Having read both the Divergent and Hunger Games books, we’re eagerly anticipating the new movies for both series. Divergent’s first film is due on March 21, 2014, and Hunger Games’ second movie, Catching Fire, will come out November 22, 2013. Both YA franchises are set in a dystopian future, inviting comparisons. With that in mind, we couldn’t help but break down the new Divergent trailer and put it side-by-side with Hunger Games’ promo for its first film to see if we can predict which movie will be better.
The pretty girl in a bun
Hunger Games: Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
Divergent: Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley)
Advantage: Draw. One wields a bow and arrow, the other leaps from moving trains. Don’t make us choose!
Hunger Games: Possibly armed and with Katniss in tow.
Divergent: Lots of guns, lots of soldiers.
Advantage? Divergent. It looks like they know how to march in formation!
The familial goodbye
Hunger Games: A kiss on the forehead for her little sister, Prim (Willow Shields).
Divergent: A hug for the parents (Ashley Judd and Aaron Eckhart).
Advantage? Hunger Games. While Prim cried hysterically earlier in the trailer, this is the briefest glimpse of Tris’s parents. For all we know, this could be the Priors’ morning ritual and she could be back later for dinner.
Hunger Games: Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth)
Divergent: Four (Theo James)
Advantage? Hunger Games. Sorry, there are two guys in this one.
Hunger Games: A mockingjay pin
Divergent: Back tattoos
Advantage? Divergent. Tats are just cooler.
The explanation of WTF is going on
Hunger Games: “And so it was decreed that each year the 12 districts of Panem shall offer up in tribute one young man and woman, between the ages of 12 and 18, to be trained in the art of survival and to be prepared to fight to the death.”
Divergent: “You’re different. You don’t fit into a category. They can’t control you. They call it ‘divergent.’” … “The system removed the threat of anyone exercising their independent will. Divergents threaten that system.”
Advantage? Hunger Games. Yeah, we would have no idea what was going on if we hadn’t read Divergent.
The blond lady who appears to be in charge
Hunger Games: Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), reading off the names of the tributes
Divergent: Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet), who tells a large group, “The future belongs to those who know where they belong.”
Advantage? Hunger Games. The hair has to win out over the blue power suit.
The drably dressed masses
Hunger Games: The potential tributes wear they finest clothes — which are still full of muted tones.
Divergent: Tris is a member of the “Abnegation,” meaning her faction wears a lot of oversized grey and brown ensembles.
Advantage: Draw. The future holds some lackluster fashion, dudes.
The view of the city
Hunger Games: The Capitol, as seen from the train
Divergent: A futuristic Chicago
Advantage? Hunger Games. Chicago kind of looks the same...
The catch phrase uttered by our heroine
Hunger Games: “I volunteer as tribute.”
Divergent: “Don’t try and define me.”
Advantage? Hunger Games. It can be said in so many situations.
The throwing of sharp objects
Hunger Games: A spear, at a dummy
Divergent: A knife — at Tris
Advantage? Divergent. The weapon even draws some blood.
The training/sparring sequence
Hunger Games: Running, stabbing dummies, sparring
Divergent: Sparring, wrestling
Advantage: Draw. The quick cuts make it hard to keep up.
Hunger Games: Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), who tells Katniss: “Make sure they remember you.”
Divergent: Tori (Maggie Q), who tells Tris: “You can’t let them find out about you.”
Advantage: Divergent. Tori’s advice is a little more life-or-death.
The heroine in danger
Hunger Games: Katniss rises in a clear tube, hears a countdown, and runs for a backpack.
Divergent: Tris leaps from a building, jumps from a speeding train, and apparently gets kidnapped.
Advantage: Divergent. We don’t really see Katniss in peril until the very end, while Tris seems to be constantly dodging some disaster or other.