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  #1  
March 21st, 2012, 09:19 AM
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Do you think Hunger Games will be as big as Twilight?

If you have read both, which do you think was better?
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March 21st, 2012, 11:33 AM
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Hunger games was better written I think. Even though it was aimed at a younger audience, just the style of writing out did twilight.

I don't know about the movies. We'll have to see in the coming weeks/months how that will go
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March 21st, 2012, 12:51 PM
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I can't put Hunger Games down! Will I like Twilight too?
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March 21st, 2012, 12:57 PM
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I haven't read any of the twilight books, I'm not a 'vampire' person I guess. I liked the first hunger games book, but the others two were kinda a disappointment. I would have been fine stopping after the first book. I don't have my hopes up for liking the movie, so maybe it'll surprise me!
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March 21st, 2012, 01:40 PM
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I'm onto book two of Hunger Games and I'm LOVING IT! I never read Twilight so I can't say which series were better. I think Hunger Games will out do Twilight in the box office because the story line itself is so much different. Vampires and werewolves are great plot lines, but there are many movie plots out there like Hunger Games.
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March 21st, 2012, 01:42 PM
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As far as if HG will be as big as Twilight, I am not sure.

Personally, I liked HG much better than T and Katniss Everdeen is a much better main character than Bella Swan. At least in the books. I'll have to wait until I see the movie to compare Jennifer Lawrence with Kristen Stewart.

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I'm onto book two of Hunger Games and I'm LOVING IT! I never read Twilight so I can't say which series were better. I think Hunger Games will out do Twilight in the box office because the story line itself is so much different. Vampires and werewolves are great plot lines, but there are many movie plots out there like Hunger Games.
Not that there is a movie about it at this time but Hunger Games is similar in many ways to The Giver by Lois Lowry.
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I'm not familiar with The Giver
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March 21st, 2012, 02:58 PM
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I loved the Giver. Was a required book in my Middle School

Jennifer, Twilight is one of those series that I can say "you'll love it" and you could hate it. I loved it, but Meyer writes the same way I do. I'd also call it an immature writing sense. But there are many more YA books out there that are just as good, or better.
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I loved the Giver. Was a required book in my Middle School
Yeah, I read it years ago and was excited when my daughter read it last year.

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I'm not familiar with The Giver
Here's a little blurb about it.
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Thanks for the replies. I downloaded the HG trilogy so I will see how I like books 2 and 3. My students can't get enough of Hunger Games. Want to get a class of hyper 6th graders under control? Read them this book! Students who don't remember what you told them 30 minutes ago come to school the next day recalling all of the events.
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As far as if HG will be as big as Twilight, I am not sure.

Personally, I liked HG much better than T and Katniss Everdeen is a much better main character than Bella Swan. At least in the books. I'll have to wait until I see the movie to compare Jennifer Lawrence with Kristen Stewart.


Not that there is a movie about it at this time but Hunger Games is similar in many ways to The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Seriously... thanks for the reference. I was thinking of ways to connect the book to other books for my class and you are right, it is very similar to The Giver. Not sure if a lot of my students will have read The Giver but I can give them a rundown!

I CANT STAND Twilight. LOVE The Hunger Games. Today a student of mine yelled "HEY JENN! NO ONE GETS THE REFERENCE!" And did the 3 finger kiss to me. It was awesome, and everyone was all "WHAT IS THAT FROM!?!?!" Lol We just giggled Looooove my students, can't wait to teach the second book!
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March 22nd, 2012, 06:48 AM
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The Hunger Games is by far the superior series. For starters, The Hunger Games has a moral, and a complex, thought-provoking one at that. (Spoiler alert for those who haven't read Book 3): As I see it, the moral of The Hunger Games has to do with the value of individual human life and how acceptable it is for lives to be sacrificed in pursuit of a larger goal. On the one hand, we have Peeta, the eternal idealist who is unwilling to take any human life, ever. On the other hand, we have Gale, the realist, who is willing to do absolutely anything that it takes (including killing small children) in order to take down the Capitol. And in the middle, we have Katniss. She is the ideal blend. Yes, she is willing to kill if she has to, but she never forgets the sacrifice, not for one moment. She is constantly counting and naming the number of human beings who have died (either directly or indirectly) by her hand, and she is wracked with guilt for every one of them. She makes a book to remember all of them by name. She knows that sometimes lives need to be lost in order to save other lives, but it's not a decision she makes lightly.

This is thought-provoking stuff. Twilight has nothing on this. The moral of Twilight, as far as I can tell, is "It's nice when powerful, handsome men fight over you." Bella has no strength at all as a heroine. Other people are constantly having to rescue her. Twilight is just fun escapism for girls who wish they could be Bella. There's nothing wrong with it, and it's a fun read, but it has no staying power. It's a flash in the pan. Stephanie Meyer did a good job of creating an interesting twist on our traditional conception of the vampire, but that's about it. (And actually, The Host was by far her better book, anyway).

Now, honestly, I don't think that EITHER The Hunger Games or Twilight will have any real lasting power beyond the next five years or so. They're both basically fads. They're not on the epic scale of, say, Harry Potter for example. But of the two, The Hunger Games is definitely better.

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Ever since I bought the three Hunger Games books for my Nook, BarnesandNoble.com has been recommending all kinds of young adult dystopian fiction to me. I'm a sucker for it, so I recently bought Unwind by Neal Shusterman. Amazon.com: Unwind (9781416912057): Neal Shusterman: Books I very highly recommend it. Plot synopsis: there's a second civil war in the United States between the pro-life and the pro-choice armies. (This is not outside of the realm of possibility). They eventually come up with a fairly horrifying compromise, and the teens who are the heroes of this story are the victims of it. The book has similar themes to The Hunger Games, concerning the value of individual human life etc. The premise is initially a bit hard to swallow, but if you can get past that then the rest of the book is extremely thought-provoking.
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March 22nd, 2012, 07:23 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I downloaded the HG trilogy so I will see how I like books 2 and 3. My students can't get enough of Hunger Games. Want to get a class of hyper 6th graders under control? Read them this book! Students who don't remember what you told them 30 minutes ago come to school the next day recalling all of the events.
I just started book 2 on Friday, hadn't read all weekend, and I'm almost done with it. I couldn't put it down last night.
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I just started book 2 on Friday, hadn't read all weekend, and I'm almost done with it. I couldn't put it down last night.
My 12 year old daughter didn't want to read the first book because she was bothered by the thought of it being violent(the games) but she finally decided to read the first page and was hooked. She's finished the series and is badgering dh to read them. Mil is reading them too. lol
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It really gets addicting. lol
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I finished book one. Totally addicting! My nephew read it and my mother-in-law is getting ready to read it too. Book 2 awaits me!
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I started book 3 last night.
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It should be an interesting weekend for HG
'Hunger Games' Box Office Predictions -- Matinees $138+M Weekend
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Rival movie studios looking at early matinee grosses (which are dominated by pre-sales) tell me that Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games may beat the most recent Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One opening weekend gross of $138 million. That would be an extraordinary result since this is only the first in The Hunger Games franchise trilogy.
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I'm waiting to get my books! So excited to read them.
I never liked Twilight, the movies, since they were teeny bopper sparkling vampires, and that's not old-school enough for me.
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