As The Twilight Saga comes to a close, The Hunger Games is just getting started! Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss on the cover of EW got Celebuzz staffers excited for the first film that is about to start filming in North Carolina, so we created a gallery of the similarities and differences between the two franchises.
We’ve all heard “The Hunger Games is the next Twilight” but is it really? Let’s take a closer look.
Aside from the fact they have insane fan followings- and Hunger Games is sure to be as much of a theatrical success- there are not a whole lot of similarities between the two aside from the main three-way love triangle.
Check out our side-by-side very surface level comparison of Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Warning some minor spoilers!
Bella Swan: Love drives almost every decision Bella makes. Despite her best efforts, this clumsy protagonist always gets herself into trouble and is a target for danger. The Cullen family (and werewolves too) risk their lives to keep her safe. At the end of the day Bella will do anything for Edward and visa-versa, no matter what it takes.
Katniss Everdeen: Survival and love of her family drives every decision Katniss makes. Despite the fact she cannot determine exactly how she feels romantically for fellow tribute Peeta and best friend Gale, at the end of the day Katniss will do whatever it takes to keep her sister Prim safe, no matter who she may have to deceive along the way.
Edward Cullen: Edward will do whatever it takes to protect Bella, even if it means leaving, or dying for her. He knows she would do the same.
Peeta Mellark: Peeta will do whatever it takes to protect Katniss, even if it means leaving, or dying for her. Peeta does this without knowing her exact feelings for him. Katniss constantly describes Peeta as being one of the most genuinely selfless people she knows.
Jacob Black: Bella considers Jacob her best friend despite his romantic feelings towards her. Although she pauses at the possibility that Jacob might be her future, she is hopelessly in love with Edward and can never truly consider being with anyone else.
Gale Hawthorne: Throughout the series Katniss' feelings towards Gale shift. First and foremost he is her best friend and companion, in many ways. Throughout the series Katniss can't decide how exactly she loves him. Gale will also do whatever it takes to keep Katniss safe, as will she.
The Volturi: They are the closest thing the vampire world has to a government. The Volturi are the largest and most powerful coven of vampires and enforce laws of their world. They also know how to hold a grudge.
The Capital: The Capital is the government of Panem. They created the Hunger Games after district 13 attempted to rebel against them and were consequently destroyed. The games are to remind the districts the Capitol has the power over their lives and ultimately deaths. Capital members too, know how to hold a grudge.
Carlisle: Although the entire Cullen family, and wolf pack, looks out for Bella, Carlisle acts as the leader and voice of reason in many situations involving his family (Bella included).
Haymitch: As the only District 12 tribute to ever win the Hunger Games he is automatically a mentor to Katniss and Peeta so it is his job to teach them necessary survival skills. Oh, but he's a massive drunk. Somehow Haymitch ends up taking a liking to the kids, especially Katniss, and this is shown during the games.
Charlie Swan: Bella and her relationship with her father is complicated. They didn't grow up together, but when she moves in you can tell they have a bond that doesn't need to be talked about. Bella never wants him to worry and tries to shield him from hurtful knowledge.
Prim: Prim is Katniss' sister. Their father died when the girls were younger and their mother was so traumatized that Katniss really was the parent of the family looking out for them both, particularly her sister. Katniss saves Prim from entering the games and continues to put her first before anyone else in all the books.