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Fashion Book: Divergent

2012 June 7
by Jill

  For last month’s book club, we decided to stray away from the contemporary fiction path a bit and try reading some YA lit. My friend Mallory chose the Divergent series, by Veronica Roth. The book takes place in a futuristic Chicago, the city reduced to rubble save for the headquarters of four distinct “factions” based on positive traits–Abnegation, Amiable, Dauntless, and Erudite. When a child turns 16, they must choose their faction–they can either continue in the faction they’ve been raised in, or “diverge” from that path. Beatrice, or “Tris” as she soon becomes, defects from Abnegation and joins the tattooed wild gang of Dauntless initiates. The book follows Tris’ initiation process and her struggles to assume a new identity as a civil war begins brewing between the factions.

I don’t have anything against YA, but I wouldn’t call myself a fan either. I liked The Hunger Games (a lot) and definitely have my other favorites from when I was younger. But nowadays I tend to read more contemporary fiction, short stories, and classics–if only because I’m not super into fantasy/dystopia/zombies. I know there are YA books that don’t deal with those topics (I’d love to hear recommendations!) but this one did, and to top it off, I didn’t think Roth did a great job of explaining WHY there were these factions, or the various details of the societies–there were just a lot of holes, overall. Also, I found Tris’ infatuation with Four to be too sappy–I understand that teenagers have crushes, and I know they’re dramatic, but there are people dying all over the place and all she can talk about is some guy’s muscles. Maybe I’m being too harsh…anyway.

I wanted to create an outfit for Tris because I think the physical transformation she undergoes is interesting, and indicative of the kind of change that most teenagers experience as they grow into adults. The Abnegation faction wears solely gray, shapeless garments, so as to not call attention to themselves, whereas the Dauntless group begs for attention–bright hair colors, tattoos, piercings, and tight black clothing abound. Here is what I imagine Tris wearing as a new Dauntless initiate:

Fashion Book--Divergent

 

Are you a fan of YA? What are your favorites?

6 Responses Post a comment
  1. June 7, 2012

    I just read Divergent, which I thought was a lot of fun, although it’s no Hunger Games. But I did love the Dauntless fashion trends, and I think you’ve capture that vibe here perfectly.

    For non-dystopian YA, I’d suggest John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Sara Zarr’s “Story of a Girl.” Two of my contemporary realistic YA favs.

  2. Jill permalink
    June 7, 2012

    I’ve been very curious about The Fault in Our Stars, but I haven’t heard of Story of a Girl–I will have to check those out!!

  3. June 7, 2012

    I haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen it on Amazon whenever I’m hunting for new books. YA fantasy fiction is kind of my embarrassing guilty pleasure, mostly because of the ridiculous sappy romance part of it (which you described :) ). I love the “look” you came up with!

    • Jill permalink
      June 12, 2012

      Then you should definitely read this one! You might really enjoy it.

  4. June 11, 2012

    Yes! One of the things I actually really wanted more of in Divergent was description of the clothing. How many times does Tris wear something “black” that “feels too tight.” Need more description! I love the leather jacket here, and the black skinnies have been on my “always try on but never actually buy” list for about three years now. Maybe I’ll break the mold next Fall.

    In terms of YA, I agree with Annie. John Green=brilliant, and you also might like Code Name Verity, which is about some bad-ass girl pilots/spies in WWII. Not so much on the uplifting side of things, but a compelling read nonetheless!

    • Jill permalink
      June 12, 2012

      I’m glad you liked the outfit–you’re basically my target audience. :) I like the idea of girl pilots in WWII! Thanks for recs.

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