Few things annoy me more than book comparisons. I get why they’re popular! It’s nice and easy to say, “Well if you liked reading This-Book, you’ll probably enjoy This-Book.” That is useful information. But please, there comes a point when comparisons are no longer helpful. Instead, they’re incredibly annoying.
Let’s talk about The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Now, I adore that trilogy. It got me hooked on YA and it’s still one of my favourite series of all time. But if I had a dollar for every time a book got pitched as “the next Hunger Games”…
It’s downright frustrating.
Firstly: I don’t WANT another Hunger Games series. We have one! It’s by Suzanne Collins and it’s brilliant.
Secondly: Being pitched as the “next Hunger Games” is no longer special. It’s absolutely average. And the book in question is rarely even has a spoonful of Lamb Stew with Dried Plums in common with The Hunger Games. Therefore I don’t trust this pitch tactic at all.
Take this picture for instance: all these books have been pitched as “if you like The Hunger Games…” WHY?! The most many of them have in common with Suzanne Collins’ epic trilogy is the fact that they’re YA. I, though, had to read most of these series to find out. I’m a sucker. I used to trust marketing ploys.
So let’s take a zoom in at this frustrating marketing ploy, shall we?
I got sucked into reading this one several years ago (when I was blissfully naive about such matters of “comparisons”). Just LOOK at everything it’s compared to! I’m pretty sure whoever wrote that just googled the most popular series of the year and whacked it on.
I haven’t read Blade Runner, but the most truth in the comparisons is X-Men, because there are mystical powers in Mystic City. This book is SO different from The Hunger Games it’s practically laughable.
On a Goodreads list of “If You Like The Hunger Games…” look at what’s number #1?! I agree that Divergent has blown huge (although I think that’s because of the popularity of THG) and is a bestselling series AND has 4 movies in the making. Buuut…what are the similarities?
– Government? It’s completely different. THG basically has a dictatorship while Divergent has a “supposed” voting system.
– Dystopian? Yes, they are both dystopian.
– Games? No. In Divergent they train for factions, but losing equals homelessness not death.
– Love triangle? There is no love triangle in Divergent.
– Weapon skills? Yes for both. But are we comparing The Hunger Games to Lord of the Rings? Why not, then?! Lord of the Rings has archery!
While I think Divergent to The Hunger Games is one of the BETTER comparisons out there…it’s still not very similar.
This was on the list that I posted above of 25 Series to Read if You Love The Hunger Games. I snapped it up from my library ASAP. The only similarities: survival. And, um, Peak is about climbing Mount Everest…not exactly a Katniss-surviving-the-arena situation.
Mm…the only similarity is the genre. Oh, and the love-triangle. I didn’t finish the Matched trilogy, so I can’t talk about what it becomes, but the first book sure-as-sprinkles isn’t like The Hunger Games.
While I love this book to death, it’s LAUGHABLE how NOT like The Hunger Games it is. Okay, excuse me, I’m just giggling. This book is about racing flesh-eating-sea-horses and life on a tiny island. It’s not even dystopian!
I just…I don’t even know what the similarities even are supposed to be.
This picture is from the author’s website of people who’ve read/endorsed the Starters trilogy. There are STACKS of excerpts from reviews there, and even more of them mention comparisons to The Hunger Games.
Oh gosh, I don’t even know what to say. What is there to compare? They’re both dystopian. And they both feature a female protagonists who sacrifices future wellbeing for a younger sibling. (That’s actually iffy to me, since Starters was published after THG. But anyway!) But…that’s it!
Naturally this is just my personal opinion, but I’m so stinking tired of The Hunger Games comparisons. Comparisons in general tend to suck. I’ve heard the new If I Stay movie is already being pitched as the “next” The Fault in Our Stars and…um…TFIOS hasn’t even hit cinemas yet! What is going on here??!
Also, I find the comparisons are more likely to make me dislike the new book. After all, I’m a huge fan of THG! This little fresh-faced-paperback has mountains to live up to if it’s got “the next Hunger Games” plastered on it’s cover…and I haven’t even cracked it open yet.
Can we put this market ploy to rest yet? Please. See me asking nice and politely and everything…
Cait read 11 books out of the 25 on that picture list before she realised it wasn’t very truthful. Although, in the list’s defence, she did find some epic awesome books like Cinder and The Scorpio Races. Currently Cait is telling herself she doesn’t need to go to the library. She needs a reading break. Right? Right. No library. Be strong.