Comparing Different Books ~ A Rant

Chapter 1

The First and Only Chapter

Oh we have all heard it before:

Harry Potter is way better than Twilight.

Percy Jackson is way better than the Mortal Instruments.

Hunger Games is way better than Divergent.

Divergent is just a want-to-be Hunger Games.

Matched is way better than Delerium.

Matched and Delirium are the same!

I could go on with these but that would take a while. Now it's fine to say "I like Matched better than Harry Potter". You stated it as your personal opinion. However when you state it as a fact, that's not cool.

What is better to you depends on your personal preference. Yes I like Harry Potter a lot better than Twilight, for various personal reasons. However it doesn't make it universally better. And why it's fine to state your opinion, you can do it in a less rude way than some of those "Twilight Sucks And Harry Potter Rules" posts. Because they can be downright offensive. Just because somebody likes something different from you doesn't make them an idiot or somebody of lesser status, which is the message in a lot of the ones I've seen at least.

And Twilight and Harry Potter are so different from each other you can't even make a fair comparison to see which one is "better". Seriously, what do they have in common? The only thing I can think of is the werewolves and Lupin and Grayback (is that it...it's been a while since I read the series) are very different from the Twilight werewolves.

Also a lot of the time the immature people who are screaming their book is better than another have not even read the other book! How can you compare Hunger Games and Divergent when you have only read the Hunger Games? To say one book is "better" than the other book you must read both! It's like food! I can say I hate escargots because guess what-I tried it! I can say I don't like Twilight because guess what-I read it! I won't ever say that another book is overall better than it though, because as much as it pains me-my opinions are that opinions and no human has the God-damned right to tell another human that their opinions are wrong and that their opinions are better than theirs. Some people need to start understanding that. Opinions aren't facts.

And with another book being a rip-off of another.....I am going to use Divergent and the Hunger Games for this, because it is something I hear quite often. Or at least more than the others.

Let's look at the basic outline of the stories.


Hunger Games:

The Hunger Games trilogy is a post-apocalyptic dystopia set in the small nation of Panem, which we assume is what is left of livable land in what used to be the USA. Panem is divided into 12 districts. It is a dictatorship that faced a rebellion previously by the 13th district. Every year each district, except the Capitol, must send one girl and one boy, chosen by lottery, to participate in the Hunger Games–a reality show in which they must fight to the death until only one survivor is left. Katniss lives in District 12 and volunteers to go in place of her younger sister, Prim. She forms an alliance with the boy from her district, Peeta. When they are left the only ones standing, they grab poisonous berries, planning to thwart the Capitol by leaving no survivors. They, of course, are stopped and are paraded around as engaged lovers for a year. The President is angry at them, but they believe themselves to be relatively safe from his wrath as national heroes. The next year, however, it is announced that this year’s Hunger Game will consist of the victors from the previous games. It is believed that this act of violence will help squash the rebellion that is brewing. Some of the victors plot with the rebels, however, and Katniss and some other victors escape with their aid and join in on the revolution, with Katniss the symbol of the rebellion.

http://opinionsofawolf.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/series-review-the-hunger-games-trilogy-by-suzanne-collins-spoiler-warning/

Divergent:

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). At the age of 16, teens are required to complete an aptitude test to define the faction they are most suited for. Beatrice discovers that she is Divergent, having an equal aptitude for more than a single faction (for her Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation; while most Divergent have only two aptitudes). The following day they must choose which faction they will devote their lives to - and "faction over blood" is taken very seriously. Beatrice must decide whether she wants to stay in the never-changing world of Abnegation - along with her family, while denying her true self - or if she wants to embrace who she is at heart. She chooses Dauntless, surprising everyone (even herself).

Dauntless initiation is highly competitive, and aimed at preparing initiates to eliminate cowardice. Beatrice renames herself upon arriving at the Dauntless compound, to “Tris”. She struggles to find out the truth of who her friends are, who she truly is at heart, and how she feels about her trainer, Four—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen.

She’s got a deep secret, kept locked away to heed the warnings she’s heard that it may be the, literal, death of her. Tris discovers that tensions between factions are mounting, and they threaten to unravel her society–not merely a single faction. She finds that her closely guarded secret could help her to save her loved ones… but it also could destroy her.

Tris finds a grasp on reality, and looses it in the same moment - until she is forced to act.


http://divergent.wikia.com/wiki/Divergent_(book)


Are these similar in the slightest? Well maybe. Both stories are dystopian stories and the protagonist is a sixteen year old girl. Great.

Now lets look at the more complex psychological means of each book.

Hunger Games:

It is about standing up for what's right, even if you don't always want to. It really has no psychological meaning, or if it does its not exceptionally evident.

Divergent:

Divergent does deal a lot with psychology. In fact some of the little things of the book my friends are learning about in AP psychology. I didn't even know some of those things were an underlining in the book-and this is from the girl who can hear the most obscure sentance and tell you what part of the book it is at.

With simple psychology its about making your own choices, growing up, and figuring out who you are and your place in this messed up world. Also with the human aspect-the faction system. Humans we naturally sort ourselves into groups based on different things-intrests, background, personality even. The faction system is just a more structured way of doing that.

SPOILERS
And with some of the genetic things in "Allegiant"... it makes sense! I mean intelligence is genetic so why not other traits? And look at us humans! We had segregation and slavery because we thought we were better than another human being because of something they couldn't control!
END OF SPOILERS

These two books- Hunger Games and Divergent- are so incredibly different. One can't be a rip-off of the other. And if you want to argue that-please check out Battle Royal.

Oh, and added the society's are different! I swear- Panem has a remarkable resemblance to Ancient Rome. The Gladitorial Games (Hunger Games), the provinces (the districts), the soldiers monitoring the provinces (Peacekeepers), the names of the people in the Capitol, the building structure in the Capitol, heck Panem is Latin! Panem is basically Ancient Rome in the future.

Divergent has a society where you are 16 you must choose to try to get through an initiation of one of the five factions (each with one individual character trait). If you failed you became factionless- which is basically homeless.

How are they alike?!

Basically please stop comparing books and starting wars. I am willing to bet that I am not the only one who feels this way. It is okay to have an opinion but just remember that its an opinion, not a fact. Rant over.

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