First of all, my apologies to readers of Twilight. Guys, I'm one of you. In 2008, I picked up the book to see what the hype was about. I didn't think it was too bad, and then I picked up the next book, New Moon, and then I fashioned a noose, in order to hang myself - it was just that bad.
A month ago, I watched The Hunger Games and decided that I would begin reading the books because I really loved the characters and the story. I was not disappointed. So here's my list of reasons why The Hunger Games is better than Twilight.
1. Katniss is a 16 year old girl who sacrifices her life to save her little sister from basically, death; that's brave and heroic. Bella wants to sacrifice her life for a very pale boy who's basically a stalker; that's pathetic.
2. The Hunger Games has a love triangle, and so does Twilight, but here's the difference: Bella has to choose between a werewolf - who takes his shirt off every chance he gets - and Edward who's sparkly and listens to classical music because he's basically an old dude, (like he's literally a 100 years old).
Peeta saved Katniss' life by feeding her bread when she was starving. He also does everything to save her in the arena which includes nearly getting himself killed. He paints, bakes, has a sense of humor and watches over her in a non-creepy way to make sure she's always safe. Gale hunts with her, confides in her about all his political views; they have intellectual conversations and he also teaches her how to kill stuff.
Also, she sort of doesn't obsess 24/7 about which boy to choose because she's more concerned with like saving her district, her family, also stuff like her humanity. Those things are more important than a boyfriend - a lesson that preteen girls reading Twilight are not receiving.
3. Vampires in high school...that's so original. Um, Buffy anyone? Even though kids fighting to the death may not be extremely original (Battle Royale, Lord of the Flies) Suzanne Collins got the idea channel surfing between news reports of the Iraq war and a reality TV show like Survivor, whereas Stephanie Meyer got it from a dream of hers. Everyone is super interested to hear about other peoples' dreams.
4. Edward sparkles in the sunlight. That is such a useful skill, you guys.
He's also basically as hard as stone; that sounds really comfy. Meanwhile, Peeta can bake lovely carbs and Gale can bring in turkey for Thankgiving.
5. The Hunger Games contains political themes, ideas about morality & humanity, as well as philosophy.
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