30 Reasons 'The Hunger Games' is NOT 'Twilight'

Originally Written by Anthony Fertino



  1. Our protagonist is brave, strong, and perseveres.
  2. Men are not her biggest concern, and do not determine her choices entirely.
  3. This story is grounded in realism rather than fantasy, founding some actual form of jeopardy and therefore excitement.
  4. This film will have a competent composer.
  5. THG utilizes themes which transcend the life of our protagonist. She is merely the catalyst in her world rather than the world itself.
  6. Therefore her actions matter even more, and the stakes are higher.
  7. The moral ambiguity of survival serves as a primal and therefore universal conflict allowing the story to be accessible to more than one gender.
  8. However forced the rest of the cast is, our lead is absolutely most allowed some form of depth through casting and writing source. All of the Twilight cast was designed from plastic characters, resulting in equally bland characters in the film’s adaptation; especially the lead.
  9. However much the studios have attempted to control The Hunger Games and mold it into a marketable plastic product (Rue’s whistle a la Bella’s Lullaby), the source material and its author have given the studios a leash of some kind, while Twilight as a source material was created with the exact same goal of selling rather than expressing.
  10. Katniss is completely self-sacrificing while Bella is incredibly self-absorbed at every-turn.
  11. The world in which The Hunger Games exists has some parallel to our own, involving the audience in questioning everything rather than Twilight, which suggests to question absolutely nothing.
  12. The action of the story propels the characters and plot forward equally.
  13. This story is not glamorous; it is blunt about bloodlust and corruption and violence.
  14. Peeta, one of our protagonist’s love interests, happens to be quite helpless most of the time. He was not designed for fans, or for anybody. He is his own character.
  15. Katniss’ love interests have actual reasons for falling for her: Gale has been her friend for a long time, and the friend barrier often becomes a thin line, while Peeta has also known her since youth (the famous moment of gifting bread) and very clearly respects her.
  16. There is a distinct villain (President Snow) involved with a goal of maintaining control by every means possible who presents new personal conflicts to Katniss, such as threatening family, rather than a maelstrom of random events happening due to the weight of the love interests.
  17. Suspense is well-crafted as a result of understanding our main character may very well die, because even before her life is thrown into the actual Hunger Games she is set up as a Symbol. Symbols are immortal while their human counterparts, in literature, are dispensable. A main character can only die in cinema successfully if their emotional or physical goal is obtained through death, a la Oscar-heavy Gladiator. Therefore, Katniss is allowed to die from the beginning of the competition. We do not know.
  18. To-the-death competitions have long been a part of human history. This generates plausibility, and human violence is much more misunderstood than the aggression of animals: even fictional ones, such as Vampires or Werewolves, whose mythologies have been exhausted in cinema since Nosferatu of 1922 and The Wolf Man (1941).
  19. In addition, new danger which we do not understand but exists in Katniss’ world is even more-so frightening because we are not familiar with it. Vampires are no longer frightening because of our immense vocabulary of their mythology. The many creatures, including insects and birds, present incredibly unique challenges.
  20. However strong Katniss proves to be, she still has her weaknesses, and those flaws not only make her more human and relatable but also more vulnerable. Bella is considerably straight-forward as an angst-ridden teen and has two love interests of supposedly unmatched strength, keeping her quite safe at any given moment, never exposed.
  21. The basic initial problems established at the beginning of the story for Katniss and Bella are respectively: I must provide food for my family and hope my sister is not chosen to kill other children, and; I must live in a small town now where there isn’t any sun.
  22. Jennifer Lawrence can act, as displayed in X-Men: First Class when portraying a more vulnerable and human Mystique disgusted with her unnatural reptilian appearance; Kristen Stewart has one expression.
  23. There is never any question Bella will NOT choose Edward, because she belongs to the Ideal Romance world, where first love is true love, and Jacob is never more than a temptation away. Katniss very sincerely is unable to choose between Peeta or Gale, and it is distinctly unclear who she will love. Essentially, she is more mature, and her relationships are therefore all the more interesting for it.
  24. Katniss’ feelings for Peeta are made even more unpredictable due to the Capitol’s insistence to use the relationship for ratings and dramatic effect. Two actors forced to act in love often find it difficult to define how they feel for each other outside of performing. Whereas: Bella is entirely in love with Edward and their biggest concern is that he will hurt her; so, there is little actual romantic conflict here.
  25. The story has momentum, clearly building towards the inevitable climax in which Katniss’ actions directly impede on the goal of the Capitol and she fulfills the job of surviving the competition and saving Peeta and Prim and still manages to become the rebel society needs.
  26. Katniss always has responsibility, while Bella has zero responsibility.
  27. The world of The Hunger Games is so adverse that all of our characters have matured, and the result is characters that handle conflicts in equally mature temperament. This increases emotional ante, and stretches the Young Adult register it targets.
  28. While The Hunger Games has a story with Katniss as the backbone, the inclusion of numerous other characters that actually affect her life generates an arc which effectively demonstrates a more expanded world.
  29. These characters have personalities and directly matter to the plot, while most of the characters of Twilight are no more than cardboard cutouts for removal in battle or making things happen to the love interests.
  30. Any drama is not overly dramatic, which more sufficiently establishes sympathy in The Hunger Games, while Twilight presents the most melodramatic drama possible, resulting in the impression of a Soap Opera on the silver screen rather than an actual film.