A thorough explanation from Deb Driza's blog (cut and pasted, because it's 6AM and I not feeling erudite right this second):
One of the many things I took away from the book is that while sticking to one virtue might sound simple, ultimately, it’s probably better to branch out a little bit. So guess what? I created theDIVERGENT FACTION-OF-THE-WEEK CHALLENGE, where some of my writer friends and I are going to take on all five of them!
Every Monday for the next 5 weeks, I’ll announce the faction/virtue of the week. Over the next four days, we’ll be trying to perform at least ONE ACT that embodies that virtue/faction. It doesn’t have to be fancy; just something in everyday life, something we might not usually do. Then, each Friday, we’ll all blog about our act.
TO SPREAD THE DIVERGENT LOVE–and maybe find out a little something about ourselves in the process. Tell your friends, get them involved—the more, the merrier!! If you plan to join us, leave a link in the comments section each week, and I’ll make sure to add them to the bottom of the posts.
And, in honor of the main character Tris’s upbringing, our kick-off virtue is…..
WEEK ONE: ABNEGATION!
According to the Divergent fansite, Abnegation means:
- To refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject, renounce.
- To relinquish, give up
Basically, Veronica says the faction is about selflessness; stripping unnecessary things from life in order to help people forget themselves and do away with vanity, greed, and envy.
So, this week–GO FORTH! Step outside of your “you” zone and perform your selfless act in the wild. If you like, tweet about your trials and tribulations with an #abnegation hashtag. Then, on Friday, blog about your experience and share your Abnegation-ness with the rest of us!"
I can't wait to read this! I need to get it soon, and read along with the challenge!
So- join in, or just quietly perform abegnation this week.