Jennifer Lawrence tries to distance ‘Hunger Games’ from the ‘Twilight Saga’


While I have read both the entire Twilight Saga and the Hunger Games trilogy and can attest to the inherent differences between the two, it’s also easy to concede to the similarities between target audiences when it comes to the movie adaptations for both franchises. While Hunger Games (based upon Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy) is obviously based upon more complex and universal themes than those of Stephenie Meyer’s weepy Twilight vampire-werewolf romances, both of them appeal to a tween-age audience. Of course, Collins has widely stated that she got the idea for her books not from (as many have speculated) Battle Royale but from watching the footage of both the Iraq war and reality television. In the spirit of defending Collins’ works against Twilight-geared accusations, Jennifer Lawrence has been interviewed by Vanity Fair:


On How She Got Involved With The Hunger Games: “I had read the books before I even knew I would be auditioning for the movie, and was a huge fan of the material. Actually, my mom read them first and thought it was an incredible role and story. She did the same thing with Winter’s Bone, so she must be a clairvoyant, or just has really great taste. Katniss is an incredible character: she’s a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who’s being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don’t they’ll die. It’s needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It’s heartbreaking. When I auditioned, I told [director] Gary [Ross], ‘I understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass.’ So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so.”

On Comparisons With Twilight: “I try not to think too much about it. Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon. I’m so proud of the work we did on the film-Gary and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can’t wait for it to be brought to life because I think it’s an important story. If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I’ll soak up my freedom now!”

[From Vanity Fair]



Naturally, I very much appreciate that Lawrence has read the subject matter at hand but would also be much more likely to understand her argument if, say, this interview hadn’t appeared on, which also (not coincidentally) features eight pages of very similarly-structured archives of Twilight-related promotional material. In addition, there’s also the matter of the above Hunger Games photoshoot, which appears to feature the cast members in advertisements for Abercrombie & Fitch clothing instead of a movie based upon a post-apocalyptic literary trilogy.

Further, I have to relent and accept arguments that Lionsgate’s marketing thus far of Hunger Games has been both airbrushed to the max and far too mass-marketed to be authentically believable in terms of the books themselves. AFter all, this film is supposed to portray characters that are both starving and in fear for their very lives. So why do the film stills look so bloody clean?

In addition to the above-described promotional materials, Lionsgate has also just released eight character posters — among them is the Lenny Kravitz as Cinna poster for which I’ve been anxiously awaiting. However, I must admit that the end results are … sadly lacking. Presenting Katniss, Cinna, Effie, Peeta, Haymitch, Gale, Cato, and Rue:









Photos courtesy of Vanity Fair and Lionsgate

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  1. normades says:

    She is beautiful and smart to boot.

  2. gee says:

    WHYY does freaken Cato get a poster and not Prim?

    I’m really excited for this movie, I hope they don’t mess it up. Cinna and Heymitch were horribly cast, as much as I love Lenny Kravitz and Woody Harrelson.

    Also, I’m happy with Jennifer Lawrence so far, but this role was made for Haley Steinfeld. She would have been excellent.

    Coming from someone who is a little older than the target demographic (I’m 23), I think there is a huge difference between Twilight and THG. THG is about a strong young woman who is concerned with far more than falling in love. It’s about class systems, economics, politics, sacrifice, and personal dynamics. It’s not War and Peace or anything, but it is a great book for young people to read.. something to introduce them to these themes and to make them think about a world beyond cheesey romances and material things.

    Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it was an easy, fun read.

  3. Harley says:

    I like her. She’s talented, beautiful, and unlike her contemporaries, Doesn’t annoy the crap outta me.

    I had no idea what the Hunger Games were about until recently, but I don’t see it reaching Twihard levels of hysteria. At least not yet.

  4. Marianne says:

    I love the new photos, although they do share a similarity to a Twilght theme shoot Vanity Fair did a few years back.

    As for the comparisons between the two. The only thing similar is the love triangle. And the fact that it is marketed towards teens.

  5. whome says:

    i cant wait, Im in love with the books and i hope the movies do them justice… when will the offical trailer be released?

  6. AcornPaste says:

    Josh Hutcherson is quite cute.

  7. lisa says:

    Well anyone with a brain can see there is a difference. I get that Twilight may have loads of fans. but those characters and the people playing them are so so boring and uninteresting.

    I’m more a Zombie girl.. but I may go see this.

  8. Tapioca says:

    If you want to avoid comparisons with the Twilight cr@pfest don’t fly the cast (seemingly) to the woods of Forks, Washington to do a Twilight-themed photoshoot, duh…

    It’s supposed to be set in a post-apocalyptic, dog-eat-dog world, not an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue, dammit!

  9. cr says:

    Tapioca: that’s my problem with this shoot. I know it’s a VF shoot so it’s supposed to be ‘pretty’, but.. And that’s also my problem with the character shots. Shouldn’t Haymitch look rougher, the tributes look less airbrushed and more like hardened children? I know that some of the people who will see this movie will not read the books, but for those of who have it does indeed look a little too ‘clean’.

  10. lem says:

    i never understood how they could make thg into movies and rate them pg-13. violence is an integral part of this series and cleaning it up to be pg-13 will seriously damage what is otherwise an amazing story.

  11. SLM says:

    The photo shoot is dumb… or is it? Let’s not forget that a major theme in The Hunger Games is image. They do pretty these lambs up {on multiple occasions & to the point where it damages the narrative} before sending them into the slaughter. Image is very important to the Capitol. Don’t we, as eager viewers, represent that that audience?

    Sure, we shouldn’t be too philosophical about a marketing campaign, but there is something to think about. The glossy promotion for a movie about a book in which the plot is a glossied-up way of killing children, waging war, and attracting viewers.

  12. Iggles says:

    lem – Well, they already whitewashed Katniss and her love interest, so why not?

  13. clare says:

    They look like vampires to me.

  14. The Real Jenny says:

    Woody Harrelson as Haymitch? I approve! That casting is a stroke of genius!

  15. michkabibbles says:

    @lem: i’ve recently read the books, and i actually think a pg-13 rating is correct. there was violence in the books, yes, but nothing warrenting an R rating. especially since the books are YA, and marketing towards teens (if not tweens), i think making them R would distance them from their targeted audience.

    and i’m willing to wait until the films come out to reserve judgement. crazy, i know.

  16. Bad Fairy says:

    Totally looks like the cast of a CW show.

  17. GirlyGIrl says:

    The aesthetic seems very similar, although this one seems to be avoiding the whole bluey-greeny-samey-same look that most vampire movies have lately

    Also the names kinda crack me up..

    Haymitch, Effie, Peeta


  18. xxodettexx says:

    i am looking forward to this movie with a passion! love the books, love the characters and what they are put through in the books… hope hollywood doesnt shit in our collective mouths but its hollywood so just hoping its decent at this point!

  19. sassenach says:

    I actually like the casting of Woody Harrelson and Lenny Kravitz.

    Josh Hutcherson is completely wrong as Peeta and I don’t think I will be able to suspend belief enough to imagine him in the role. Peeta is supposed to be strong and charismatic. Josh is short with thick thighs and no charisma.

  20. LisaMarie says:

    I just started book three of the Hunger Games this morning. I started reading them because of all the commenters on here who couldn’t say enough good about them. I absolutely love the series so far. You bitches never lead me wrong. These photo shoots look way too twilighty. Hopefully the movies dont’ follow suit.

  21. gee says:

    @girly girl I know 2 Effies! Short for Elizabeth.. but I largely agree, it was kind of weird to get into the names of the book, but now they seems totally normal to me.

  22. Lila says:

    I was so looking forward to these films, but now I’m kind of worried. I love Jennifer Lawrence but a huge point of Katiness is that she is supposed to look small, verging on emaciated, and non-threatening. Jennifer Lawrence has a great body, but they airbrushed the he ll out of the Hunger Games cover for Entertainment Weekly because in the trailer you could see she had round cheeks. I just think they should have cast someone rangier and naturally small boned, like Hailee Steinfeld who also has the mixed race thing….This is weird, but think of Angelina’s current body versus her Tomb Raider one. Jennifer has Angelina’s old body, and for the film she should have looked like she had Angelina’s new body. Also, Peeta is supposed to be of middling stature but he looks completely tiny compared to Liam and Jennifer, like a child almost. I’m hesitant, I just feel like the casting was way off.

  23. Jane says:

    I loved the books, but I´m pretty sure this movie will be crap. The casting for the leads is just ridiculously wrong and I won´t be able to get over it.

  24. Lucinda says:

    @SLM (#11) excellent point! Image is a huge theme in the books.

  25. Katija says:

    Oh my God, look at that Rue…

    I am going to need a Costco sized box of kleenex when I see this thing…

  26. mln76 says:

    I think I’m going to wait until this comes to cable. The photoshoot looks like Dawson’s Creek or something totally not the vibe of the books.

  27. T.C. says:

    I love that picture of Rue with her head resting on Cato’s body. Their characters are polar opposite but I admit I like that shot. The bad thing is Jennifer Lawrence looks GOOD next to Liam but Josh still looks like her little brother. It’s obvious that he is shorter than her in that group photo. They have him standing on higher ground to make it look like they are the same height but he is clearly shorter. Except for the girl playing Rue he looks younger than every other cast member. You can’t make me buy that Lawrence will end up with Josh H. instead of Liam H. Just doesn’t look right.

  28. LittleDeadGrrl says:

    I love the books and I’m certainly not in the target audiance of being a teenager. It shows a flawed but strong female protagonist which frankly is lacking from even adult books. I love Lawrenece, I finished wathing Winter’s Bone last night and fell in love with her but I am afraid for this movie. It looks very Twilighty to me … it’s very clean and airbrushed. It needs to look gritty and dark and frightening. It’s got children murdering one another … I just can’t see how they can do this with Pg13 rating and not dumb down the story.

    I also think Peeta was miscast. He’s supposed to be so much taller and broad shouldered. I mean he is described as big … his strength is his main thing and he looks smaller and weaker than Katniss. Gale looks fantastic. They cast him perfect.

    I also love that Woody is in this. He is so awesome!

  29. buckley says:

    I think Josh is absolutely perfect for Peeta.

  30. Rachael says:

    I actually really like the movie posters, but I definitely have been disappointed at how clean and nice everyone looks in practically every pic released for this film so far. So far I have been trying to stick with the hope (like @SLM said) that they’re just going for the cleaned-up Capitol look in the pics released up to this point. But I do admit that I’m a little worried that they won’t be able to do the “gritty” stuff properly in the movie. Fingers crossed … if they mess this up I’m going to be REALLY bummed.

  31. Rachael says:

    Oh and the VF shoot, yeah, I mean the pics are cute and all, but the boring outfits and setting (and the fact that it is basically exactly the same as a previous Twilight layout for VF) is pretty lame.

  32. Bess says:

    Josh is just so unfortunate looking.

  33. PleaseICU says:

    I knew Josh Hutcherson was short (I figured when tiny Vanessa Hudgens, at 5’2″, ended up being taller than him when wearing heels that he was short) but I didn’t realize he was *that* short.

    He looks all wrong for Peeta in these pictures. But maybe he will look better and more appropriate for the role on screen? IMO, he’s one of those people that just doesn’t photograph well, like he ends up unfortunate looking at a lot of angles, but comes across cute when he’s in motion onscreen.

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