The closer and closer we get to the theater release of The Hunger Games, the more and more the media compares it to Twilight. It has gotten really old really fast. To be honest, the comparisons really don’t make sense to me at all, and I’m not the only one who feels that way, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson is just as lost.
“Honestly, I’ve always thought of them as very different animals,” answered Jacobson when prompted about the comparisons at a recent Hunger Games roundtable discussion. “I think that they have actually very different fan bases and they are very different books. And so, honestly, I’ve never really understood the comparison and…it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, honestly, because I think they’re quite distinctive books. Very, very different.”
Exactly, they are VERY different. Twilight is a giant sack of romantic escapism – it’s all about the romance between human Bella, vampire Edward, and even werewolf Jacob. There’s nothing wrong with romance novels, but that is was Twilight is. As for The Hunger Games, it’s not a paranormal romance, it’s set in a futuristic world and is about survival. The setting, the characters, and even the general tone of these two books are worlds apart.
“I think [‘The Hunger Games’ is] actually a very contemporary book,” said Jacobson later. “And I think it speaks to the divisions between the 99 percent and the 1 percent, and I think it speaks to young people and their anxieties about the future that awaits them. And I think it’s a book that is very relevant to the times that we live in, a time where sort of celebrity and the gloss of reality TV and of the quest for fame overshadows larger social ills that people also need and want to talk about. And I think the fact that the book marries those things makes it very relevant.”
The only things Twilight and The Hunger Games have in common are that both films are owned by the same studio and they are both based on popular teen books. That’s about it.
So why does the media feel the need to constantly compare the two? Or try to create an imaginary rivalry between them? I don’t understand it. Is it simply because they are both popular? I don’t know.
What are your thoughts on all this nonsense?