{Exclusive} “Divergent” Author Veronica Roth’s “Star Wars”-like Series Stirring Up Rights Market


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〉 The new series was announced in March, but the battle for the rights has just begun

Divergent author has a pair of Young Adult sci-fi novels in the works, set to be published by in 2017 and 2018, both of which are seriously starting to heat up on the rights market.

The as-of-yet UNTITLED VERONICA ROTH SERIES, which will be released as a duology, is about a boy and the enemy with whom he forms an unlikely alliance.Both desperate to escape their oppressive lives, they help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge. As if a new pair of novels from the international bestselling author isn’t intriguing enough, the series is being pitched “in the vein of Star Wars.”

The upcoming books were announced back in March, but the war for the rights has just begun. Lionsgate’s feature adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley, grossed nearly $300 milllion worldwide. Allegient, the second film in the Divergent series, is set for release in May, with the third film Ascendant scheduled for 2017. And with the last installment of The Hunger Games–Mockingjay Part 2 on the horizon, the search for the next great YA feature franchise is well underway. According to sources, the box office numbers that these YA-based blockbusters guarantee are the very reason some high profile producers at the major studios are already starting to vie for the upcoming Roth property.

Roth, who is only 26 years old, began writing the Divergent series when she was still an undergraduate at Northwestern University. That series, comprised of three novels–Divergent, Allegient, and  and a short story collection, was released in 2011. To date, the books have sold oven seven million copies worldwide.

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Josh Lyons | Staff Writer

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  1. Calling something “in the vein of Star Wars” doesn’t make it so. Does this take place in another galaxy? A long time ago? Or a long way in the future? If it does that still doesn’t make it Star Wars it makes it a knock-off. Ender’s Game was supposed to be another Star Wars it even had Harrison Ford in it!

    If this new book series takes place on earth in a dystopian future that still doesn’t make it Star Wars or Hunger Games or anything except a duplication of her current book series. Girls are the primary audience for these movies and they want to see a girl hero. A boy with an enemy who he teams up with for retribution and revenge still doesn’t make this Star Wars.

    If you really want to rip off Star Wars all you have to do is read Joseph Campbell’s The Hero With A Thousand Faces just like George Lucas did. You will learn about the journey a hero has to take just like Luke Skywalker took. He starts out as a naive innocent young man and by going on a journey of challenges where he gains courage and wisdom he becomes a real hero.

    Then watch lots of World War II movies with aerial dogfights like Lucas did and Seven Samurai and other Kurosawa films and Westerns like The Searchers and High Noon plus read a lot of counter-culture 1960’s books and pamphlets about meditation and finding one’s center of self for peace and harmony the way Lucas did a long time ago. That’s where he got the idea of The Force from, it was hippie literature and Eastern philosophy that he grooved to.

    Then and only then after you’ve done all the above you might have a chance to write something “in the vein of Star Wars” but most likely you won’t succeed. Star Wars is unique. Trying to cash in on it with a book “that’s in the vein of Star Wars” is ridiculous. It can’t be done.

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