The Job of Books

By: Kaitlyn

Last week, the book Allegiant came out and soon after, fan's opinions came out as well.

I will not give away any spoilers. If there is one thing that really irks me, it’s people that spoil endings of things, but that’s another story. If you’re commenting, please try not to spoil anything for others.

Anyways, I digress.  As I was saying, people were in an uproar with regards to how Roth wrote the final installment of her Divergent trilogy. They were upset, emotionally scarred, and some fans were upset to the point that they were sending threats to Roth.

This, of course, is waaaay out line. John Green came out shortly in defense of Roth through this series of tweets:

 


If you wanted the book to end differently, then YOU should write the book that YOU want. Don’t go blaming the author of a book for the choices that that author has made, because the author gets to decide what happens to her story, not you.

If you were expecting fluffy bunnies and rainbows, then maybe you shouldn’t have been reading a dystopian fiction, whose exact definition is brokenness.

I think that Roth really stepped up her game with this book. And unpopular opinion time! I like the Divergent trilogy better than The Hunger Games. It’s not like they’re in a battle against each other. And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love The Hunger Games. I just really absolutely love the Divergent series. Roth’s writing skills have steadily improved throughout her writing and I found myself underlining a ton of lines in Allegiant. She has a way of wording things that make it so painfully clear and true. One of my favorite quotes from Allegiant is: “Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

Was I overjoyed with the ending of this book? No. Absolutely not. I was an emotional disaster. And that, my friends, is what makes literature so freakin’ great. If an author can make you feel such strong emotions and give you such a passionate reaction to what you’ve just read, then that author is genius. I think that what Roth has written with her latest book is exactly that. She’s so smart and gives us exactly what we don’t want. I commend Roth for that. That takes such bravery.

It shouldn’t be a book’s job to make you happy. It shouldn’t be a book’s job to provide you an escape from life’s troubles. A book’s job is to make you think about life and to make you think about life’s problems. That’s the power of books.

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