'Hunger Games' vs. 'Twilight': There Is No Comparison


hunger games katniss posterOn the surface, the similarities are there: Both originally young adult novels, both now films with a young, sexy cast, both stories revolve around a potentially ill-fated love triangle. But beyond that, The Hunger Games -- which we have to wait until March 23, 2012 to see (boo!!) -- is not and never will be Twilight. I'm with Jennifer Lawrence on this one.

The actress cast to play the HG lead, Katniss Everdeen, recently spoke up to Vanity Fair about the comparison on everyone's lips. It sounds like she was being modest, explaining, "I try not to think too much about it. Hunger Games is not Twilight ... It's really premature to say it will be the same phenomenon." Well, as good an actress as I'm sure she is, she can't fool us. She knows how huge the futuristic franchise is going to be; she's just playing nice. The fact of the matter is that Hunger Games definitely WON'T mimic the success of  Twilight. No, it's going to be even bigger.

Hold up, Twi-hards, don't hate on me just yet. Hear me out! 

Twilight is/was a tremendous smash, and we all know there's a huge audience out there for it, filled with folks of all ages. But if the films are able to truly capture the heart of the books, The Hunger Games series will appeal to an audience that's even more massive than the legions of Edward Cullen admirers. Actually, I see it being more like Harry Potter.

That's because the message underlying the post-apocalyptic madness in The Hunger Games epic could very easily strike a chord with anyone. It's almost impossible to NOT relate to the story in some way, shape, or form. It's compelling commentary on politics, war, the environment, entertainment, violence, coming of age, and above all, humanity. Sure, Twilight had something to say about ... virginity, I guess? ("Save it for marriage, or else you'll get hurt and turn into a vampire. Oh, but wait, sex while married will immediately strap you with a scary pregnancy.") But sorry, there's no deep, important, internationally relevant message in Stephenie Meyer's tales. (Unless we really have to beware a vampire takeover in the near future, heh.)

Maybe the wealth of fans who will fall for the series won't necessarily realize depth plays such a large part in why they're loving Hunger Games more than Twilight. Or maybe they'll decide it's like comparing apples to oranges. Either way, Jennifer Lawrence better steel herself, because come springtime, her life is going to change in a major way.

How do you feel about The Hunger Games being called the next Twilight?


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Lulu_B Lulu_B

Hunger Games is in a different league than Twilight. And it actually isn't even really focused on the love triangle that much. I mean, it's a part of the story, but it's not what it's all about. I love Twilight, but I LOVE Hunger Games. Better story, better characters, better writing.

purpl... purple_creeper

How dare u compare to HP. Shame on u. . .Never heard of this outside of cafemom. . . .The fact that is post-apocaliptic just makes we yawn. . .HOW MANY STORIES ABOUT THIS HAVENT WE ALL EITHER WATCHED OR READ? ill give it a try cuz im always up for a good read. . .But who knows. I didnt finish reading breaking dawn cuz it got boring so im not going to defend the twilight comparison

nonmember avatar S.

The Hunger Games series kicks Twilight's ass. Yes, there's a love triangle, but Katniss has so much more going on than Bella. I can't wait to see the movie.

Tiffany Balmer

so im in the middle of Mockingjay and i read The Twilight Saga and there is no comparison i cant believe they even said that Jennifer Lawrence is right its completely different, everything it talks about is opposite. The Hunger Games could actually happen and Twilight(only in your dreams). #TeamPaulEmmettJacobJasperEdward #TeamPeetaGaleCinna

fraoch fraoch

@purple_creeper - I felt the same as you. I put off reading this series until I absolutely had nothing else to read one day and while at target I saw it and figured, wth, it's only $12 so I got it. I couldn't put it down, I was drawn w/i the first chapter. 2 days later, I've read all 3 books, bawled at the ending and have since reread them over and over and over. Harry Potter? No, not so much, not in the sense of the magical, but the desire to see Katniss overcome all odds is as strong as with wanting HP to destroy Moldyshort.

I totally suggest you read it, even if you think post-apocaliptic books make you yawn...I felt, hell still feel, the same way. I was thinking Mad Max when it was described to me...it is soooooo good though. As one reader to another, I hope you read it!! It's worth it!

BTW, I'm not a twilighter person at all and couldn't get into any of her books despite reading them to ensure my (at the time) tween could read them. I can't stand the storyline or the idea of Vamps being all lovey dovey and 'vegan' and blah blah blah.

jagam... jagamama0710

I really don't think you can compare them, aside from the fact that they're young adult novels and being made into movies. They're completely different. 

I like Twilight but, imo, The Hunger Games is way better. Twilight was an easy and entertaining read and I do enjoy the movies but that's pretty much it for me. The Hunger Games sucked me in and made me think. They are incredible books and I cannot wait for these movies. And you're right, it will have a much wider audience. It's definitely not just a "girl" thing!

Also, I think Woody Harrelson is going to be a perfect Haymitch! :) 

Lisa Moore

I haven't read them but I pretty much have to now, you guys make it sound soo good. Also not a twilight fan, I was surprised it got such a huge ADULT audience, I like my vampires True Blood style.

nonmember avatar ashlee

Hunger games kicks Twighlights butt! Liked Hunger games every bit as much as Harry Potter. Can't wait to see if they can pull it off in a movie. Easily the most imaginative book/series I have ever read. (I read a lot!) Anticipating Hunger Games 3xs as much as Breaking Dawn.

purpl... purple_creeper

I LOVE HP! I have reread the books so many times i just love how they make me use my imagination. I will read hunger games. . . .I mean i read twilight and at the end it got kind of lame. . .Why not invest my time in something that all of u gals are saying is awesome. Dont know when but will def. read it before the movie comes out c:

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