Pop-culture Expert: 'Divergent' Spotlights an Age-Old Concern
March 19, 2014
The young adult film tells the story of a dystopic future where citizens are divided
by classes based on their dominant personality attribute.
The movie “Divergent” is based on a trilogy of books by Veronica Roth and tells the
story of a dystopic future where citizens are divided by classes based on their dominant
personality attribute. Texas Tech pop-culture expert Rob Weiner says it is the latest
film in the young adult genre, of which most have a common theme.
Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library,
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- “The film ‘Divergent’ comes at a time when it seems many of us are concerned with
government intrusion in our lives. People are fearful of a ‘big brother’ watching
their every move whether it’s the government, advertisers, corporations or even our
- “It's no accident that the film of ‘Divergent’ comes on the heels of the ‘Hunger Games.’
People are fascinated with dystopian stories whether in books or blockbuster films.”
- “Hopefully this discussion through films and books will yield a better-educated populace,
not a more paranoid one.
- “The success of the ‘Divergent’ film and novels show that longtime held fears are
still relevant today. Perhaps even such classics, like B.F. Skinner’s ‘Walden Two’
and Edward Bellamy’s ‘Looking Backward,’ will gain new readers.”