Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Movie Update: Clip Tomorrow + Insurgent News

There have been a few movie updates (mostly exciting ones!) so I thought I would give you the whole scoop at once, in case you haven’t seen anything yet. So! Three things!

First of all, a clip of the Divergent movie will be premiering tomorrow night on Entertainment Tonight and online at Yahoo Movies! (Check for your local listings here.) Check out a little preview on the Divergent Instagram page here, too: http://instagram.com/Divergent

I’ve seen the clip, and…WELL. You’ll see. It is so good.

Second, Summit Entertainment has set a release date for Insurgent: March 20th, 2015!

And, while we’re on the topic of that date, let’s get to our third item. Because the hope is that the second movie will come out March 2015, that means that everyone is getting to work pretty much right away. And sadly, since Neil Burger is still working like crazy on Divergent, he won’t be able to direct Insurgent (...unless we clone him using Calvin's Duplicator). He will, however, be sticking around as an executive producer, which is awesome, because Neil is awesome and has taken such good care of this story so far, from what I've seen.

And I can’t wait to see Divergent all put together! Ahh! (Can someone also try to borrow Calvin’s time machine?)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

News About the "Four" Stories

All right, so it's good news/bad news time.

Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes.

Bad News: the three remaining stories from Four's perspective that I've been working on, which were supposed to come out later this year/early next year, have been delayed until July 2014. They'll be bundled together and sold as a hardcover under the title Four: A Divergent Collection, with some fun extra content, and at that time they will also be released as separate e-stories (so, if you've already bought the first one, "The Transfer," you don't have to pay again for it in a collection if you don't want to).

If you are asking, incredulously, "why, Veronica? Why must you do this to us?!" My answer is: the stories turned out much meatier and more substantial than I was originally anticipating when I started them. There’s just so much going on—Tobias’s reunion with his mother, his growing disillusionment with the faction system, and some of his early moments with Tris, to name a few. So I just really, really need more time to get them right. I know it sucks, but I am sure that this extra time will result in better work and better stories for everyone to read.

Okay. Good News:

-If you already pre-ordered the second story, "The Initiate," your pre-order will not be canceled. It will just take a little longer for you to get it.
-The stories are long. As in, they're about seventy pages each, so if you add them together you get about 280 pages of Tobias's story. Which is as long as some novels. So there's more to read!
-The price for the e-stories will not change, even though they're longer than anticipated.
-The stories will be better in July than they would have been if they had come out this winter, because I'm going to work my butt off to make them that way!

Which is what I'm off to do right now, actually. 



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dublin, London, Charleston!

Today I am packing up my clothes and my lingering sickness (don't worry, fellow airplane travelers, I won't sneeze on you. Unless you hit me in the head with your luggage or something) and heading overseas for some Irish fun. And then some English fun. And then back across the Atlantic for some South Carolinian fun. And then back to my house for some sleep-for-three-weeks-straight fun. Basically, fun all around, is what I'm saying.

I'm especially excited because I've never been to these three places before, unless you count a brief stint at Heathrow Airport on my way to Romania, which I do not.

Here's the info:

Sunday, November 3rd, 3PM
Eason's O'Connell St
This event is, to my knowledge, sold out, but I wanted to mention it because I'm excited to meet those of you who are planning to attend!

Wednesday, November 6th, 6:30PM
Prince Charles Theater, Leicester Square, WC2H 7BY
Hosted by Waterstones

Saturday, November 9th
Info at the bottom of this page. The keynote conversation is sold out, but it looks like you can still pre-order signed books if you would like. [Sidebar: There are lots of restrictions listed there, because of time + anxiety reasons, but I promise I am friendly. And probably won't still be sneezy at that point. (Hopefully.)]

And now, to pet the dog one last time.


Monday, October 28, 2013

About the End of Allegiant (SPOILERS)

So, I am back from tour-- all the events last week were wonderful. The lovely Christian Madsen and Ansel Elgort joined me for the New York City stop, I read little pieces from the Four short stories in Dallas and San Francisco, and I sang backup for my brother in Downer's Grove. I met so many wonderful readers with thoughts and insights and stories and T-shirts and marshmallows, and it was a great time.

All week, people who had read Allegiant were asking me the same question, and people on the Internet were asking, too. I answered it very briefly in a spoilery MTV interview that went up today, but I wanted to post a longer answer that goes a little deeper for those of you who are interested. I'm trying to be very careful about marking spoilers, so hopefully all this works.

Warning: this post will spoil the end of Allegiant for you if you read it. Like within the first three paragraphs. So please proceed with caution. And if you quote this post on any other site, please do your fellow readers the kindness of marking or tagging spoilers well. Thank you!

(Click the "show/hide" button below for the post:)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

About That Allegiant Leak

Hey guys.

I found out earlier today that a very small number of readers received finished copies of Allegiant already, instead of on October 22nd, due to a Canadian shipping error that has since been fixed. I'm disappointed, and I'm sure you are too. I personally have been waiting, pretty much since the trilogy began, for the day when the last book would come out and we would all experience it together--you for the first time and me, with the giddy anticipation of an author who finally gets to watch everyone finish the story that has been so dear to me. That's why I've been so secretive for so long! But accidents and errors just happen sometimes.

If you are one of the people who received Allegiant early: I would love it if you wanted to wait to read it until October 22nd alongside your fellow Initiates. However, I can't blame you if that's just not going to work for you. I do ask, no matter what you decide, that out of kindness and respect for your fellow Divergent readers and their reading experiences, you do not post spoilers or quotes anywhere. I know I can count on you to preserve the mystery with me-- I may be biased, but I think I have the best readers ever.

Everyone else: I think we're still going to have a great October 22nd (and weeks immediately following). Be very wary of what you read online, and we'll come out of this just fine.

Author out.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Allegiant Quotes!

The first Allegiant quotes have been released!

(original here)

(original here)

Just forty days left until the book comes out! I can't wait. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Divergent Official First Look Tease! And National Book Festival Details

There will be some Divergent movie footage featured before the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday at 8pm ET! The video above is just a little sneak peek.

So excited!

In other, probably less exciting news, I will be at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. this year on September 21st. More info about what exactly I'll be doing, and when, and where, here: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/author/veronica_roth

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Recommendation: STARGLASS by Phoebe North

Starglass, book of amazing writer and human being Phoebe North, is out today! I read this a long time ago and pretty much immediately sent in a blurb (FYI, blurbs = those quotes from other authors that end up on book jackets and websites and so on). It is a wonderful, fascinating, well-written book.

Here is the cover:

Here's what it's about:

Terra has never known anything but life aboard the Asherah, a city-within-a-spaceship that left Earth five hundred years ago in search of refuge. At sixteen, working a job that doesn’t interest her, and living with a grieving father who only notices her when he’s yelling, Terra is sure that there has to be more to life than what she’s got.

But when she inadvertently witnesses the captain’s guard murdering an innocent man, Terra is suddenly thrust into the dark world beneath her ship’s idyllic surface. As she’s drawn into a secret rebellion determined to restore power to the people, Terra discovers that her choices may determine life or death for the people she cares most about. With mere months to go before landing on the long-promised planet, Terra has to make the decision of a lifetime–one that will determine the fate of her people.


And here is my blurb about it:

"Starglass is a richly imagined, beautifully written book. It’s science fiction, mystery, and coming of age story all wrapped into one; creative but also firmly grounded in a real human experience, with all its loss, pain, and disillusionment—but also beauty, hope, and belonging. A wonderful story."


If that sounds like something you're into, there's more info about where to get it here (under the synopsis). Happy Book Birthday, Phoebe!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

First Look at Jeanine Matthews, plus Comic-Con Details

Image by: Jaap Buitendijk, courtesy of: USA Today

First of all: check out this article about Kate Winslet as Jeanine Matthews in USA Today!

I was able to see a little bit of Kate’s Jeanine while on set, and she was incredibly good. I feel like this should shock no one, considering her level of talent, but still: wow. And even better? As a person, she is so warm and lovely.

All’s well in Divergentland! I'll be at San Diego Comic-Con this week, and here is my schedule, if you're going. I'll try to post some updates during the Con on my Twitter feed: twitter.com/veronicaroth

So. Excited.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Allegiant Tour!

First of all, I woke up to wonderful news from my editor this morning that Allegiant is going to the printer today! That means that it is OFFICIALLY DONE, and is right on track to hit shelves on October 22nd of this year. I have only one thing to say about this:


Second, I am pleased to announce the official tour stops and dates for the release of Allegiant! They are:

Tuesday, October 22nd @ 6:00PM
Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92nd St. Y
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128

Wednesday, October 23rd @ 7:00PM
7700 West Northwest Hwy. Ste. 300
Dallas, TX 75225

Thursday, October 24th @ 7:00PM
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

Saturday, October 26th @ 2:00PM
Tivoli Theater, hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop
5021 Highland Ave.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

I will also be the keynote speaker at YALLfest in Charleston, South Carolina, along with the fabulous Rae Carson, on Saturday, November 9th!

A few notes:

*All of the events listed (with the exception of YALLfest) are ticketed, which means you have to get a ticket in advance, so you should check each location’s website for more information about when tickets go on sale and what they include.

 *You can read my post about event guidelines this year here. Other things to expect: strange faces (I make them), lame jokes (I make those, too), and GOOD TIMES.

It’s going to be a good autumn, guys. I can’t wait.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Short Stories!


Short version: there are going to be Divergent e-shorts!

Four of them!

And they will be about…drumroll, please…


(See what I did there?) 

And the first one will be out on September 24th!

Long version: when my publisher approached me hoping that I would be able to write some extra Divergent content from them, I considered a few options for what I might write about, or whose perspective I might choose. Over time it became clear to me that the character I was most interested in exploring further was Four. Two reasons: first, I know his perspective is the one a lot of you are interested in reading (I get asked if I'm going to write anything else from his perspective all the time!), and hey, you're my readers and I like to write things you want to read; second, I was excited by the idea of expanding my own understanding of him, the way I did when I rewrote the knife-throwing scene from his perspective for the Free Four e-short.

For me, Four has never just been Tris’s love interest or a way for sexual tension to enter the story. He has always been a whole person with a history that affects him (and Tris) in significant ways, and a co-mover of the plot along with Tris. These stories are helping me to delve into his character in a way I never have before, and to build up parts of the world that Tris never experienced due to her limited perspective. Interestingly enough, they also affected the content of Allegiant, giving me more to draw from—awesome, right?

These stories will be longer than Free Four (Four’s retelling of the knife-throwing scene, which was only thirteen pages), and the first one will be out on September 24th. You can learn more official info here, too. And of course, I'll keep you informed of the other stories as information becomes available, too.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Divergent Movie Stills So Far

In case you missed this yesterday, Entertainment Weekly put up your first look at Theo James as Four in Divergent! I decided to put up all the stills that have been released so far here, but I recommend following the links beneath each image to the original post associated with them, because they all contain interesting/fun information about the movie.

Also, the still photographer for the movie, Jaap Buitendijk, is extremely talented. (And very kind.) Just putting that out there.

(Source: EW, image credit: Jaap Buitendijk)

 (source: EW, image credit: Jaap Buitendijk)

(source: EW, image credit: Jaap Buitendijk)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fan Voted Tour Stop! Plus: About Events This Year

I am really excited to announce that my publisher, HarperCollins, is launching a fan-voted tour stop campaign today! What that means is that you (if you live in the US-- more on that later*) can get your friends, your family, your shockingly intelligent cat, your neighbor Bob, your fifth period English teacher, whoever you want, to vote for your state, and if your state wins, I will go there on my Allegiant tour this year! I love this because it means that places that don't usually get author visits have the chance to make that happen.

Also, if you vote, you'll be entered to win a trip to one of my tour stops, too!

All of this is taking place here: http://www.epicreads.com/divergent/sweepstakes/

Segue: this feels like a good time to talk about my events this year. They're going to be a little different than they have in the past-- basically, there are going to be two rules. One is a "one book per person" rule (meaning that I'm signing and personalizing one book per person), and the other is a "no posed photos" rule. (Posed photos are when I take a break from signing and lean over the table/walk around it to take a picture with you.)

There are two reasons for these rules. The first one is time. I am extremely lucky in that my book events have gotten sort of...big. Which is amazing. But that means that the thirty seconds it takes to set up a photo, the sixty seconds it takes to sign a few books, is multiplied not just by 50 or 100, but by several hundred, and that can add a couple hours to an event that's already pretty long.

Another thing that has happened as a result of the growing size of these events is that they have become much more stressful for me. For a long time I watched rockstar authors take All The Photos and sign All the Books and they were so good at it and so calm while they were doing it that I got mad at myself for not being the same way. But recently I've accepted that everyone has a different capacity for certain things, and everyone's stress/nervousness is triggered by different things. I have isolated the things that stress me out (really long signings, lots of photos), and am trying to accommodate my own limits into my events so that I'm still able to be friendly and upbeat while I'm doing them (instead of entering panic mode).

I really hate imposing limits on my interactions with you guys. I mean, we have a special bond, right? (I think so!) But events were starting to become unmanageable for me, and we threw around a lot of solutions here on Team Divergent-- like not doing them at all, or limiting the amount of people who can come to each one-- but this is the solution we've landed on, and I'm happy with it because it means that a lot more people can come to the events, which is good for everyone, including the bookstores that will be hosting us.

Thanks for reading. When I mentioned this photo-related nervousness on Twitter last week during BEA, so many of you were so sweet about it, and I really appreciated that. As always, I love chatting with you guys when I see you in person, and it's totally fine to take pictures of me while I'm signing or speaking, neither of those things makes me nervous at all.

I can't wait to see which state I will be traveling to!

*I know, US only stuff is sad for those of you who don't live in the US. But I'm hoping to be a little more international in the near future!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Expo America!

BEA IS NEXT WEEK! Here are my answers to possible questions about it, or you can skip to the bottom of this post for my schedule while I'm there:

Book Expo America is a conference, primarily for professional industry types (publishing people! Booksellers! Etc.), but also for all variety of people from readers to authors to book bloggers to other press people, and so on. It is in New York City, at the Javitz Center. This year it takes place from May 29th to June 1st. You need a badge to get in, and you have to pay for a badge, and if you want to attend, you can find out more here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Register-Now/

Yes, I will be attending this year! And I am excited.

No, I will not be signing Allegiant there, because it comes out on October 22nd, and there will be no Allegiant ARCs (Advance Reader Copies-- early, uncorrected copies of books printed for promotional purposes).

When I say there will be no Allegiant ARCs, I mean there really won't be any Allegiant ARCs, not even under the tables for super special people, not even in my apartment, not even later this year, nowhere. NEVAH.

However, I will be signing really cool Allegiant posters for you to add to your swag collection. When my name is present on the signing schedule, that's what it means-- poster signing!

Yes, I will be giving a keynote at the BEA Children's Breakfast on May 31st at 8:00AM with Octavia Spencer, Mary Pope Osborne, and Rick Riordan. Tickets to this event may actually be sold out-- not sure-- but you can find out more information here: http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/Show-Info/Authors-and-Books/#page=page-1

Yes, I am nervous, thank you for asking.

No, just so you know, my keynote speech will not provide any more details about Allegiant that haven't already been released elsewhere. It is actually not so much about my books and more about writing, reading, and my experience with both.

TL;DR here's my BEA schedule

Thursday, May 30th
8:30AM-- there will be an Allegiant-themed stunt at the Crystal Palace entrance. If you're there, you could get a little cool somethingorother. I can't say anything more.
9:00AM-- this is when you can get a ticket to the poster signing, at booth #2039. (They are only handing out 200 tickets, FYI.)
1:00-2:00PM-- I'm signing ze posters at #2039

Friday, May 31st
8:00-9:30AM-- I'll be speaking at the Children's Breakfast in the Special Events Hall. This event is ticketed. It will be fun, though.

That's it! I won't be doing any other events in NYC because it's going to be sort of a tight schedule for me, but hopefully I will be back in the area soon.

See you there, BEAers!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Another Divergent Photo: First Jumper!

EW.com has another Divergent photo-- this one of Tris about to take her big jump into the unknown.

See it and some of director Neil Burger's thoughts here!

Thursday, May 9, 2013


So, how are you today?

I myself am doing quite well.

Why, you ask?

Well, this:

LOOK at it. Isn't it gorgeous?

Joel Tippie at HarperCollins is the creative force behind this cover, and he is so talented and always works so hard to get everything just right. (Also a shout out to Amy Ryan and Barb Fitzsimmons, also at Harper-- you guys are awesome!) I have been so fortunate to get three covers that I love. I couldn't be happier with this one and I can't wait to see all three books lined up on my shelf!

A short note about that symbol: no, it is not a faction symbol. It is, however, a symbol that appears in the book. I can't really share more than that-- you'll have to read it for yourself! (I can't wait for that either!)

Also, yes that is O'Hare at the bottom. No, I can't say more. AHH! Too many secrets.

If you missed my Today show interview with Ryan Seacrest in which we reveal the cover for the first time, you can watch it here: http://www.today.com/video/today/51828575

I am a lucky girl, to have so many amazing opportunities and great people supporting me. So much to be grateful for today.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

First Look at the Divergent Movie!

It's a photo from the knife-throwing scene, featuring our Tris!

See it and her comments about the cast and the scene here.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Set Visit (and Uriah Thoughts)!

Full disclosure: as our car approached the set, I turned to my husband and said, "I feel like I'm going to throw up." I mean, I spend most of my time in front of a screen. Set visits to the movie adaptation of the words I scrawled over winter break three years ago were never something I was anticipating. On the way there, I felt totally unprepared for what was coming, and that meant a little bit of nausea.

Spoiler alert: I didn't throw up. Instead, I calmed down, which is better.

Here's the deal: I want your first experience with this stuff, in all its detail, to be as amazing as mine was, so I'm not going to try to capture it all for you here. I'm just going to tell you, generally, what I did and how I reacted to everything. Okay? Okay.

When I first got there, they were setting up to shoot the knife-throwing scene. (What a great day to go, right?) I spent a few seconds marveling at everything, then went back to "video village" (which is where director/producer/etc. types watch the filming on screens in real time, with headphones). 

There, I abruptly got all misty-eyed, because THEY MADE ME A CHAIR. You know, one of those director's chairs, with my name on it. It's weird what kinds of things hit you the hardest in these situations. For me it's usually the little things.

Shortly after that I met the Garrett, Master of Stunts and Fights (that's not his official title, but it's what I now call him in my mind), who told me about developing a particular fighting style for the movie and taught me the Dauntless stance. I even punched a punching bag. And nearly hurt my hand, because I am a marshmallow. (Garrett is not.)

I also got to see the Pit, a train car, and an Abnegation house, about which I can only say: !!! One of the best parts of the day was that I got to meet all the craftsmen who are working on the sets after seeing their impeccable work. I was so impressed with how much effort and thought went into everything I saw, so it was really fantastic to meet the people who were making it happen.

Then the fashion geek (is that a thing? I suspect it is not) inside me freaked out, because COSTUMES. I've been curious to see what they would do with costumes, because creating outfits that are entirely one or two colors is not an easy task, sorry guys. But...damn. Did they do it. I may or may not be planning an elaborate heist in which I sneak into the area after dark and steal some clothes. (Note: that is a joke. *hides heist plans in a drawer*)

After that we returned to the knife-throwing set and I watched the scene...over and over again, because, you know, that's how shooting movies works! Strangely this did not get boring for me (even though I've written that scene from two different POVs and I've probably read it over 100 times), which is a credit to everyone involved with it. I can't say much without spoiling things, but I will say that the scene is very true to the book.

I know you're probably mostly interested in the cast, because that's who you'll actually see on the screen. Let me first say that everyone was so nice, despite the fact that, for the first half of the day, I was too stunned to form coherent sentences. The people I talked to: Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), Jai Courtney (Eric), Christian Madsen (Al), Miles Teller (Peter), Ben Lamb (Edward), Ben Lloyd Hughes (Will), Zoe Kravitz (Christina), Amy Newbold (Molly). Basically, the whole Dauntless gang.

And they were all awesome. What can I tell you? They were all SO GOOD in that scene. Every time! Which is probably why I was able to watch it so many times! Without getting tired of it! Exclamation points!

I feel like the gushing is becoming extreme, so I'm going to cut myself off. Basically, I came away with one thought at the end of the day, which is that this adaptation is incredibly thoughtful, from things like fabric and building materials and light fixtures to directing and casting and acting and script.

I want to say I can't wait until it's in theaters, but I can-- I want to take in as much of this process as I can, because it's amazing and I'm so fortunate to be able to watch it happen.

Now, to address something else-- the issue of Uriah. Some of you may have heard, and some may not, that Uriah won't be cast until the second movie, if we are fortunate enough to make another one. It is understandably disappointing when a favorite character doesn't make it on screen. However, what I do think is encouraging is that the people working on the movie are taking the role of Uriah so seriously and taking so much care to get him right.

And even though the particulars will be a little bit different, we still get the zipline scene, guys! Which I, for one, am really excited to see.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

And the title of book 3 is...



Time, Work, and (What Else?) Macklemore

The greats weren't great because at birth they could paint 
The greats were great 'cause they painted a lot.

The simplest answer to "what advice do you have for young writers/writers generally?" is "just write more." No matter how many times we hear it, we still seek out other answers, wanting them to inspire some kind of breakthrough. Even after three books I still dig through the Internet or writing books searching for some other answer, but the hard one is the simplest one is the longest term one is the best one-- return to the keys or the notepad or whatever you use to write and do it, and then do it again.

It's like a marriage-- some days it's magic and it just works. Some days it feels hard. And some days it feels like trying to drill a hole through metal with a sewing needle. But as with marriage, what helps you through those impossible days is the commitment of time. When I married him, I promised him time, all the time I was able to give him, and he promised me the same. I promised to devote myself to learning the depth of him instead of experiencing the breadth of other people. And to the craft of writing, I also promise time and devotion and learning. A lifetime of practice, as much as I can give it.

Sometimes I feel like I'm just wearing away at my days, pushing toward this goal or that event or that deadline, and I forget to enjoy what I'm doing while I'm doing it. And I do enjoy what I'm doing, every word in every line, every line on every page. The work of writing is what I love, tangling my thoughts together and then struggling to untangle them. I even love the constant failure and the constant reminder that working through failure is possible and necessary and even lovely. It's so much like life, love, friendship in that way.

Put those hours in and look what you can get
Nothing that you can hold, but everything that it is.

With this last book I got the gift of time, a full year and a half to make it happen. And about halfway through the process, I realized that time was making it possible for me to love what I was doing while I was doing it, instead of just running toward a deadline as fast as I could. The time let the book steep in me, so to speak, building strength, and even now that I have been through several rounds of revisions I'm ready, even excited, to read through it again. (It helps that this time it's copyedits, my favorite things.)

I'm not here to discuss the book itself, or build it up, or dramatize it-- it will be a creative failure in some ways and a creative success in others and that's just the way books work. But what I'm talking about, here, is the one area in which this work will never be a failure: the process. In the process, I was open to criticism but I still knew what was important to me; I worked at a steady pace and I stopped when I needed some time to think; I let myself rest and I made myself work; and I loved it, and I did it every day.

I heard "Ten Thousand Hours" yesterday and those lines up above--put those hours in and look what you can get/nothing that you can hold but everything that it is-- really struck me. Working without resentment toward that work, and the time it takes, is important for all writers to learn. When you finish a story, all that work doesn't add up to something that you can grasp, that you can see-- even if you get a finished book at the end, it's not equal to the hours. But what you will get is the work itself, the joy and the peace and the struggle of it. For me, this last book was a quiet winter, a series of cold walks to and from the local coffee shop, a giant stack of paper next to my Christmas tree, a secret I kept even from my family and friends, a few teary-eyed nights on the couch as I read through the end again and again, and a realization that I have changed and so have the things I am interested in writing about, even though I wrote about the same characters.

I don't really have a point here. I was just thinking today, look what I got from that time and that work-- days that I loved living, words that I loved writing, work that I loved doing. It's not bad. Not bad at all.


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