USA Today is just the latest in many outlets hyping this bizarre Twilight vs. Hunger Games rivalry. I suppose we should be used to it by now because before this there was a press hyped Harry Potter vs Twilight war. No doubt the Hunger Games folks will have to live with whatever the next big YA thing is being compared to them–perhaps City of Bones.
According to USA Today:
“Everyone wanted to put (Hunger Games) into the Twilight box,” says Tim Palen, Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer. “It’s easy to put it in that box because of three young main leads (in both movies). But they’re completely different stories with different appeals.”
And they draw different, though powerful, demographics. Twi-hards tend to run younger than Hunger-lings, analysts and studio executives say. According to exit surveys by Lionsgate, 56% of Hunger Games’ moviegoers were 25 and older, about the opposite of Twilight’s film fan base.
The thing that is so funny to us in all of this is that EVERY and we do mean EVERY Hunger Games site that we know of is run by people who are also connected to Twilight sites! There’s not a war, at least we are pretty sure that those site ops don’t get up every morning with an inner turmoil of what they have to support today. (Also totally off topic but “Hunger-lings”? I’ve never hear that term before.)
What I think the media still doesn’t realize is that Twilight fans loves lots of different things. They live under the delusion that Twilight fans are only at the Twilight day at Comic Con. Just last summer I met up with my fellow Twilight fans at the Game of Throne, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Doctor Who, The River, YA Authors panels just to name a few, and on two of those days I was wearing Browncoats gear!
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