, there was a director’s chair with her name on it. As she looked across the set — a giant fighting arena with white squares on the floor matched by white overhead lights — she became misty-eyed.

“It’s like walking into my brain,” she marveled.

Theo James — the actor playing Four, the love interest to Woodley’s Tris, the series’ brave, questioning heroine — burst past them, dressed in full costume. Roth and Volpe looked at each other: He’s totally Four.

Read the rest of the article here!