Just this past week, I delved into the realm of Young Adult (YA) fiction works. I got to watch the movie adaption of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Claire and I was also able to finish reading one of the hottest books in the Young Adult fiction section, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.
These two works of art have gained a strong fan base and for good reason. From mind boggling plot twists to unbelievable settings, both stories are able to bring you to a world like no other while still keeping the peculiar characters grounded to the limits of reality.
The limits and weaknesses of the characters allows readers to relate to their situations and fully immerse themselves in the story. This is what makes these YA fiction works such a hit among teenagers and young adults.
The tagline of Divergent, “One choice can transform you,” says it all. In life, there will come a point where we will have to make difficult choices. There will come a point where just like the protagonist in Divergent, Beatrice, we will have to make a decision that may not always be in line with that of our loved ones. At the end of the day, it’s about living up to that choice.
This choice is something Clary, the protagonist in The Mortal Instruments, also had to make. As she started to learn more about her past and her abilities, she had to make a choice to either continue her normal life or step into her role as the descendant of a shadow hunter.
For teenagers like me and you, as we grow to our late teens, we have a lot of choices to make. We have to make choices like how we spend our weekends, what college we go to, who we hang out with and the path we choose to take. These decisions will be challenging and these choices that we make can impact us for the rest of our life. This is where the second theme comes in. The importance of trust.
In both the Mortal Instruments and Divergent, the protagonists are forced to trust complete strangers in order to survive. During the duration of both stories, I honestly was on the edge of my seat for you could never be too sure if the character was genuinely good or has a hidden intention. This is what makes these two YA works so entertaining and poignant.
The same can be said about real life. You can never be sure whether a person can be trusted but at the same time, you have to make that choice to trust others in order to make the most out of your life and survive in this world. We’ll meet various of different people but only a few of them will stay with you through the years. They are the ones worth fighting for. They are the ones worth living for.
Overall, both YA works were both very alike and different at the same time. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones really caught me by surprise as the story progressed and different characters, ranging from warlocks to vampires, popped in. Cassandra Clare was really able to bring in novel personalities and sub-plots that will simply leave you astonished.
On the other hand, Divergent started off pretty slow and seemed like a mainstream choose the “group” you belong to type of book but the action quickly heightened after the first few chapters. As Beatrice headed to her “Faction”, the story really got going and every page kept me on my toes, excited to see how the story would unfold. Veronica Roth was able to make Beatrice just as human as us while at the same time, giving her distinct characteristics and a strong supporting cast that really makes the story fly.
I’ve never really was a fan of YA fiction works before but after watching the Mortal Instruments and reading Divergent, I’ve learned how to appreciate these works of art. It’s mind-blowing what our imaginations can produce and I really admire what the authors behind these two stories were able to create.
When you have a book like the Mortal Instruments that combines angels, demons, shadow hunters, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, incest and a lot more eccentric themes, you’re definitely in for a wild ride.
If that’s not your type, you can enter the dystopian world of Divergent and experience the adventure of Beatrice as she makes dauntless choices that will forever transform her life.
Each YA fiction work is full of surprises and is definitely worth reading and watching. Whether or not you pick up the book or watch the movie is your choice and trust me, that same choice can transform you!
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And if you still aren’t convinced, please check out the trailers for the respective movie adaptations of the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (out now) and Divergent (Coming out next year)
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Trailer: