Honestly, I don’t know why people keep doing that! I mean, okay, so they’re both written for teenagers, and they both have ‘T’ as their first letter. As do a million other books. So why Hunger Games and Twilight?
1. They aren’t even in the same genre. One is dystopian (future apocalypse) and one is, uh, supernatural/romance. It’s like comparing an orange to an
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2. Their plots are completely different. Twilight’s about this girl who has to choose between marrying a werewolf and a vampire, has ahem with the vampire and then marries the werewolf. The Hunger Games, on the other hand, is about a girl who has to choose between her survival and her humanity and grapple with the cruelty and oppression of her government. She finds courage, strength, and what it means to be human. In the end, she manages to salvages the crumbling ruins of her world (and gets married).
3. They make different comments about society and humanity in general. Twilight says that it’s very important to find a good partner and so you must a) take extremely long to decide b) write four thick novels about it, so as to make a more informed decision. The Hunger Games, on the other hand, comments on the human ability to feel compassion, love, and courage, even in the darkest of times, and rise above this evil that binds them. However, it also says that in the end, our efforts are futile, because humans are inherently violent, brutish and evil, and it is virtually impossible to cage this beast inside us forever. I agree with both, but somehow I think I got more out of Hunger Games than Twilight. I can get relationship advice from my mother- but thanks, Stephanie.
4. Their main characters have no similarities. Trust me when I say at all. Bella is indecisive and passive. The classic ‘save me from the tower’ Disney princess. She’s the type of girl who forces herself to go to a town she doesn’t like, then spend three chapters complaining about it. She lolls around for months when Edward rejects her, instead of just moving on with life. This is so unlike Katniss, I don’t even know what to say. Katniss is the type of girl who wouldn’t think twice about sacrificing her life to save her sister, or about risking everything she has to change the world. Katniss is strong, spunky, fearless, ruthless, feisty, stubborn, gritty, determined, passionate, hard, headstrong, and most of all, she’s very real. Not to say vampires and werewolves and a girl who actually plans to marry one of the above creatures aren’t real, of course…
As you can see, Twilight and Hunger Games are wildly different. So even though both of them are the two most popular teenage books right now (excluding Harry Potter, of course) there is really no reason to compare them ever again.
However, on a side note, there is one other similarity between them that I forgot to mention. Their soundtracks are both pretty good. Although Twilight doesn’t have songs in the book, the theme song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri is really nice. Well, at least in my opinion. Here’s a link to a post I did on the Hunger Games songs and soundtrack.