WARNING! BEFORE YOU CONTINUE TO READ, I AM OBLIGED TO TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE AN ABUNDANCE OF SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG POST. NOW TIME FOR THE FUN! READ ON…
Hunger Games or Divergent? It’s kind of like asking if you prefer your Mum or Dad? For those of you who have never read or watched either books or films, first of all: what are you doing with your life?(!), and second of all: I’ll explain the teenage dreams you’ve been missing out on.
The Hunger Games is set in a Dystopian future, where America has been separated into twelve different districts. District 1 is the most wealthy and District 12 is least. These twelve districts are controlled by the Capitol- a place filled with spoilt, rich Lady Gaga want to bes. Each year, to prove their power and keep the districts in line, the Capitol conduct a ‘game’ called the Hunger Games- in which children are forced to fight to the death in for the entertainment of the Capitol’s people. Both one boy and girl from each district, between the ages of 12 and 18, are selected at random to enter the Hunger Games and the selection process is called the reaping. Most dread the reaping, but some in the wealthier districts see it as a prize to become the winner of the Hunger Games. The story then continues when a girl called Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute for her sister for the Hunger Games. Her journey through the games is what makes the novel such an outstanding book.
The Divergent series are also set in a Dystopian future, but this time, Chicago is divided into five different factions. Each faction has a different personality, and the people within the faction must portray this personality in order to remain in it. Each year, every 16 years old from each faction is ordered to go through an initiation process to choose which faction they want to spend the rest of their life in. The story follows Beatrice Prior and her journey on choosing her faction but then realising that her new faction has a plan (get ready for the spoilers) to DESTROY the other factions(!).
Now, in terms of which is better, The Hunger Games trilogy has sold over 50 million(!) books worldwide, with Divergent trailing behind at only 6.7 million books sold worldwide. My personal opinion is that the Hunger Games books are better than the Divergent books, especially in terms of story lines.
With the new, up- and-coming third movie of the Divergent series being released last week, it’s hard to compare it to the already released Hunger Games trilogy movies; but, again in my personal opinion, I feel that the Divergent movies are better than The Hunger Games movies, especially in terms of unnecessary scenes where the dialogue of The Hunger Games is less important and tends to make the movie almost drag on a bit.
So, all in all, it’s safe to say that the two trilogies equal each other’s flaws out- The Hunger Games boring movies to the Divergent trilogy’s boring books. So, The Hunger Game books win, but the Divergent movies also win.