May 23, 2012

RTW: Faction Selection

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. 

This week's topic:
What faction are you?

For those of you who have no idea what the heck this even means, I urge you to pick up Divergent by Veronica Roth and find out. Like, yesterday. You won't be disappointed. And then move right on to Insurgent. The best part? You won't have to wait forever for the sequel like the rest of us had to. 

Anyway, back to the question. There's no easy answer for this. I think when it all boils down, we're all a bunch of Divergents. To be completely one faction seems absurdly unrealistic (this is not a slam on the books, it's just reality as we know it, which is perhaps the point Roth is trying to make???).

I'd love to say that I'm Dauntless. I love so much about that faction—the dark clothing, the tattoos, the bravery—but I'd hardly call myself brave. Quite the contrary, actually: I'm the world's biggest chicken. The thought of jumping onto a moving train gives me palpitations and makes my knees go all rubbery. Instead of calling me 'Four', I'd end up as 'Four Hundred' or something equally terrible.

Nope, this would probably be my aptitude test result:

I feel like calling myself Erudite "The Intelligent" seems a little arrogant, but it's more because I'm on the nerdy side and love learning WAY too much (*snort* as if there's such a thing as 'too much' with learning). This would be the greatest fraction of my faction equation, followed by a handful of Amity, and a dash of Abnegation. Amity because I prefer to keep the peace in my everyday life, and Abnegation because I like to make others happy—I'm a bit of a people-pleaser. Just call me Doormat.

But Candor? Ha! Tell people what I really think and feel? But that would mean rocking the boat and potentially making people unhappy with me! I can't do that! You get the idea. Pathetic, right?

As for choosing the faction that I plan to call home, I'd kind of be thrilled to move into Erudite headquarters just so I can permanently plant my nose in a book (in a perfect Erudite scenario, not the actual turn of events in the novels). Taking up residence with either of the other two factions in my equation would make me want to jump off the Hancock building without a zip-line. Just brutal.

What would your faction equation look like, and which faction would you choose?

33 comments:

  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who chose Erudite! Amity sounds nice, in theory, but I would go insane actually living in it. Especially with the pieces of their culture from INSURGENT. I wish I could be Dauntless (I've always wanted a tattoo, for instance) but I probably wouldn't make it past initiation.

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    1. I agree about the Amity, especially after reading INSURGENT. I'd be stark raving bonkers in no time living there. Erudite (minus all the crazy and scary) would most likely suit me best. :)

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  2. Erudite is a large fraction of my faction equation too (love that phrase!)

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    1. I think all of us book nerds have to fess up to at least a chunk of Erudite, don't you? :)

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  3. I don't know that Abnegation would necessarily be doormats. You can be selfless without losing self respect. But I also don't think Abnegation and Erudite are mutually exclusive, either. And I wonder if the fact they seem to be in the books is contrary to their original intent. Wouldn't Abnegation have a well-stocked library of biographies and autobiographies? :) As you say, I think all the factions need each other, and there is a lot of overlap in real life.

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    1. I didn't meant to imply that Abnegation were doormats, just that I'm a doormat. :) I often have a hard time saying 'no', which totally sucks. I think I'm giving, but I also tend toward selfishness at times which would not go over well in that faction. And you're right: there is a lot of overlap between the factions. It will be interesting to see what Book 3 has to say about all of this. :)

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  4. I love it. I'd probably be Dauntless + Erudite. I'm definitely not Candor or Amity. Abnegation is iffy. As far as choosing (as you saw on my blog) I'd pick Dauntless. Would I pass the initiation? I honestly don't know. I definitely have a lot of fears, but I've faced them. And I face them regularly. I'd make it through the fear landscape, that's for sure. Jumping off the building might be a little more tough.

    And I'd love to be a part of a society/group where no one would question me if I got a tattoo. :)

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    1. That's great that you regularly face your fears. I'd like to think I do with certain things, but I still have so many that feel impossible to overcome. Like my crippling fear of heights, for instance. And as for your thoughts on the tattoo thing--totally agree! I'd love to get a tattoo, but my dislike/fear of needles kind of holds me back (so not Dauntless). :)

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  5. Okay, so I didn't read ahead because I'm reading Insurgent right now and I got scared of spoilers. BUT...I think I would be Amity :) Maybe I'll change my mind once I get a little farther. I just started! YAY!

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    1. I don't think I ended up spoiling anything, I just put that in because I mentioned 'Four' and that kind of gives away why he's called that. :) That's cool that you'd be Amity. I don't think I could handle living with them. I have too much of a temper at times. :) Hope you enjoy INSURGENT!

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  6. I also said that I don't think that anyone is 100% one faction (& yes, I also feel that is a point Roth is trying to make :)). I apparently lean to dauntless but I feel I have a dash of amity because I don't like violence being the answer to all problems.

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    1. I suppose Dauntless at it's original core doesn't favour violence, but they've strayed awful far from that. I wish I could be more Dauntless, but I think it's probably the lowest on my list because of my chicken-like tendencies. :)

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  7. I'm definitely more erudite than anything else. Certainly not dauntless. :)

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    1. Hear, hear. I feel exactly the same way. :)

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  8. Dauntless, without a doubt. :) Even though I do have tendencies towards many of the other factions, dauntless definitely leads the way...cause as I mentioned over on Colin's blog, I would've been the first to jump. :)

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    1. So envious, and not just because they get cool tattoos. :) I'm terribly afraid of heights, so I would never be able to take the jump. Heck, I'd have ended up street pizza just trying to jump on that moving train! :)

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  9. I'd get Dauntless + Erudite +Abnegation, to be honest. Dauntless, because I'm always trying to be brave. Erudite, because I can be very logical/nerdy (and I took ten APs in high school). Abnegation, because I care a lot about helping others, though I'm certainly not selfless. I'd pick Dauntless. ;)

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    1. That's a pretty good equation, and I'm envious of your Dauntless leanings. I wish I could be more brave, but I have far too many unconquered fears. :)

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  10. Yeah, I think Candor would be the last faction I would belong to. Doormat, I mean Abnegation, is what I thought I'd be. That or Amity. But Dauntless? Of course the zip lining is appealing. And I do have tattoos. Hmmm.

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    1. I'm way to conscious of sparing people's feelings, so Candor would be awful. The zip lining in Dauntless would probably kill me since I'm horribly afraid of heights. :) The tattoos are appealing though...but I'm afraid of needles too.

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  11. I'd like to say I'd be Erudite and I wish I was Dauntless, but I know I'd be Amity. I'm a total hippie at heart. :)

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    1. There are things about Amity that I like, but I'm a little less Kumbaya and a whole lot of book nerd. :) Totally wish I was Dauntless, though.

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  12. Aww! I hope you don't really feel like a doormat--you can totally help others while still getting your needs met. :)

    And I totally agree--I think the subtle message of the book is that people CAN'T fit neatly into these slots, and in trying to do so, this society is actually quite sinister, trying to engineer thought processes and emotions into five acceptable channels and punishing those who won't conform. But I could ramble about it for some time!

    (P.S. I hope you're enjoyign Grave Mercy!)

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    1. I suppose maybe 'doormat' is the wrong term. More like I seem incapable of saying 'no'. I like what you have to say about the books, and I totally agree with you on this.

      As for GRAVE MERCY: I'm really enjoying it! :)

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  13. You're the first one I've seen who doesn't feel somehow ashamed of getting Erudite as a result or of choosing Erudite - nice :)

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    1. Well, I'd be ashamed of being a certain type of Erudite (you know the ones I mean), but the straight up book- and knowledge-loving folks are definitely my kind of people. Hard not to let the books' events colour our opinions of that faction, though, you know? :)

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    2. Exactly! I think the worst of the Erudite were on display in Divergent and Insurgent, but knowledge isn't inherently evil - it's just another tool. Just like the Dauntless have their guns.

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  14. I found out about Veronica Roth's book relatively late (December last year) but I made sure I picked up Insurgent on Day 1. Like you said already, we are all Divergent to a certain degree, since we all exhibit traces of the ideologies of all 5 factions. But if I had to pick a faction to join, my first choice would most definitely be Erudite, Dauntless being a distant second.

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    1. Ditto. I love learning, and I'm a major scaredy cat. :)

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  15. I think my equation would be Erudite + Dauntless + Amity. The last two are such polar opposites but I think you can be brave and say no to fighting, using intelligence and peaceful discussion to stand up for yourself. And it'd be brave to say that in front of someone like Eric! But those are the three that I have traits in. I like to learn and have knowledge, I'll fight and stand up for myself and my loved ones if necessary but if I can do that as peacefully as possible I'll take it!

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  16. No way am I Candor or Dauntless. I'm an Erudite + Abnegation, with a touch of Amity. I love learning, I like doing things for others, and most of the time I'm peaceful.
    Sometimes I think I could be Dauntless despite my many neuroses--think about it, I have to face the thousand things I worry about all the time, right? Isn't that more brave than someone who isn't afraid of anything? :)

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  17. I'd probably be a mix of Amity, Candor and Erudite to be honest - I like it when things are peaceful, I am very very honest and very much for honesty in all my relationships friends family love whatevs, I LOVE learning things (I was that kid who asked "why" every 5 seconds)...so yea. :) But I agree...everyone is Divergent. No one can be fit into one 'box'.

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  18. Divergent is in my book bag for our mini-vacation this weekend! Once I've finished both, I'll get back to you on this topic. So behind the times! :)

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