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By Josh Sewell:
Even before the movie version of The Hunger Games started making a ton of cash at the box office, it was constantly being declared the next Twilight by various magazine articles, websites and entertainment programs. Sure, the tales have surface similarities: both are classified as young adult lit, both have teen girls as the main character and both include a love triangle of sorts (though in The Hunger Games this barely counts as a subplot).
But on the whole, Suzanne Collins’ parable about a bleak dystopian future couldn’t be more different than Stephenie Meyer’s supernatural romance. Here are a few reasons why:
1. It’s sci-fi, not a soap opera
Chalk It Up To Bad Marketing
Disney’s long-in-development “John Carter” took in $30.6 million at the box office last weekend, typically a respectable figure. So why are most media outlets calling it a bomb?
Probably because several sources (including The New York Times, in a story with the scathing headline “‘Ishtar’ Lands On Mars”) have the film’s production and marketing budget estimated at a whopping $350 million, meaning the movie has to do “Titanic”-style business to even have a shot at breaking even. Which it’s not.
Stephen King is arguably the most famous writer in the world, so calling him my favorite author isn’t exactly a revolutionary statement. I could say I prefer some obscure novelist who is beloved by the literary elite, but I’d be lying. He went right to the top of my list when I read It at 12, and he has remained there ever since.
So imagine how excited I was to learn that King would be giving the closing address at last month’s Savannah Book Festival. A select few would even get to have a book signed, something the author rarely does. I ordered my ticket in October — the event sold out in less than two hours — and started counting down the days.