Pop-culture Expert: 'Divergent' Spotlights an Age-Old Concern

The young adult film tells the story of a dystopic future where citizens are divided by classes based on their dominant personality attribute.

Divergent

Pitch

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.

Expert

Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 834-5126 office, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

Quotes

  • “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 neighbors.”
  • “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.”