I Won Divergent!

So, some of you may have seen a contest recently to win an ARC of the upcoming YA dystopian novel Divergent by Veronica Roth at Joanne Fritz's wonderful blog, My Brain on Books. We had to answer the question "If you lived in the world of Divergent, which faction would you choose--Erudite, Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless, or Candor?" in the most creative way possible. And my entry won! I'm a lucky, lucky girl to get to read Divergent early. 

I thought I'd share my winning entry. I made a video piecing together clips from a Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times (and a bit from City Lights). I took a film history class in college which ignited my love of silent films, so making this video was really fun. 


Can I also take this moment to point out how amazing Charlie Chaplin is? The stunts he does in this movie are insane. And just a little film history nerdery--Modern Times was made in 1936, a time when everyone else had already transitioned to talkies (to put it in perspective, Gone With the Wind was made only three years later, in 1939). Silent films were no longer financially viable, and audiences had long since embraced talkies over silent films, so Chaplin's decision to make a silent film in 1936 was a brave and risky one. Modern Times, Chaplin's last silent film, is often considered one of the best silent films ever made. 
At the premier for Modern Times in 1936.
Big, big thanks to Joanne for hosting the contest and picking me as the winner!