Divergent's Veronica Roth Clarifies "Smut" Quote and her feelings on YA Sex Scenes

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent Trilogy, was recently interviewed about her feelings about sex scenes in teen/YA novels. After feeling that some of her quotes were out of context in the article, Veronica felt the need to speak out.  The quote in question which was given even greater emphasis by being also used in the title. "I didn't want to have smut on the page. I don't want to titillate.".  

Veronica tweeted:

There's this quote of mine floating around about not wanting "smut" on the page-- a few remarks:

1. Sex scenes are not always "smut," that's not what I meant. The quote was a little out of context.

2. I meant that when approaching the issue I wanted to be careful that nothing was gratuitous & was all about showing intimacy. That's all.

I've read a lot of wonderful sex scenes in YA that work for the story and the characters. The trick was figuring out MY story and MY characters.

From fan Julia Graf: Honestly it was so unclear to me whether your two main characters even had sex or not. I thought it was meant to be ambiguous?

"It was, definitely." answered Veronica.

Read the full interview here.  We would like to know your thoughts on Tris and Four.  Do you think they had sex in Allegiant or a heavy make out session?

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Tags: allegiant book, four, sex scene, smut, tris, veronica roth

Comment by DauntlessCupcakes on January 19, 2014 at 3:49pm

a heavy makeout session cuz there was nothing to imply that they did? How bout you @FirstJumper?

Comment by Jordan on January 20, 2014 at 4:23am

I never thought it more than a heavy make out session. Maybe it's because majority of the sex scenes I read in ya/Na books are very clear cut and can not be mistaken for anything else so I just assumed it was nothing more. when this discussion was brought up I was surprised.

Still I never thought they had sex. I guess it makes it a bit easier to think that Tobias and Tris didn't do such a incredibly intimate act for them only to have her die shortly after. If they'd have done it then I probably would have been a bigger blubbering mess.

Comment by AmitySoul on January 20, 2014 at 10:39am

I don't think they did it because, well, I never felt like it was implied that way. I'm really glad that Veronica Roth wrote it as a scene that was very vague. That way people can interpret it any way they want. I think that scene meant different things to different people and I'm glad it was written that way.

Comment by Yara Mohamed on January 22, 2014 at 11:20am
a heavy makeout session ........ nuthing else
Comment by Georgia Prior on January 22, 2014 at 4:31pm

I Think they did in allegiant

Comment by Karategirl537 on January 24, 2014 at 7:06am
This is 100% off topic, but look what I found http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&list=WL&v=jR6Kz5BHySs do you think it's a real?
Comment by Haley Cox on January 24, 2014 at 5:36pm

I've always assumed that they did it in Allegiant... 

Comment by barbara corker on January 24, 2014 at 8:32pm

I think it was probably a passionate makeout session...remember what Tobias has said about the Dauntless and sex. I don't understand why VR would shy away from saying or letting them have sex..She sure doesn't draw a line where maiming and killing young people was happening all around her and 16 year olds were treated as adults!

Comment by midwesterngirl2015 on February 1, 2014 at 7:36pm
Well, I found an interview on YouTube and the interviewer asked Veronica if they had sex and she said "It's up to the reader but I have a very strong opinion on it." And the lady said "would the fans and I like this opinion?" And Veronica said, "I think the probability of that would be very high." So im I'm assuming yes, they had sex.

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