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Kate Winslet's film 'Divergent' joins rush of dystopian Y.A. film adaptations

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Heroine Katniss, played by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, who survives by playing her own rules, quickly becomes a threat to the government and a beacon of hope for an underground uprising.

The film, which made $691 million worldwide last year, will be followed by sequel "Catching Fire" in November, which puts Katniss back in the perilous game as society starts to find hope in opposing the regime.

That theme resonates with teens who feel powerless, who feel like adults but are still stuck in a restricted environment, said author Veronica Roth.

"To have a character who is claiming their identity in a world spinning wildly out of control and to use their means to overcome that world, I think that's a really powerful thing for a teenager to read about," Roth said.

Roth is the author of "Divergent," the first of three novels, which takes dystopia further in a society divided into five factions which define how a person lives their life.

When protagonist Tris, portrayed by Shailene Woodley, is born into the selfless Abnegation tribe but realizes she doesn't fit in, she challenges society's rules and finds a home with the Dauntless, a clan for the brave. The film, also starring Kate Winslet, is due for release in March 2014.

"'Harry Potter' had this wonderful innocent magic to it and it got darker as it went along ... maybe 'Hunger Games' takes that to the next step. We've taken it even further with 'Divergent,'" the film's director Neil Burger said.

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