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Lionsgate wants you to believe that Divergent is the next Twilight and Hunger Games. In a conference call this morning, the studio spent some time assuring investors that their runaway book-to-film success won’t end with Katniss’ story because they have Divergent on the horizon.

The dystopian novel set in a futuristic Chicago and written by Veronica Roth has been a hit with readers over the past couple years. The second book, Insurgent, was released May 2012, and a third (final) book is in the works by Roth.

Most interesting of what Lionsgate had to say this morning, as reported by The Wrap: Divergent’s book sales are tracking ahead of where Twilight and The Hunger Games were at a similar point in their life cycles. This would suggest that the Divergent trilogy could be as popular if not more so than the books originally by Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins.

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer had a message for readers: “We’re putting it out to our fans right now that we think this is the next big franchise.”

He went on to say that Divergent’s March 21, 2014 release date – the same time of year that The Hunger Games was released – is intentional. “We’re indicating the amount of support we have,” Feltheimer told investors.

Summit acquired the rights to Veronica Roth’s Divergent in early 2011, and at Comic-Con San Diego 2011 they were handing out copies of the book to the media and held a press conference with author Roth.

Is ‘Divergent’ the next ‘Twilight’ or ‘Hunger Games’?

We encourage you to use the question to not make comparisons to the story but the potential success.

  • http://twitter.com/FionaFixit Fiona Fixit

    Love these books. If they stay true to them the fan base should be there. I’m so excited to see it in a movie. Veronica Roth is a great young writer with an interesting griping story.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    The next book-to-film franchise is going to be The Mortal Instruments, and then Divergent. Although, I think Divergent has a higher chance of becoming more successful because it’s a trilogy and dystopian like The Hunger Games, whereas The Mortal Instruments series is six books, and even if they do one film per year, the TMI cast is going to look way too old to play teenagers.

    • Melusine

      Yes, but Lionsgate will not be producing The Mortal Instruments film adaptations, so no matter what us fans know will be the next big thing, for Lionsgate, this is it. But I agree, unless they take the Peter Jackson approach and film several of them at the same time, the actors will out age the characters for TMI.

      • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

        Oh yeah, of course. I was speaking generally, but for Lionsgate, Divergent is definitely their next big franchise.

  • http://www.twitter.com/BlueHuMac BlueHuMac

    I read both books and I enjoyed them very much, but I don’t think it’s going to be bigger than Twilight. Maybe as big as The Hunger Games.

    • http://twitter.com/Andrewm4930 Andrew Martin

      Really, because The Hunger Games is already bigger than twilight. It earned more than the last three films did.

      • http://www.twitter.com/BlueHuMac BlueHuMac

        I meant popularity wise not box office. But fyi, globally, The Hunger Games hasn’t pass the last 3 Twilights.

      • Jason

        The Hunger Games made more domestically, but not nearly as much worldwide.

  • ravenclaw1991

    I don’t even know what Divergent is.. I hadn’t heard of it until Colton Haynes left Teen Wolf a few weeks ago and rumours started about him possibly being in the movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicole.soor Nicole Soor

    I just finished divergent a few days ago.. i really liked it and think it could become really big, it probably wont reach the twilight level but after a lot of advertising i think it will be the same as hunger games, i cant wait to see the film and im sure lots of people will catch onto the movie as it gets closer :)

  • Sheechiibii

    The Divergent books are very good. I think they’d definitely make good movies. Not as good as the Hunger Games though…

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    divergent is a great book (and will hopefully end a great series). i dont think it could beat twilight cause there’s really no beating the bella/edward hysteria. and the only reason it might not out-perform hunger games is because it comes after these “ground breaking” books and movies, the hysteria for the “next big thing” continues to die down a bit. while i would say the hunger games was definitely the next big thing of its time, it wasn’t as big as it would have been had it not followed harry potter and twilight. do you know what i mean? when everything gets flashed in your face as the next big thing you tend to keep your expectations low because either you don’t want to get your hopes up, or you’re exhausted from the previous crazes that have occurred.

    • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

      but on the whole, because i love the books so much, it should become the next big franchise *crossing my fingers*

  • Name

    I thought The Mortal Instruments was the next big franchise, I’ve never even heard of Divergent.

    • Teranel

      I also thought The Mortal Instruments was the next big franchise (although admittedly, there still are 3/4 of the Hunger Games movies to come out). I’ve been intending to read Divergent among many other recent series; I just managed to get my hands on The Mortal Instruments series first. So many books, so little time…

    • TheGirlWhoLived

      Icronic, I’ve never heaard of The Mortal Instruments until now. Library time!

  • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

    Never heard of ‘Divergent’ before.

    • Beatrice prior

      We’ll there is something wrong with ur library

      • VideoKilledSeverusSnape

        *Well *your

  • applepie

    I sure hope so! I’m a big fan of the series and think it deserves more hype than it’s getting.

  • Daughter of Eve

    I didn’t really enjoy Divergent. I thought the book was interesting, but it wasn’t a page turner for me. I’m still going to keep an eye out for it though. I guess i’m not the target demograph

  • Nerdfighter

    This book was so cliche and so similar to all the other dystopian young adult fiction that I can see people getting board with it. How many fantasy stories with a strong (sometimes unrealistically strong) female as the main character do we really need?

    • KleppMelk

      Ok…. The fact that you even have to ask that question worries me. A lot!

      How about asking: How many fantasy stories with a strong (sometimes unrealistically strong) male character do we really need? Because seriously, you’ll find those a lot more often in literature and other media than their female counterparts. I’m not saying it’s wrong to write them thought, I just don’t get why you appear to resent somehow that the girls are getting to do more of the heavy lifting both emotionally and physically. I’d say it’s about time we get some more kick ass ladies. I wish I had more of those when I was growing up!

      DFTBA!:)

      • Guest

        I agree with you but I find that so many of the female kick butt heroines in YA are the same and unrelatable. I read HG first and loved Katniss’s butt kicking because at least in the relationship field, she was unsure of herself. So many of the heroines are too perfect that they are unrelatable. I know I’ll get crucified for this, but I think I could relate to Bella best because she was like me (I know Mary Sue and all that): completely clueless about love and socially awkward. She eventually found herself and then became kick butt in the end, which to me is a more realistic portrait of self discovery. At least as I experienced it.

        • KleppMelk

          I’m not saying that that the female leads don’t tend to be unrealistic at times, I am saying is that most people tend to have a slight bias against them more than male leads. The Mary Sue label is used almost exclusively on your average strong girl protagonist while for each of them there’s a hole bunch of strong guy protagonists who are just as unrealistic or more and yet gets much less complaints from the audience.

          The Mary Sue character is a real thing, BUT I think the number of girl characters that are being called Mary Sue compared to the guy characters says something about us as the audience and how our though proses towards the female protagonists is unfair. For christ sake people are slamming Ginny Weasley for being a Mary Sue when she’s as far from it as you can get! For some strange reason we love to put down the kick as ladies in popular media while the kick as lads (who I’m not saying you shouldn’t love despite of them being unrealistic) don’t have to go through that, and I think that’s really sad.

          Someone put it much better than me in this tumblr post: http://adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumblr.com/post/13913540194/mary-sue-what-are-you-or-why-the-concept-of-sue-is

  • Jill

    I’ve been meaning to read Divergent, I guess I better hurry up and get to it.

  • http://twitter.com/CherryVanillaAd Cherry Vanilla

    I LOVE LOVE Divergent!!! Can’t wait!!

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I don’t think, based on where it is now, that it’s going to be bigger than twilight or Hunger Games. So many of my friends had at least HEARD of Hunger Games by the time the second book had been out for a while. Most people really took notice of Twilight right before the third book. However when I mention Divergent, everyone asks me what it is. So far it’s not well known outside of the YA community.

  • KleppMelk

    Uhm… Weren’t Lionsgate going to do the Chaos Walking Trilogy? I’d like to see that.

    • xxxItAllEndsxxx

      Yea, they are! The screen play is being written at the moment, but I’d love to hear some new information, it’s been a while since we’ve had anything. I really hope they carry through and make this a film series, it really is brilliant :D

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Well, I do love the Divergent series so far! But not as much as Hunger Games. IMO I like it a lot, a lot more than Twilight.

  • Musician

    I haven’t read it, although it’s on my list, and not very many people I know have read Divergent. Many more of my contemporaries had read Twilight and Hunger Games at the same time in their release cycle. Although reviews on it are mostly positive, I haven’t noticed it inspiring the blind devotion that those two polarizing series have. I don’t predict that it will be quite as successful.

    • TheGirlWhoLived

      I was thinking along the same lines, but then again, there is a long while before this movie will be out. I know from my personal experience that a ton of people in my school hadn’t read THG until they heard there was going to be a movie. Some people didn’t even read the book, and said they we’re “too cool” for it. So, maybe it’ll begin to gain more popularity as the movie becomes closer.

  • PotterFan1029

    I have not read this book but I don’t like that Lionsgate is trying to label something as “the next big franchise”, they probably just want to get a headstart on making insane amounts of money. They are like encouraging people to become blindly devoted to something simply because they call it “the next big thing”. I just do not think that this is really fair to readers and other authors/series. Maybe they should just try to focus on making a quality film adaptation, and then if it is good enough, the success will come.

  • Plat

    Doesn’t sound interesting enough to me to read. I might check the movies out though when they come.

  • Guest

    I really liked Mortal Instruments in the beginning and think that it has potential because you have the mix of supernatural characters and a romance with a hot guy. However the movie is set to be released in August 2013, which is where studios but films that either don’t have potential or they don’t know how to promote. I get the feeling they don’t know how to promote it. Plus it has been in development for so long that the feverish excitement of several years ago has largely worn off.I wish it success and am looking forward to it, but I don’t see it becoming Twilight big.

    Divergent I didn’t really enjoy. It started out interestingly enough but I was bored by the end and am not in a hurry to continue.

    • PotionWillow207

      I disagree with you about TMI. There is still one more book to come out in that series and from what I’ve seen online the fans are just as rabid as ever. I’m not sure why you think it’s dying out at all. If anything, interest is ramping up since we’re fixing to get a teaser trailer next week.

      • Guest

        Among fans yes, but awareness of the film outside the fanbase is nill. There’s no publicity. If you are trying to seed publicity by putting the trailer out in front of Breaking Dawn, why isn’t Jamie Campbell Bower doing cross promotion with Twilight? I venture to guess his role in BD is bigger than in NM, yet I haven’t seen one interview with him. I pay attention to movie-book adaptations, and I haven’t come across anything on Mortal Instruments since the first set shots on the first day of shooting. There is no publicity. Compare to Twilight press coverage during filming of the first film. Also on Flixster, only 2 people are aware of the film (and thus the 98% want to see it rate.).

        I am looking forward to this film, but the signs thus far aren’t positive. Again August is a film release cemetery. If interest does pick up, you’ll see the release moved to end of October, November or March.

  • Guest

    Summit/Lionsgate is giving out copies of Divergent to Twilight fans camping out for the premiere.

    • sa_fi_ra

      That makes it sound kind of desperate attempt :D I mean, like they don’t believe that it will became huge hit on it’s own like Twilight (they didn’t give out free copies for that :) ), so years before they are releasing it they give out copies. To clarify, I’m not saying that book sucks, just that the way studio is acting is funny.

  • http://twitter.com/ameywakeford Amey Wakeford

    lets hope they don’t f*** it up like they did with twilight and don’t take out all the action like they did with hunger games! love divergent over both series’ and would hate to see it spun into drivel!

  • Slytherinhero01

    Meh, read it, not really my cup of tea. However, I was very impressed by Veronica Roth’s age. She’s only a few months older than me which gave me a bit of inspiration considering she’s young and already a highly known author.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    Despite what Lionsgate says, I HIGHLY doubt the readership for this series is anywhere near what it was for THG/Twilight when they were at the same point that Divergent is now in time. In school, you’d always see people reading or hear people talking about the THG/Twilight books. How many people have you heard talking about Divergent? Personally, none.

  • GinnyWeasley002

    In all honesty, I like Divergent A LOT better than I’ve ever liked Hunger Games. And I went to the HG midnight premiere.

  • Holly1

    Can’t wait for Detergent!

  • Chicken

    I reckon it’s going to be a few years before they really start making Divergent, so I wonder if dystopians are still going to be popular then.

  • Savanah

    SPOILERS

    I’m going to offend a ton of people, but I found Divergent to be atrocious. 3/4th of the book was useless. Tons of fights here, tons of fights there. They didn’t advance the story at all. That was my main problem with it. Just a lot of random events that didn’t matter to me. And when something DID happen, it made no sense. (example– why on earth did Tris shoot Will?! That problem could’ve definitely been handled another way. Like, I don’t know, NOT KILLING YOUR FRIEND?! < Just felt like a lame attempt to add more drama in the story)

    I'll admit– the first 30 pages or so were interesting. I liked Tris and the whole concept of the story. But then once she got to Divergent, everything just decreased in quality. The plot became practically nonexistent, Tris became a Mary Sue, the new characters weren't interesting one bit.
    I also felt like Roth was too preachy in her writing. It's as if she didn't believe her readers would understand the moral of the story, so she had to keep flat-out mentioning it.

    … so obviously Divergent didn't do it for me. It's really popular, though, so maybe the movies will do well? I don't know.

    • Savanah

      * But then once she got to DAUNTLESS…

      Why do I always do that?!

      (P.S. Just realized you can edit your original posts on here now. Sorry. Not used to Hypable’s new system)

  • Ailene

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OMG OMG OMG SO EXCITINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ailene

    TWILIGHT+THG= DIVERGENT, ENOUGH SAID.

  • Vivian M

    The Mortal Instruments will be the next big thing!

  • Corin Boswell

    I really liked Divergent and Insurgent and as with the other book-to-film franchises, if they do it well then I think the series will do well. I feel like this one has the potential to go the wrong way though… that it could really turn into some sort of bad Sat night Chiller Channel or SciFi Channel movie. It will, of course, depend on who they get to direct, star, etc. I’d go see it just b/c I really enjoyed the book. I know a lot of people haven’t read this series yet but that was kind of how HG was at first. I only started that series about the time Mockingjay came out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LucyM121 Lucy Merriman

    Hmmm. I’m a big reader, and I’ve never heard of Divergent until now. See, before Twilight and THG movies came out, I’d already read the books that were out. Same with Harry Potter and Mortal Instruments. Also, hearing that it’s dystopian makes me think a lot of people will compare it to THG. I think Twilight and THG were different enough that people could like both, but THG and Divergent might be too similar.

  • Connor

    Hated this book. Too much romance for my taste.

    • Beatrice Prior

      What!!!!!!!!!! I think it great thank you it helped me get over someone!!!!! Thank you

  • katnissfan

    I absolutely LOVE Divergent and Insurgent. I am a huge fan, and can’t wait to see the movie. If stay true to the book, I bet it will be amazing!
    As far as topping The Hunger Games, I don’t know…..

  • Glaciusx

    Don’t use “Twilight” in the same sentence with The Hunger Games. Ugh.

  • loli

    Love Divergent and Hunger Games, so I’m just really happy they made it to the big screen!!!! :D

  • alex

    if the movies not butchered than im sure it will be brlliant but be sure to get the right cast! that is most definatly the most important thing!

  • Rim

    I started to read Divergetn four days ago and now I’m almost done with it! I can’t wait to read the next book and watch the movie!!

  • Carol Time

    Divergent.
    “I am strong,
    I am Brave”
    ~Tris

  • fireiscatching

    In my opinion I believe that Divergent could be bigger than both of The Hunger Games & Twilight. And to the people that say that no one has heard of Divergent as much as both of other book series, well Divergent came out later than the other books. Also I never heard of Twilight until the movie came out and I tried reading that series, I did not seem to like it very much.. It could not keep my interest. Although I love The Hunger Games, I have read the whole trilogy, I have to admit that I did not know of the books till the movie had came out. But Divergent on the other hand, I believe has a lot of potential. I really liked the Divergent story line, it was very interesting to me. I really cannot wait for the next book or the movie as well as catching fire.

  • Beatrice prior

    Omg!!!!!! tris is not katniss!!!!!!>:| and yes I can’t wait for the movie to come out in 2014!!!!!!! And I totally is so much better than the hunger games and has way more romance!!!!! But not to much like twilight!!!

  • AJones

    No, I don’t think it will be as big as hunger games or twilight. Unlike the other two franchises, the Divergent sequels are not as good as the first.

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