With the release of the highly anticipated Hunger Games movie ever looming, I have become intensely offended with the media’s constant comparison of the Hunger Games and Twilight. Any person that has read the Hunger Games books and the Twilight books (or seen the movies) can tell you that these series are completely different. The only real similarity I can think of between these two books is the crack like addiction that they instill in their readers. Withdrawal like symptoms (shortness of breathe, shakiness, cold sweats, and fever) seemed to precipitate in myself when my life pulled me from reading both Twilight and the Hunger Games. I would find myself not going to parties, because I couldn’t put these books down. Stephanie Meyers brainwashes her readers somehow to keep reading her crappy books. Exactly how she does it is still under my own personal investigation. Luckily, I snapped out of my mind warp before I wasted my time reading the last book, Breaking Dawn. The Hunger Games, unlike Twilight, is a fantastic series with actual themes, suspenseful and compelling storylines, and admirable characters. Here is a list further describing the differences between these two book series.
First, the main characters of these series couldn’t be more different. Katniss Everdeen is a strong, self-sufficient, and brave young woman willing to sacrifice her life for the safety of her younger sister. She also stood up to her repressive government and became the face of the rebellion against it. So in much fewer words, Katniss Everdeen is a badass. Bella Swan, on the other hand, is a bland, dependent, whiny, selfish, and desperate individual that seems to lack any common sense. The ONLY thing that matters to her is being with her vampire boyfriend. She doesn’t seem to care about the years of vampire werewolf conflicts that will ensue from her decisions. I can’t believe I just used the term vampire werewolf conflict in a sentence, but I digress. The most disturbing thing about Twilight is that Bella is not the type of female role model young girls should be aspiring to be. For the past fifty years, woman have been working towards becoming financially and emotionally independent from men and Bella Swan’s weak and dependent nature seems to undermine all the progress this women’s movement has made. I wish Katniss and Bella could somehow face off in a Hunger Games. We all know who would survive that match up. Bella would probably be in a fetal position crying for Edward to save her, because heaven forbid she actually save herself.
Second, the Hunger Games has relevant and thought provoking themes. The Hunger Game’s pages contain themes of survival, sacrifice, injustice, and courage. The only theme from Twilight (if you can call it a theme?) is desperation.
Third, Stephanie Meyer’s is unbelievably arrogant and can’t just accept that she wrote a silly book meant for mindless reading. She even had the nerve to compare herself to Jane Austen!! Lets just wait about 250 years and see if your tween love story stands the test of time, Stephanie. Plus, Austen’s books are satirical depictions of the late 18th century’s views on status, marriage, and wealth. What satirical depiction of the 21st century are you trying to make Stephanie? Maybe it’s that relationships with supernatural beings are difficult. Oh wait, vampires aren’t real!!!
Fourth, the Hunger Games movie actually has a decent cast. Jennifer Lawrence is one of the youngest actresses ever to be nominated for an Oscar. Donald Sutherland, Josh Hutcherson, and Stanley Tucci have all proven themselves as well. But, where do I even begin when it comes to the Twilight cast. Taylor Lautner should never ever be allowed to star in any major motion picture. He is worse than Kristen Stewart in my opinion (but not much). Kristen Stewart’s form of acting involves a lot of blinking and looking incredibly uncomfortable at all times. Stewart’s awkwardness on screen really isn’t that surprising considering how painful awkward she is in real life.
So basically, the Hunger Games rules and Twilight drools.