Giving Tuesday: Sponsor a Hogwarts Professor for the Global Autism Project.

Dear Readers:

I recently had the privilege of being accepted as a Skill Corps Volunteer with the Global Autism Project for July 2020. I will be part of a team traveling to Ecuador, to work in a center for autistic children and provide training for teachers and parents.  My university’s Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement is providing a seed grant for the project, but I need to raise 80% of the funds to make this trip a reality.

I am hoping readers who have enjoyed my Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Cormoran Strike postings over the years will consider a donation to this cause on this Giving Tuesday. Skill Corps teams travel to places where schools and services for special needs children are scarce, with the long-term goal of establishing self-sufficient local centers.

No gift is too small.  The funding site is here for those who would like to donate.

Many thanks as we enter the holiday season.

Veronica Roth’s Next Book, “Chosen Ones” to Be Published in April

Longtime readers know me as the resident Divergent junkie.  Like a lot of readers, I was disappointed in Allegiant and, though I read Roth’s science fiction duology: Carve the Mark and The Fates Divide Us, the books didn’t grab my imagination enough to post about them.  Not that I didn’t mean to; it just kept moving farther down my priorities list, especially with so much cool Cormoran Strike stuff to write about.

However, I continue to follow Roth’s work. Today, the publication date for her next novel popped up on my social media.  I must say, I am really intrigued by the preview and I hope this is an indication that Roth is returning to her strengths. 

More after the jump.

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

Unless otherwise noted, all posts are by Louise Freeman.

A Dip in the OCEAN: Divergent Factions and the Big Five Personality Factors.

A Dip in the OCEAN II: Double Dipping Dauntless: Can the neurotic be brave?

Is There Scientific Evidence that the Factions of Divergent are Meaningful?

Did Roth miss the Epigenetic Boat?

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: How mirror neurons are reflected in Tris.

Literature, Film and Legacy: Reflections on a Random and Completely Unbalanced Sample

Game Theory: A New Key to Young Adult Fiction?

The WSJ Op-Ed on Young Adult Fiction that made Rita Skeeter look Impressive

A Slice of Divergent Fandom, as seen through Twitter

NPR’s Top 100 “Teen” Novels: What Do You Think?

Shut up, ladies?

A Zip to the Marshland: The significance of Tris’s high flying adventure.

MuggleNet Academia: Divergent and Harry Potter — at the Movies

Honest Trailers Parodies Divergent

Another writer notes the Divergent-Personality test link.

Divergent Movie: First Impressions

Final Chance for Divergent Empathy Survey

Survey for Divergent fans

A look at the Carve the Mark sneak peaks: prose, photos and artwork

Official ‘Carve the Mark’ Book Trailer Released: New Series by Veronica Roth

Countdown to Carve the Mark

Preview of Veronica Roth’s New Book, Carve the Mark, Now Available Online

‘Insurgent’ Movie Previews: This is Making Me Nervous!

Insurgent Movie Strays from Book, but Strangely Satisfies.

Allegiant Part II Becomes Ascendant

Ascendant (aka Allegiant Part Two) Movie cancelled; may be TV movie instead.


Allegiant Guest Post: Science and the Factions (Chana McCarthy)

Guest Post: David the Mysterious in ‘Allegiant’ Finale (fr Mary Isaiah Molano, OP)

Guest Post: The Christlike Sacrificial Deaths of Tris and Harry (fr Mary Isaiah Molano, OP)

The Divergent Trilogy: The Faction Manifestos Metanarrative and Predictions About the Revelations of ‘Allegiant’ (John)

‘Allegiant’ Leaking Out: Quotations, ‘World of Divergent’ (John)

Roth E-Publishes ‘Divergent’ Short Story: ‘The Transfer’(John)

‘Divergent’ Movie Trailers: Official ‘Teaser’ and Longer Clip(John)

Christine Wesley: Literary Alchemy in ‘Divergent’ — Nigredo

Christine Wesley: Literary Alchemy in ‘Insurgent’ — Albedo

Christine Wesley: Literary Alchemy in Allegiant – Rubedo

Meeting Veronica Roth: An Ascendio 2012 Highlight   (John)

’10 Questions’ with Veronica Roth, Author of the Divergent Trilogy: Part 3 — “Did You Plan These Books? No? Really?”(John)

’10 Questions’ with Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Trilogy: Part 2 — Elizabeth Baird-Hardy’s Questions (John)

’10 Questions’ With Veronica Roth, Author of the Divergent Trilogy: Part 1 — Louise Freeman’s Questions(John)

The Divergent Trilogy: Twilight, MarySue, and Tris Prior (John)

The Divergent Trilogy: Katniss Everdeen, Meet Tris Prior!  (John)

The Divergent Trilogy: Harry Potter Meets Beatrice Prior(John)

Veronica Roth Responds to Fandom Anger about Allegiant  (John)

Allegiant: First Twenty Discussion Threads Round-Up (John)

1 — Delighted or Disappointed?

2 — Predictions Scorecard

3 — ‘Choice, Real Choice’

*Guest Post: A Better Answer

4 — Allegory A: On Racism

5 — Allegory B: On Psychology

6 — Son of Mockingjay?

7 — Plato’s Cave: The Puppeteers

8 — Voice(s)

9 — Alchemy

10 — Mirror of Divergent Beginning and Allegiant End

11 — The Sacrifice

12 — Sex in the YA Novel

13 — Tobias’ Family and Choices

14 — Tris’ Brother and Parents

15 — O’hare Airport

16 — Forgiveness

17 — Supporting Roles

18 — Epistemology

19 — Review Links

20 — ‘Be Brave’


Two Pieces of ‘Carve the Mark’ News

Carve the MarkThe first and most exciting for me personally is… drum roll please…. my copy arrived today! I’ll probably start reading tomorrow.

The second bit of interesting news came from this interview Ms Roth did with NPR.  Two tidbits I found of particular note: 1) Cyra did not start out as a major character in the book and 2) the character and her “currentgift” were inspired by some acquaintances of Ms Roth who are chronic pain patients. Chronic pain is a problem often addressed by psychologists along with physicians, so I am hopeful we will see some more of Ms. Roth’s fascination with psychology shine through in the series. In the NPR interview, she states that a person’s “personality is like a mold that shapes how it comes out”–  “it” being the gift-giving “current” that seems to the the “force” of Ms. Roth’s new world.  Could there be more personality psychology showing up in the new series?  We’ll know soon enough.  I hope there are plenty of Hogpro regulars reading along.

You can also view this CBS clip to hear Ms. Roth talk about reading Harry Potter in the shower.

A look at the Carve the Mark sneak peaks: prose, photos and artwork

preprderVeronica Roth engages with her readers through a variety of social media outlets, notably Twitter, Instagram and Tumblir. With a scant two weeks remaining until the release of her new book, Carve the Mark, she is clearly doing what she can to generate and maintain interest, including offering an bonus epilogue to the Divergent series for those who pre-order. And yes, that particular bit of marketing strategy worked very nicely on me–not that I wouldn’t have ordered the book anyway.

In addition to releasing a preview chapter, Ms. Roth has been sharing regular “teasers:” sentences from Carve the Mark she has been releasing weekly, along with a photograph or painting, at least some of which her mother assisted in preparing. I thought it would be fun to look through the ten teasers released so far, speculate about what they could mean for the new series and look for any possible echoes to the Divergent trilogy.  So, here are the ten teaser quotes, in the order they were released, and including the art.

ctm-opening1. The first was the opening line of Carve the Mark.

Hushflowers always bloomed when the night was longest. The whole city celebrated the day the bundle of petals peeled apart into rich red– partly because hushflowers were their nation’s lifeblood and partly, Akos thought, to keep them all from going crazy in the cold.

As other previews have mentioned, plants apparently play a big role in this book. The red flower pictured above–presumably the hushflower–bears a strong resemblance to the red flowers featured in the book trailer.  A second plant, the “iceflower” is also mentioned as providing “lifeblood”–and given the opening trailer images of snowscapes interspersed with the fiery red flowers, and the red, black and white theme of the accompanying artwork, it is a possibility we could be looking at an alchemical organization, as Christine Wesley brilliantly deduced for Divergent. That would certainly be a nice Yuletide gift for John.

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