No one can deny the similarities between The Hunger Games series and the Divergent series, but during the dystopian craze lots of books seemed very similar. I’m not sure which one I like better, but they both have their perks.
The Hunger Games
Characters: I couldn’t stand Katniss at some points because she was so whiny and constantly throwing a pity party for herself. The Gale-Katniss-Peeta thing was aggravating since Katniss could never make up her mind about which one she loved. Are you Team Gale or Peeta? I like Gale better in the books, but they built up Peeta much more in the movies. When I first read them, I was completely on “team Gale”, but now I jump back and forth. Even though Katniss annoyed me sometimes, many of the characters really were fantastic (Finnick, Rue, Cinna, Haymitch etc.). Who is your favorite?
Plot: I didn’t like the whole kids killing kids thing. That being said, I was so drawn into the story that as soon as I finished Catching Fire, I begged my mom to take me to a bookstore because I had to start Mockingjay (It had just come out). I have reread the series 3 times since. I’m trying to reread them again too before I see Mockingjay Part 2. I think that goes to show how good they are.
The Movies: The Hunger Games movies are so good. They did a great job of sticking to the books (even though they left out some good parts, but you can’t keep everything). The movies have all gone above and beyond what I expected. (I haven’t seen Mockingjay Part 2 yet, but I have high expectations).
Characters: Tris is easier to not hate. Most of the characters in the Divergent series are fantastic (except for Caleb and David. Gah! Scumbags. I really don’t like them.) Tobias/Four is pretty *ahem* good. 😉 I enjoyed the dynamic between Tris and Christina and many of the other characters. Tobias is certainly a lovely character, and I loved how he was slowly revealed. It was like we got to know him as the books progressed instead of all at once. Do you like Four? Who is your favorite character? Who is your least favorite?
Plot: I remember when I first read the series, I was obsessed. It wasn’t quite as hyped as THG yet, and I don’t like reading books that are super hyped because then I have too high of expectations and am normally disappointed. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t know what was going to happen. The ending killed me, but such is life.
The Movies: Divergent was good. Insurgent was very off from the books, but I still enjoyed it. After seeing the Allegiant trailer, I’m not expecting it to be anything like the book. At this point, I’m not going to try to compare the book to the movie, but just try to enjoy Allegiant as if it were something else. I’m sure it will be great, just not accurate. I wonder what Veronica Roth thinks about the movies? Have you seen the Allegiant trailer? What did you think? Do you agree with me? Do you like the books or the movies better?
Overall, I love them both, I plan to reread both of them (THG within the next couple of weeks). I enjoyed the way The Hunger Games was written better, but I enjoyed the Divergent concept more. There are many notable characters in both. I cried (okay, sobbed) in both of them, but also laughed a lot. They are both fantastic.
What do you think about The Hunger Games and/or Divergent? Which is your favorite? Who are your favorite characters? Is there anything you don’t like about them? Please feel free to discuss–this is a discussion.