He pressed his forehead to hers, shutting his long-lashed eyes… “I don’t mean it. Stay with me forever, forever, unti you die, and then, still, I will keep your bones and clutch them to my breast.” … His fear wrote itself on every familiar angle of his face. … “I can never be an Ivan. I can never roll up with you in the sun like a mindless golden pup. I am too old for it, for warmth and simplicity. I burn, I freeze; I am never warm. I am rigid; I forgot softness because it did not serve me.”
[The book covers for Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, the author’s name and the title below an elemental circle: a ring of fire for Divergent, a tree for Insurgent, and a wave for Allegiant.]
Today we’re celebrating the Divergent fandom, a young adult book series about a young woman, Beatrice “Tris” Prior, in a post-apocalyptic Chicago separated by five personality-trait-based factions.
The Divergent series was written by Veronica Roth, and is a trilogy consisting of the books: Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. The series has been compared to contemporary counterparts like The Hunger Games and the Matched series, and it explores some similar post-apocalyptic and dystopian themes. The first book was recently adapted into a live-action movie, released on March 18th of this year. Roth has a short fiction collection set in the Divergent universe due out in July of this year titled, Four: A Divergent Collection.
You can help us celebrate the Divergent fandom this month by posting all fanworks old and new at AO3. Help expand the Fanlore page by sharing your Divergent fandom stories! You can also share your works and recs with other fans in our April Showers collection.
(In honor of our April Showers festivities, we’re spending this April highlighting one fandom for each day in April. Help us celebrate by keeping an eye on our social media sites: AO3 Twitter, AO3 Tumblr, and Fanlore Twitter.)
“Perhaps it is the greatest grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
Here’s a random question for people that I promise I have a reason for. Is anyone on my flist familiar with the No. 6 novel series Atsuko Asano? The novels, specifically.
What would I have been if I had never seen the birds? I am no one; I am nothing. I am a blank paper on which you and your magic wrote a girl. Just the kind of girl you wanted, all hungry and hurt and needing. A machine for loving you. Nothing in me was not made by you.
Literary nerd art <3
Favourite Series: The Old Kingdom by Garth Nix
Cover Art by Leo and Diane Dillon
Levi and Cath. <3
YA Retellings brought to you by Epic Reads - Fairy Tale Retellings:
Beauty and the Beast: East by Edith Pattou / Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George / Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley / Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / Spirited by Nancy Holder / Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier / The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison / Stung by Bethany Wiggins / The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle / Beastly by Alex Flinn / Beauty by Robin McKinley / Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
The Little Mermaid: September Girls by Bennett Madison / Fathomless by Jackson Pearce / Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama / Midnight Pearls by Cameron Dokey / Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon
Cinderella: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine / Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George / Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas / If I have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor / Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge / Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott / Cinder by Marissa Meyer / Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey / Ash by Malinda Lo
Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse As Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce / Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli / The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn
The Frog Prince: Cloaked by Alex Flinn / Enchanted by Alethea Kontis / The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley / Water Song by Suzanne Weyn
The Snow Queen: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce / Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey / Stork by Wendy Delsol
Little Red Riding Hood: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright / Scarlet by Marissa Meyer / The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly / Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce / Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié / Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Twelve Dancing Princesses: Entwined by Heather Dixon / The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun / The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn / Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George / Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier
Hansel and Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce / Bewitching by Alex Flinn / Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs
Rapunzel: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth / Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett / Towering by Alex Flinn / Cress by Marissa Meyer / Golden by Cameron Dokey / Zel by Donna Jo Napoli
Snow White: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin / Snow by Tracy Lynn / The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman / The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block / The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey / Nameless by Lili St. Crow / Fairest by Gail Carson Levine / Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (*this is actually a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red”) / Devoured by Amanda Marrone
Sleeping Beauty: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn / Briar Rose by Jane Yolen / Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey / Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay / The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson / Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley / Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross / A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
I love that all of the Cameron Dokey novels are on this list because they are A+ (and the best ones in the Once Upon a Time Fairytale series). Her retellings for Sharazad and Mulan are also really good.
It does not however have Sleeping Helena by Erzebet Yellowboy, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy (which are two of my favorite retellings).
Okay, the art is great and all, but y’all need to know something. The first and last pictures are the covers to a series of novels with a transvestite protagonist. The last picture is on the second novel, The Kiss Murder by Mehmet Murat Somer. I can’t even explain… Here’s the description from the Google Store:
…A male computer technician by day and a transvestite hostess of Istanbul’s most notorious nightclub by night, the unnamed heroine of The Kiss Murder is the most charming and hilarious sleuth to debut in recent memory. When Buse, one of the girls at her club, fears someone is after private letters from a former lover, she comes to her boss for help. The next day Buse is dead and our girl must find the murderers before they find her. Fortunately, she is well armed with beauty, wit, the wardrobe of Audrey Hepburn, and expert Thai kickboxing skills…
My complete Cath cosplay
SORRY I KNOCKED YOU OVER AND STOLE YOUR T-SHIRT