Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just when I was thinking about a hiatus...

I saw the posts coming up about Veronica Roth's Divergent faction challenge. I couldn't resist.

A thorough explanation from Deb Driza's blog (cut and pasted, because it's 6AM and I not feeling erudite right this second):


CANDOR—The Honest
ERUDITE—The Intellectual/Knowledgeable
AMITY—The Peaceful
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…..
According to the Divergent fansite, Abnegation means:
  1. To refuse or deny oneself (some rights, conveniences, etc.); reject, renounce.
  2. 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. 


  1. Seconded, awesome idea! Good luck, KO.
    - Sophia.

  2. It's like Harry Potter's "Which house are you?" Cool! (I'm totally Ravenclaw, BTW).

    I love this idea, though I haven't read the book either. And seeing as how I just took six tomes out of the library on Sunday and haven't finished my book club book (book club is tomorrow), I won't be starting it soon...

  3. I agree. Cool idea. I'm trying to think of something I could give up that I haven't already done this week...will have to think more.

  4. Oh good luck. As I said on Sarah's blog yesterday, I would so fail as abnegation the first day.

  5. I'm Ravenclaw too! Ahh - I think I'm going with the abnegation this week, but I'll see what I can do for the next go-round. :)

  6. WOO HOO--so glad you're doing the challenge! Hope Abnegation is treating you well so far--can't wait to read your post on Friday! :D

  7. So cool! :)

    (Thanks for stopping by my blog! Leuk je te ontmoeten! :) Leaving for the airport soon!)


  8. It's lovely plan. I'll do the same, but quietly.


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