Tuesday 17 October 2017

Author of hit teen novels hails talented Saoirse

Miriam Sarzynska, left, Chloe Duggan, Inez Szulc and Grainne Duggan, right, fans of the 'Divergent' series at a signing in Eason, Dublin.
Miriam Sarzynska, left, Chloe Duggan, Inez Szulc and Grainne Duggan, right, fans of the 'Divergent' series at a signing in Eason, Dublin.
Veronica Roth
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

VERONICA Roth, the 25-year-old American author of the best-selling fantasy trilogy 'Divergent', has revealed that she is a huge fan of actress Saoirse Ronan, and would love to see her cast in the upcoming film adaptations of her hit teen books.

The first of the best-selling 'Divergent' trilogy has already been made into a movie, which is due to be released in March, and Roth revealed that she would be happy if Carlow actress Ronan was cast in the upcoming movies.

"I am trying to think of what she could do. She could do anything – she's great," Roth said.

The young author was in town at a ticket-only event in Eason's, Dublin – where she met 200 fans and signed copies of the final instalment of the series – 'Allegiant' – which was released last week.

Speaking to the Irish Independent shortly before she took to the stage, Roth said she was "excited" to be in Dublin. "The city is beautiful," she said.

Some of the 200 "super-fans" who were lucky enough to snap up tickets were Alex Shelley (15), Louise Lennon-Malbasha (16) and Kirsty Byrne (15).

The trio were there as part of a larger group of 14, comprised of school friends and connections made on social media sites over their love of 'Divergent'.

Roth is not the only high-profile American fan that the Oscar-nominated Ronan has won over in recent times, as an interview with the actress in the 'New York Times' last week revealed that she had developed the most unlikely of friendships – with veteran punk queen Patti Smith.

The 'Atonement' actress said that she and Smith had a moment at the New York premiere of her recent box-office hit 'The Host', where Smith had turned up in the hope of meeting her.

"She took my hands and gave me some amazing words of wisdom," Ronan said.

The two then exchanged emails, and the 19-year-old has said that the 66-year-old rocker is the "most incredible" celebrity she has met since she was catapulted to fame.

"Out of all the people I've met through showbusiness, she's the most incredible, such a generous and kind and intelligent woman."

Irish Independent

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