Hunger Games VS. Twilight
The Twilight and Hunger Games comparisons are endless, with both teen novels turning into blockbusters. Yesterday the hype and big comparisons continued as the HG trailer debuted on the same day The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiered in Los Angeles. Although the characters can come alive on the big screen, some fans believe there’s nothing quite like reading the books.
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games hits theaters in March of 2012, but how good was the novel? One Amazon customer shares:
“Wow. I was barely able to put this book down for a second after the first few pages got me completely hooked. Suzanne Collins narrative here has an immediacy to it that, when combined with the very dramatic life-or-death plot, is incredibly compelling.”
Another Hunger Games reader wrote:
“I was worried that the book wouldn’t live up to my expectations since I heard from so many people how great it was… Boy, I hated when I had to put this book down to go to bed at night. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next because so many different things were thrown at us. I have the second book Catching Firesitting right here, and I can’t wait to dive into it!”
Of course we’ve come to know and love the Twilight franchise on screen, but just how did it fair in novel form? A reader says:
“What makes the book so captivating is Edward. He is romantic, adoring, protective, trustworthy, and madly in love with an average girl. He is also brilliant and deadly. What girl doesn’t want to imagine a man like that for herself?”
But another Twi-hard wasn’t quite as impressed with the final book, writing:
“My greatest objection to this book lies in the fact that it was a vast departure from what I consider the essence of the characters. I loved the first three books. I loved them deeply… Breaking Dawn, sadly, is a departure from this. I felt that there was a definite agenda throughout this book; namely, that it needed to accomplish a dramatic finale to an epic trilogy. In an attempt to achieve that happily ever after, it seemed that the rules Stephenie had given us from the first three books had to be thrown out the window.”
Bella Swan: Love drives almost every decision Bella makes. Despite her best efforts, this clumsy protagonist always gets herself into trouble and is a target for danger. The Cullen family (and werewolves too) risk their lives to keep her safe. At the end of the day Bella will do anything for Edward and visa-versa, no matter what it takes.
Katniss Everdeen: Survival and love of her family drives every decision Katniss makes. Despite the fact she cannot determine exactly how she feels romantically for fellow tribute Peeta and best friend Gale, at the end of the day Katniss will do whatever it takes to keep her sister Prim safe, no matter who she may have to deceive along the way.
Edward Cullen: Edward will do whatever it takes to protect Bella, even if it means leaving, or dying for her. He knows she would do the same.
Peeta Mellark: Peeta will do whatever it takes to protect Katniss, even if it means leaving, or dying for her. Peeta does this without knowing her exact feelings for him. Katniss constantly describes Peeta as being one of the most genuinely selfless people she knows.
Jacob Black: Bella considers Jacob her best friend despite his romantic feelings towards her. Although she pauses at the possibility that Jacob might be her future, she is hopelessly in love with Edward and can never truly consider being with anyone else.
Gale Hawthorne: Throughout the series Katniss’ feelings towards Gale shift. First and foremost he is her best friend and companion, in many ways. Throughout the series Katniss can’t decide how exactly she loves him. Gale will also do whatever it takes to keep Katniss safe, as will she.
The Volturi: They are the closest thing the vampire world has to a government. The Volturi are the largest and most powerful coven of vampires and enforce laws of their world. They also know how to hold a grudge.
The Capital: The Capital is the government of Panem. They created the Hunger Games after district 13 attempted to rebel against them and were consequently destroyed. The games are to remind the districts the Capitol has the power over their lives and ultimately deaths. Capital members too, know how to hold a grudge.
Carlisle: Although the entire Cullen family, and wolf pack, looks out for Bella, Carlisle acts as the leader and voice of reason in many situations involving his family (Bella included).
Haymitch: As the only District 12 tribute to ever win the Hunger Games he is automatically a mentor to Katniss and Peeta so it is his job to teach them necessary survival skills. Oh, but he’s a massive drunk. Somehow Haymitch ends up taking a liking to the kids, especially Katniss, and this is shown during the games.
Charlie Swan: Bella and her relationship with her father is complicated. They didn’t grow up together, but when she moves in you can tell they have a bond that doesn’t need to be talked about. Bella never wants him to worry and tries to shield him from hurtful knowledge.
Prim: Prim is Katniss’ sister. Their father died when the girls were younger and their mother was so traumatized that Katniss really was the parent of the family looking out for them both, particularly her sister. Katniss saves Prim from entering the games and continues to put her first before anyone else in all the books.
Rosalie Hale: Edward’s sister Rosalie is never outwardly friendly towards Bella, resentful that Bella has a choice and wants to be a vampire rather than live. But, at the end of the day Rosalie does what it takes to keep Bella safe.
Johanna Mason: Johanna is a female victor from district 7, however she doesn’t appear until the second novel, ‘Catching Fire.’ Katniss never fully trusts Johanna, especially because she keeps going out of her way to make sure Katniss stays alive. It is revealed why she feels an alliance towards Katniss at the end of book two.
Alice Cullen: Edward’s sister is Bella’s closest girlfriend, and in some ways best friend (no blurry love stuff like with Jacob!). Alice loves to make Bella more girly, and looks out for her relationship with Edward.
Rue: Katiness meets Rue during the Hunger Games and they form a bond. Rue reminds Katniss of her sister Prim and she feels very protective over her, although both girls equally look out for each other.