20 September 2012

An Apology to Divergent

In lieu of a book review this week, I’m going to offer up something a little different. I'd like to send my sincerest apologies to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, in the form of an open letter.

Dear Divergent,

I am writing this letter with hopes that it finds you well. Word on the street is that you’re a raging YA/dystopian hit and you’ve even acquired a cinema release date—congratulations on all your success!

I guess it’s best if I save us both the time and cut to the chase here. The real reason I’m writing to you is because I have regrets about the way we ended things. The shouting, the tears, the physical violence—I am really very sorry about that time I threw you against the wall! Frustration would be an understatement for describing the relationship we had. After doing some serious self-reflection I realized that the core of our problems stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t completely over the last series I read. I was emotionally unavailable. So you see, like I told you, it wasn’t you—it was me.

I know this might sound hard to believe but I did want to love you. Really, I tried. But if I’m being honest, it was just too soon. The Hunger Games and I, we had quite a history. It was emotionally intense, a passionate love-affair and I was silly to think that a week would be enough time to get over it. There are some relationships that profoundly change you and that was one of them. Never before had I been so affected by a series of books. Never. And when it was all over I felt like there was a void in my life. I knew deep down in my heart that I shouldn’t have gotten involved with another so soon, but still, your enticing premise beckoned me and I did it despite my better judgment. I know, I know. Stubbornness isn’t exactly on my list of positive qualities and I swear, I’m working on it!

Look, at the time I know I couldn’t appreciate the originality of your original plot, your strong characters or harrowing action but it’s been several months now and I was hoping that maybe you’d like to give it another shot. Wait! Just hear me out before you write me off, please. I know I may have said some things (many, many expletive things) to hurt you and for that I offer my sincerest apologies. I didn’t mean it. Sometimes when I’m reading I just get too irrational and I act out. You have to understand that I opened my arms to you with the best of intentions though my heart still belonged to someone else. I never meant to hurt you.

You were good, too good for me to really grasp at the time, and now I want to give it another shot. I think we could have something so epic. Seriously… there was too much potential to ignore! I try very hard to give all reading material the benefit of the doubt and I firmly believe in second chances. So what do you say? Will you let me let you have another go? Just think about it, that’s all I’m asking.

Warmest Regards & Hopeful Reviews,
Nikki @ Foil the Plot


  1. What a great post Nikki! I've heard so much about this series and I wish I could stop everything and read it now. I know just what you mean about being 'emotionally unavailable' for a new series. I get hooked on my old favs too.
    enjoy your weekend :)

  2. Love this! I haven't read Divergent yet but everyone says it's amazing. Good to get a different perspective.

  3. I always feel a little bit sorry for the books I read after I've read something mind-blowing-awesome-amazingness. I did like Divergent more than I thought I would, but strangely I haven't rushed to read Insurgent (although after the last few dystopians I've read, it may be time to try it!).

  4. What a great post. I know what you mean about books sometimes taking a while to endear themselves to you! I'll never forget pooh-poohing Anne of Green Gables as a kid. Oops! What a mistake!

  5. Naida - Really, this was a pretty great series but I was still so stuck on The Hunger Games that I really couldn't appreciate it for what it was. You should definitely check it out when you get a chance!

    Belle - Thanks, lady! I recommend Divergent though I still think I prefer The Hunger Games.

    Kat - I totally know what you mean! I've read both Divergent and Insurgent and think I liked the first one better. I'll still pick up the final in the series when it comes out because they were both pretty entertaining.

    Stephanie - Haha, I hear ya! I KNEW it was too soon but I'm not a very patient person and jumped right into Divergent. I guess that'll teach me.

  6. Haha I like this. I didn't like Divergent myself and I did feel I had to apologies to people as it seems like everyone else loves it so much!

  7. Such a clever post! I know the feeling of reading an amazing book that blows your mind and the way everything after that, no matter how good, just doesn't measure up.

  8. I'm so glad you're giving this series a second chance. I absolutely LOVED it and I hope you do too... The second time around ;)


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