The Hunger Games sooooo wants to be like Twilight

Dear Hunger Games,

(Yes LTT reader, you’re in the right place) I want to tell you a story about a picture- a picture I saw THREE Years ago that changed my life. A picture that, after I saw was accompanied by a video about the making of the picture, I spent hours watching and wondering about trying to figure out what was going on with the characters .

In this picture the lead female was wearing converse. The two men she is torn between are both present in the picture, but you wouldn’t know yet that there is a love triangle. There are hunky dudes. There’s a black guy. Some of the guys are pretty short- like it would have been better had they made him stand on a box. There are girls clinging to their male friends. The colors were raw & bland- almost sepia like. They were in a field- a dry field, almost a desert but with trees. It was… perfection. The perfect beginning for an incredible story. You know what I’m talking about. It was…..this:

 hunger-games-twilight

Wait. That’s not right. Wait.. Is it? What happened? It looks different. But it looks the same? Short guy in the back? Is that you Taylor? Hunky dark-hair dude- you’re Rob? Did Renesmee join this picture?? What the…

Ohhhhh, I see. This is the cast of The Hunger Games. Here is the picture I was talking about:

I see what you’re doing here. You’re trying to copy Twi. It worked for them, right? After this picture the saga went on to be a multi-billion dollar smash hit for Summit. Trying to steal some of their “Vanity-Fair Style” beginnings, eh? Or we’re there really no other locations left for photos-hoots in California?

Look familiar?

The other night I was at a dinner reunion of the BBC (Brookelockart, Bunny (My real name, remember?) and Calliopeblabs) and we were discussing this picture and how obviously it looks like the first Twilight cast picture. You can’t ignore that fact. Did you do that intentionally? To get us talking about it? Maybe. It worked. But we started talking about The Hunger Games & what the frenzy WILL be like once the first movie is finally released. Will it be like Twilight? Will it be worse? Less? Or just… different? Brooke mentioned she recently saw the promo pic for “Warm Bodies” the zombie love story that Summit is making into a film. Look familiar? Yeah.

Can the Twilight frenzy be replicated? Is it different than the frezies of other sagas? I think so. I’m here writing on a Twilight blog, not a Harry Potter blog or Hunger Games blog. But maybe that’s just me.

One big difference I see with Twilight is the romance. It’s central to the story. For Harry Potter & The Hunger Games it’s just a nice side note amidst what could be really sad without the lightness that it brings. So the romance in Twilight means its going to appeal mainly to girls & the occasional sensitive unicorn. Other movies (like you, Hunger Games) have had (and have the potential for) a big male following. Appealing to mostly girls means more passion more drama & more … well, whatever you call you the Nonsten/Robsten stuff (and HEY- Harry Potter didn’t have that… two cast members who did it (or didn’t do it. whatever) off screen… That DOES mean something with Twilight!)

But, hey, you can try to replicate Twilight.. Go for it!  All you need next is—>

But I think you should do your own thing .. Cuz your story is pretty damn great

Xp
UC

What do you think? Did you think “Twilight” the MINUTE you saw The Hunger Games picture like we and all the people who emailed/tweeted & facebooked us did? And that guy playing Peetah is gay right? (I’m a big fan of the books but soooo out of it when it comes to the movies. MAN he’s short)

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Updated Friday afternoon

I apologize. I forgot the most important part of today’s letter:

Jumping-Rob-Hunger-Games

There it is!

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  • Nelle

    Hunger Games is a great story- but as for the romance, the love triangle- bleh. At the end I almost couldn’t care less who she ended up with, ok- maybe leaned a tiny bit toward Peeta. But with Twilight, at the end of New Moon I wanted Bella to have both guys! But of course it had to be Edward. It was always him. There’s just no passion in Hunger Games.

    • MariaCecilia

      True, Hunger games isn’t really a love story, it’s just sprinkled on top of the sci fi ideas and the action. And you don’t really get close to the characters like you do in Twilight, hence the “meh, whatever, pick one of them”-feeling.

  • ladyofthemeadow

    I loved reading the Hunger Games, and I wanted Katniss to end up with Gale, just like I wanted Bella to end up with Jacob (when I was reading, only; the movies persuaded me Bella should end up with Edward).

    I’ll forgive you, as I can’t wait to see the movie, but SHEESH that photo is SUCH a copy of the Twilight photo, it’s almost like a copyright violation. Everything about it is designed to remind us of Twilight. Zero points for originality, Hunger Games.

    • Anonymous

      I wanted her with Gale, too, but yeah, Katniss started to bug after a while because she was just so…emotionless. And yeah yeah, dystopian horrible life/horror of killing/blah blah blah the dudes seemed to be able to get it up for some chicks so WTF Katniss? Have an emotion and/or opinion! She was all, “Who? Peeta? Uhhh, sure.” *shrug* *thousand yard stare*

      • Sisterpenguin

        Yay Team Gale. And a heroine without emotion and/or opinion? Definitely ripping off film Twilight 

        • Anonymous

          I was gonna throw down but then you said “film Twilight” and I was all…okay fine. :)

          • Sisterpenguin

            Film Twilight and Book Twilight, where two worlds collide. I’m sure there’s a documentary in there somewhere ;)

    • gizmo

      See, I wanted her with Gale, too. Only, I considered him the obvious choice, like Edward. Peeta was the Jacob for me. Weird. I was so surprised to hear and read how people totally cared about Peeta and cheered for the two of them. Peeta was likable enough but I always thought no matter what lil’ Peeta did, it’s Gale she’s going back to.

      • Sagalvr

        Gale all the way! Mockingjay made me so sad the way she dumped Katniss and Peeta together like sad consolation prizes. The most vibrant scenes were when Katniss and Gale were together–those crackled like magic and gave some hope for the future.

      • Anonymous

        Me, too! I was like, “Team Peeta”?! Who are you? Gale is so right for her!  I finally understand Team Jacob a little bit.

  • MariaCecilia

    Oh, I was so scared when I started reading this post thinking: “No, no, it has already worked, the studio has brainwashed everyone into thinking “Hunger Games” every time they try to think “Twilight”!! And subtly my beloved LTT will subvert into LTHG like just another Stepford wife..nooo!” Thank you for allaying my fears, UC.

    ‘Cause as much as I enjoyed reading the Hunger Games, Twilight it ain’t, and I’m stoutly refusing this crafty attempt at mind seduction! Maggie Stiefvater’s books “Shiver”, “Linger” and “Forever”, those I can forgive the black-white-and-red covers with the Twi-reminiscent fonts, though, just because they’re so damned good. I would watch that movie for sure…

    • Anonymous

      Ooooohhhh gawd I loved the Shiver trilogy. Did you hear her other book, The Scorpio Races, just got picked up for movie-fication?! Woot! Go Maggie! She seems lovely. 

      And…I am sort of psyched for the Warm Bodies movie. I loved that book, too. R is awesome. He’s no Edward, true, but he’s good. I like him. It’s a good story. I would let any one of you borrow mine but it’s on my Nook and I don’t know how that works, with the borrowing. 

      • Anonymous

        Would you girls stop recommending books? I just can’t keep up ;)

      • KStewBoy

        Is that Teresa Palmer in the Warm Bodies picture.  She looks so much like Kristen it is freaky.  She doesn’t have the raw sex appeal that KS has, but she’s very alluring in her own right.

        Teresa Palmer, Jennifer Lawrence and KS are 3 remaining women on my appearance as The Bachelor.

        • Anonymous

          ***runs sobbing into the limo***

          • KStewBoy

            Sorry about how things worked out, MarbleNS – but look at it this way: you lasted on the show longer than both Ashley Greene AND Nikki Reed.  And I’m sure you had fun with all the wine drinking and cat fighting you did.  That scrap you got into with Emma Stone was reality TV at its finest!

          • Anonymous

            *sniffle* yeah…that was good. Emma Stone has a glass jaw. *smiles, wipes mascara off chin*

        • MariaCecilia

          Is this your official “list” then? Has it been okay’d by Mrs KStewBoy?

          • KStewBoy

            Hehehe – we won’t get into the details of my list here – it’s far too boring a subject for anyone other than myself.  But no, nobody on my list has been okay’d by Mrs.KStewBoy – including Kristen herself.  She thinks my attraction to her is “icky”.  But it’s all fine and dandy for her to swoon over Rob.  Double standard!!

      • Anonymous

        Yay!!! Book recommendations! I needed these.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, I have never heard of this Warm Bodies story until now, so keep that in mind as I say: A zombie love story??!? WTF?!?
        I’m totally having a Jacob reaction here: “They’re not even alive! It makes me sick.” EW, Gross.
        And let me guess, he loves her, but her brains are exactly his kind of heroin? Gah, the potential for the rips offs is vast, lol!

        However, I am very intrgued by the presence of Nicholas Hoult for two reasons: 1) I think he is a good actor and 2) I’m sort of fascinated by him due to his (IMO) severe case of ugly duckling syndrome. Everytime I see him in something, I’m like “How is this the same kid from About a Boy?!”

        All that said, I do love me some zombie stories. So….exactly how many books are in this series? :-0

        • Anonymous

          This is the first, I am not sure if it’s a series. And yes, it works, the zombie love story. Weird but true. (no, not brain heroin, thank goodness)

        • MariaCecilia

          At least Edward smells good. Don’t know about the rotting zombie effect for make-outs…?

        • Sisterpenguin

          I know how you feel about Master Hoult. I have the the same problem when I watch True Blood: “Why is the little girl from The Piano getting her Stackhouses out again?”

      • MariaCecilia

        No, I haven’t read anything else by Stiefvater, but I was just going to look into what else she’ s written though, so thanks!
         But what’s “Warm Bodies”??? *voiceover* “You can google it”.

    • Anonymous

      Try to except the idea. I mean we won’t get to send letters to twilight for much longer but we need to have LT(something) right? RIGHT?
      Maybe Letters To The Host? (if we ever get another book).

      • The Old One

        I’d go as far as Letters to Midnight Sun, but I draw the line at anything else, sorry.

        • ChillinWithCullens

          **begins slow clap**

      • Anonymous

        I am writing Letters To Twilight until I am old and grey like Grandma getting creepy kisses from Edward.

        • Anonymous

          what the “Hale” are you going to write about?

          • Anonymous

            have you seen how much I overthink these books? so. much.
             I have Twilosophy for decades.

          • MariaCecilia

            I can see you now: philosophy professor with grey hair, pushing glasses up on nose while extemporizing about the ethics of vampirism..

        • GoWithIt

          I was thinking about that. It could go on. UC and Moon will have to get damn creative to keep writing years past BD part 2 comes out, but I’m sure they are up to the challenge. This post is a good example. It is obvious that people will be comparing things to Twilight for years and years to come, whether it is storyline/love story, or phenom. level related. 

      • MariaCecilia

        Why not just go ahead and write LTS:Letters to Stephenie – that way we can include whatever she intends to write in the future?

        By the way, I finally read the Host, and it’s creepy how the theme of female self-sacrifice is so much more pronounced there! Please, Steph, no more books about a weak and cringing female heroine allowing herself to be beaten up by guys she loves because she hates herself and totally understands why they need to do it? Please?

      • Bubs

        As much as I worship the ground SM walks on, the one thing I would LOVE her to do [after continuing the Jacob/Renameme story line and finishing Midnight Sun], is to rewrite The Host and leave out all the descriptives of the tunnels and caves. I feel the stories concept was really good but it got sooooo bog down on undergroud geography- that drove me nuts. After I finished it, I thought it would be a good Movie but I wasn’t inclined to pick up the book again. Which made me sad ’cause she wrote 4 amazing books before that …..  

  • TheColdWoman

    I didn’t just think of the Twilight pic, I thought it WAS the Twilight pic. That or a promo shot from a CW show. I loved HG but shortstack Josh Hutcherson as Peeta bums me out. Stupid casting directors. Just because he was all Hollywood-buzzed-about in “The Kids Are Alright”. I mean, Come ON! Did you not read the description of Peeta in the book? #CastingFail.

    • gizmo

      Agree. Totally killed the buzz for me. Especially since I didn’t care much for the book Peeta anyway, so I was hoping some good casting may make me care.

    • Anonymous

      Josh Hutcherson as Peeta is such a Fail for me. I mean, I think he’s a good actor, but he makes me feel old and he doesn’t fit e description AT ALL. Personally, I couldn’t help but picture a Chord Overstreet type for him as I read the books.

    • The Old One

      L’il Josh is forever stamped in my brain as KStew’s little brother in “Zathura”  so romantic lead:  no.  They needed someone much, much, hotter.

    • MariaCecilia

      But honestly, in the books he is kind of pudgy and non-descript, so how were they going to work with that in casting? Guess the author should learn from Stephenie. “Why are all the guys in Twilight so hot?” Steph: “Because that’ s the way I write them!”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know how huge the frenzy will be, but I’m sure not going to be a part of it.

  • http://twitter.com/ScienceGeek91 Farhat Afzal

    Don’t even get me started on Peeta’s casting.
    However I was surprised to see that Liam H looks actually like the Gale I imagined, even though he’s a bit too old for the role. And Jennifer Lawrence is perfection.

    I agree that they need to come up with their own ideas for promos because like you said they’ve got a hell of a great story and that movie deserves great promotion.

  • Anonymous

    I believe this is a sad preview of what’s to come with the copying.  With the comparisons that started long ago, they really need to try to go as opposite as possible with the marketing pics and such.  Still, so excited for the movie!  I actually hope they up the love triangle/story in the movie, that (for me) was the one thing lacking in the book.  Katniss did seem all  – “meh, idc who I end up with” and in turn, I felt the same.

    • sw_twi_fan

      Exactly, why would they want to be compared when their stories are so different.  It’s like the whole Harry Potter vs Twilight thing.  I never got that, except they are both geared for non-adults.

  • gizmo

    It’s funny how Hollywood is trying to crack the Twilight success formula, like it’s something tangible and easily possible to recreate. Some elements can be but for the most part I think it was just overall good star alignment. Unexpected and unplanned. Like being at the right time at the right place. It will eventually happen with something entirely different, but not by forcing it like they’re doing these days.

    • Anonymous

      agreed.

    • MariaCecilia

      Just wait until the Twilight tv series sit-com turns up on Fox…we will all be quietly vomiting then..

  • Crazddreamer

    True true, all I know, is next to all those “youngins” Liam looks really out of place. And like he really doesn’t even want to be there. I find that hilarious! Cheer up Liam! Your really good at tapping youngins anyway, remember Miley?Now you’ve got plenty to choose from!

  • Stacey

    I actually wanted the oldest son from WEEDS to play Peeta. I would definitely be Team Peeta for that guy.

    Actually, hasn’t Jennifer Lawrence been saying in interviews that Hunger Games is absolutely not Twilight. Which is absolutely true with all the death. Unfortunately, the Marketing Department didn’t get the memo. I assume they are going for Twilight: The No Vampire or Wolf Edition.

    • gizmo

      Silas! Yes, I was rooting for him, too. Hot young man.

    • GoWithIt

      He has a pretty drool worthy part on Weeds, but he could do more I’m sure. Would have been a bad Edward, but a good Peeta!

  • Nelle

    LOVE the updated photo. Definitely will help me get through this LONG Friday afternoon. Thanks UC.

  • Ms. J

    Since these are both Vanity Fair shoots, this setting must be the vacant lot behind the VF offices.  Way to go big budget VF.  What’s next?  Head shots done in the parking garage?  Seriously!!??

    I thought the same thing when I saw this pic.  I was looking for Taylor’s football. 

    • Ms. J

      BTW – I loved Hunger Games too.  Just not quiiiite as much as Twilight.  Sorry Katniss.

  • cosi bella

    jumping rob in the last photo hahahahahaha!  damn wish I could hang out here more often!!

  • GoWithIt

    Speaking of things that are like Twilight. Does anyone recommend the comic book version of Twilight? I don’t remember what it was called.

    • MariaCecilia

      “Twilight – the Graphic novel” – but don’t get your hopes up, there are no extra sex scenes in it just because they call it “graphic”.
      http://www.amazon.co.uk/Twilight-Graphic-Novel-v/dp/1905654669/ref=sr_1_16?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1320484860&sr=1-16

       I didn’t buy it, mainly because I’m not into the ultra-romantic/sweet Manga style type of comics, and I prefer to have my own pictures of the books in my head.

      • GoWithIt

        Ha ha, the “graphic novel”. Mr. GWI enjoys an extra graphic graphic novel, but no I did not expect that from it. I’ve never enjoyed a comic book, so I just don’t know if it would be up my alley. Sexually. Just kidding. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought it was pretty good. Haven’t picked up v.2 yet so i don’t know about that one but yeah no extra sex scenes or makeout scenes for that matter.

  • Bubs

    The Hunger Games trailer is already being shown here in Australia [although they’re saying it’s not being released till March next year from what I remember]. Are they doing 1 movie for each book or combining the 3 ??? Couldn’t tell from the promo. I preferred book No2 Catching Fire but was really dissapointed with the ending of the series. Especially the…. yeah, I had 2 kids because Peeta nagged me concept. I understand Katniss’ reluctance [after what she’s been through] but she’s no Bella when it comes to emotional issues.
    The movie Peeta appears too young to me.  

    • MariaCecilia

      On the other hand, Bella would be “Yeah, I had 1 kid because Edward nailed me..”

  • Anonymous

    Just wanted to stop by and say “Hey”  and that I miss you all! It’s been a little crazy and I’m not able to come and comment that often. But I do read your hilarity! Hope you all are well :)

    I’m camping out for BD if anyone is going! I’m a little scared! ;)

  • twiprof

    so incredibly funny! that is exactly what I thought when I saw that pic, but I thought, well, it is vanity fair….it is not really the hunger games fault…
    as a new fan of the hunger games, I am willing to take what they will give me, but i will always love twilight first…..

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  • Dewitwhite

    HOMG my friend posted that on our fb page (we have a little book club) and my comment was ” Oooo No I haven’t seen this – for a moment I thought it was Twilight – Vanity Fair LOL”   True!!
    I really don’t know what they were thinking, they are soooo different and everybody knows that copying other people’s style is uncool.  C’mon Hunger Games you have a great story and such potential, don’t try to hitchike on someone else’s success.  Be individual.  Stand alone and be proud of who you are…

  • Lysinak

    Everything is better with bacon and every pic is better with Jumping Rob!

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