10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. » 9/15/14 3:41pm 9/15/14 3:41pm

Divergent Opens with a Cool $56 Million, Will Get the Franchise Works

Looks like Hollywood has found its newest YA franchise, though it didn't hit the $70 million expectation. Compared to the $70 million dollar opening for Twilight in 2008, and the $153 million dollar opening (these numbers are insane to me) for The Hunger Games in 2012, Divergent's opening seems modest. Still, topping… » 3/23/14 6:05pm 3/23/14 6:05pm

Get ready to fall in love with Veronica Mars all over again

Veronica Mars was a teen sleuth whose superpower was storytelling. She was adroit at making up clever lies and crafting fake identities, but it was always in the service of piecing together the truth — which was another story she constructed. Now she's starring in a big crowd-funded movie, which turns out to be about… » 3/14/14 2:20pm 3/14/14 2:20pm

Shailene Woodley Says No to Status Quo in the Trailer for Divergent

I haven't read Divergent, the best selling YA novel by Veronica Roth (who is only 25 YEARS OLD), but I'm starting to think I should. It hits all of marks of what makes a good book: it takes place in a dystopian future, it's written for teenagers and it's been made it into a movie, which means that you never actually… » 8/26/13 7:15pm 8/26/13 7:15pm