Debate: Divergent Vs. The Hunger Games

*Warning: This post may contain series spoilers for both Divergent and The Hunger Games

Divergent and The Hunger Games, two very popular YA dystopian series that have also turned into movie franchises. The two series, however, often get criticized and controversy for copying each other and being too similar. Here is my opinion on it all:

Although I do think the two books have some similarities, they both have their differences. One of the main thing people often point out as similar, is the shared dystopian society. The Hunger Games society features 12, formally 13, districts that people live in, while Divergent features 5 factions. Although their societies way of organization may by slightly similar, I do think it’s still quite different. The districts in The Hunger tumblr_static_screen-shot-2013-01-03-at-4-31-06-pmGames are divided and sort by wealth and worth, the smaller the number, the richer and better the district. The Divergent factions are sort by skills, talents, and traits. When people reach a certain age in that society, they are chosen to take a test a choose with of the 5 Factions they should live in, each revolving with different character traits; Dauntless, for example, being where the Braver and Stronger characters go.

Another similarity these two book series have is the fact that they both feature a strong, female heroine as the main character. The two characters, however, are quite different when put in theory. The character of Katniss takes her sister’s place and joins the hunger games. She is very strong and good with a bow-and-arrow, and also does all she can for her family. The character of Tris is ‘Divergent’, someone who’s different and seen as a threat to society. She leaves her humble background and begins a newer, tougher and more violent life. I personally don’t see that many similarities between the two girls, except for the fact that they’re the strong, female, main-characters of the book series and they are seen as a threat to their society and are put in danger because of it.

Something else that can be taken as a similarity between the two books is the fact that their society was rebuilt after a war. Both The Hunger Games and the Divergent settings are in a post-war city, both being a part of what was formerly America. This concept of taking American and  turning it into a new, dystopian society, however, isn’t exactly new. Many other book series besides these two feature a similar society background. Even though many other authors have used America and turned it into a failing and violent society, these two are most commonly compared together.

Another similarity is that both stories also feature a crumbling society that leads the two heroines to try to save the society and city. Both Katniss and Tris find a military base-esque place to hide out, team up, and make plans with to save their society. Both girls endure a great deal of pain and suffering and fight to save everyone they know and love. Both the Divergent and The Hunger Games societies are crumbling and in need of saving.

Now, let’s get into the differences between the two books, something that I personally think are greater than the similarities. Although both stories feature a female heroine who is special and called to save their crumbling society, they really are quite different. The Hunger Games features a more deadly and violent society, while the Divergent society still has some peaceful aspects, despite the deathly faction and leaders that are Dauntless and Erudite. The steps the girls take to fight and save their society, as well as the outcome, are ba71b2bae45f6e9d446db1bb0cf4bb0ddifferent between the two books. On the topic of love, Tris in Divergent has one partner throughout the whole series who she’s in a kind of on-and-off relationship with. Despite her and her partner never breaking up, they do definitely face many challenges and go through periods of ignoring and not talking to each other. Katniss Everdeen has two guys, Gale and Peeta, fighting over her throughout most of the series. It isn’t until near the end of the series that she finally decides on one of the two and falls in true love. Both series definitely include their similarities, but they include a lot of differences as well.

I think one of the reasons that the two books are often compared to each other is because, not only were they both made into movies around the same time as each other, but they both reached great levels of hype and hysteria around the same time. When comparing the two, people often say that Divergent is a copy of The Hunger Games, mainly because Divergent was written later. I personally think that neither of them copies each other, as many various Dystopian series other than this two also feature a similar story. Truthfully, there aren’t that many dystopian series that don’t include a crumbling society after a war, be it a female or male heroin. I don’t think either of the series are a copy of each other, despite some similarities.

I personally don’t have a preference for either of the two series. I can honestly say I like both of the book series the same (although I think The Hunger Games has been adapted into a movie series better lol oops) and think they both have good plots and stories. Both of the authors are very talented and have great ideas when forming their societies and characters for these stories.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and didn’t take it too seriously. I personally love both of these book series and don’t mean to offend anyone. I’d love to hear your feedback below, whether it being that you don’t agree with my post and think they’re either completely the same or completely different, or that you agreed with what I said in this post.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. If you haven’t read either of these series, I highly recommend them both. Thanks for reading!

-Maddie

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. baileybot says:

    Are the movies as good as the books?

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    1. I think the Hunger Games ones are, especially the 2nd and 3rd Hunger Games movies. The first Divergent moveis was okay but after that I personally think they’ve gone down hill. The two most recent Divergent movies are nothing like the book so i mean

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  2. Reblogged this on nomdeplume and commented:

    Here is a post that I originally published on my original blog (nomdeplume). I am now reposting it here (on theardentliterate) because it goes better with the theme of this blog.

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