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INSURGENT

Bringing A Worldwide Phenomenon to the Screen
The bestselling novel, Insurgent, was written by author Veronica Roth, whose first novel, Divergent, topped The New York Times Best Seller list after it was published in 2011. Divergent made NPR and Barnes & Noble's "Best Books of 2011" list and was voted "Favorite Book of the Year" by Goodreads members. Roth wrote the book while an undergraduate at Northwestern University. She soon followed up with Insurgent, which also hit No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. In 2013 she released Allegiant, the final book in the series, which sold 455,000 copies on its first day to break a company record for HarperCollins. Pre-orders for Allegiant exceeded those of any book in the history of HarperCollins.

As they adapt Veronica Roth's best-selling book series, the filmmakers are ever aware of the immense responsibility that comes with bringing a beloved author's work to the screen. "The Divergent series has sold well over 30 million copies," notes Wick. "Whenever we got a little lost about what liberties to take in streamlining the story, we always remembered that Veronica was the oracle. Whatever good idea any of us thought we were having, we also remembered people bought Veronica's books, not ours."

According to Fisher, having Roth available to discuss production and plot issues with was priceless. "We're very lucky to have a living author to consult with," she says. "On our last movie (The Great Gatsby) F.Scott Fitzgerald wasn't really available. Veronica was very much a part of this process as a resource and sounding board."

Roth says she appreciates the care the producers put into adapting her work. "Doug and Lucy have a lot of respect for the story and that's a huge asset," says the author. "They understand what works and can pinpoint what will be difficult to translate."

Although the filmmakers made every effort to stay true to the themes and characters of the books, Roth understood that some changes needed to be made to present the 544-page novel in a two-hour movie. "In the book, there's more freedom to do a weird structure and explain things slowly. But on screen, it has to be fast and concise and clear. I'm always really open-minded to change as long as it creates a better and stronger story. One thing that was very important to me was to ensure that the dynamic between Tris and Four remained the same, and that she is still the primary mover of the plot. And in Insurgent, it is still Tris' story."

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