Marisole Monday & Friends: Read Divergent by V. Roth…

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So, when I was in Chicago last week I visited a good friend who works as a children’s librarian and she recommended a book she’d just finished called Divergent, which is a recent Young Adult novel by Veronica Roth. I read the book while I was riding the train from Chicago to Minneapolis and drew the paper doll outfits soon after.

In the distopian future of Chicago, as told by Divergent, all people belong to one of five sects. In alphabetical order- Abnegation (self-denial) wear grey, Amity (fellowship) wear red and yellow, Candor (frankness) wear black and white, Dauntless (fear-less) wear black punky style and Erudite (scholarly) wear blue.

The story follows Beatrice, born into Abnegation, through her choice to join Dauntless on her sixteenth birthday and everything which comes with this decision.

I enjoyed the novels engagement in questions of identity, a topic I think that is important to a young adult audience, plus Chicago was shown as a swamp which, without the various canals currently in the city, it certainly would be. And we don’t get enough novels these days that pull out esoteric words like abnegation into common speech.

This isn’t a paper doll of Beatrice, since I don’t draw other people’s characters, but rather some other member of the society. I didn’t look at any of the movie promotional stuff, because I wanted to draw what I saw people in, not what the costume designer on the film saw people in. Though I did see the camera stuff around downtown Chicago where they are currently filming the movie.

In a slight change of pace from usual, the black and white version is posted today along with the color version. Each of the sects is defined largely by color and I didn’t think spacing out the two posts was really worth it. Plus I got both paper doll versions done at the same time, so I might as well show them off.

I also went to the Chicago City Museum’s exhibit on the Ebony Fashion Fair and you can expect to see that in paper doll format soon as well.

Oh, and I haven’t read the sequel yet, so no spoilers in the comments please, though I’d love to hear that other people thought of the book.

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6 Responses to Marisole Monday & Friends: Read Divergent by V. Roth…

  1. Erin says:

    Divergent (and its sequel) is one of my favorite book series, so I’m really excited about this paper doll! The costumes are perfection!!! *squeels happily*

  2. Devina says:

    Divergent is a totally great book and I love the paper doll, but I thought the abnegation propel wore robes. Doesn’t it say something about that in the book?

    • RLC says:

      I did note that the Abnegation people wore robes, but I decided to use the description early in the book of Beatrice tripping over her long grey trousers for my paper doll design. I’m glad you guys liked that paper doll and the book.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    OMG! I love this paper doll! She has a lovely style! I love the blue high heels!

  4. TiA says:

    I’m glad to see there are others who enjoy and miss the simplicity of paper dolls. Love them!

  5. jazz13 says:

    Divergent is coming out as a movie…

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