As two of the biggest phenomenons of the new millennium, The Twilight Saga and The Hunger Games share more than a few similarities. They didn’t exactly co-exist, with the first chapter in The Hunger Games premiering eight months before the final Twilight movie. Even so, a lot of people filled the gap left by Twilight and Harry Potter with Katniss and company.
Despite being aimed at a similar demographic, both sagas feature very different characters. Whereas the Panem gang is tough, rugged, and used to brutal conditions, the Forks vampires lead more glamorous and charmed lives. Still, some of these characters could find solace in each other and actually create lasting romantic bonds. Others, however, would be explosive together and their union would inevitably implode.
Wouldn’t Work: Clove & Jacob
It’s fair to say that Jacob has very little development in the Twilight saga, despite being one of the main characters. He grows older, but not necessarily wiser. Indeed, he remains impulsive and slightly immature, even if he does become stronger and more resistant.
Jacob, however, isn’t cruel or capable of willingly hurting others. Clove, on the other hand, is a career tribute literally raised to kill. Teenage Jacob and Clove could perhaps explore the idea of a relationship, but it would never work. Jacob would be instantly appalled by Clove’s horrid behavior and would put as much distance between them as possible.
Would Work: Annie & Jasper
Despite having a very traumatic and regret-filled backstory, Jasper still tries to lead a somewhat normal life, even if he can’t quite overcome his mistakes. Annie for her part is also haunted by the events of her past, which left her struggling mentally and emotionally.
Although both dealing with their own demons, Jasper and Annie could make it together, mainly because they understand what the other is going through. And while their relationship wouldn’t be easy, they’d still find a dynamic that worked for them, even if no one else understood it.
Wouldn’t Work: Coin & Aro
President Alma Coin isn’t exactly an open book. A cold and monotone woman, even Aro would have trouble reading her. These two could perhaps come together out of ambition or a shared desire to survive. After all, Aro could be instrumental in Coin’s rise to power within Panem, and she could provide him with plenty of “food.”
Their own selfishness would eventually be their undoing. The two would betray each other at the first opportunity, destroying whatever relationship they built in the first place.
Would Work: Kate & Haymitch
District 12’s resident alcoholic, Haymitch is much more than just a former victor. He’s someone who understands how the system works and knows how to manipulate it without ever agreeing with it, a true if unconventional mentor. Kate, a powerful member of the Denali coven, also knows a thing or two about keeping appearances for the sake of fitting in.
These two would have so much fun together. They share a very particular sense of adventure that just barely flirts with recklessness. Haymitch would have no problem at all with her vampirism and she would make sure to keep her new paramour safe from any threat.
Wouldn’t Work: Effie & Charlie
Extravagant, larger-than-life Effie would feel imprisoned in dull, gray, static of Forks, Washington. Her desperation would increase if, on top of everything, she was also involved with dull, gray, static Charlie Swan.
It’s not that Charlie is a bad guy, quite the opposite. He’s decent, hardworking, and caring, attributes that could make him quite the catch. However, he’s also quiet, brooding, distant, and inexpressive. Effie would try to make it work and even Charlie would make an effort to come out of his shell. In the end, though, their differences would prove too significant to overcome, and they would part in good terms.
Would Work: Johanna & Victoria
These two would wreak havoc together. Victoria wasn’t necessarily evil before encountering Bella and company, she was just a vampire who indulged in her most primal needs with little to no compassion for her victims. Johanna could also fit this description, without the vampire part. In the end, these girls value self-preservation above everything else and are willing to do everything to stay alive.
Together, they could rule the world. They’d protect each other, traveling and exploring every corner of the world. God only knows what fate awaits the poor fool who crosses their path.
Wouldn’t Work: Bella & Gale
Bella Swan is infamous for being an especially bland teenager. She doesn’t really have ambitions, isn’t particularly accomplished, and seems to only care about one thing. Gale shares Bella’s lack of expressiveness, but not her passivity. As a matter of fact, Gale is quite angry and envious, traits that make him more reckless.
Gale could be attracted to Bella, but he’d become annoyed by her stillness after a while. Similarly, Gale’s brutish ways would repel Bella and all the charm would be over after a couple of weeks, days even. These two would just not see eye to eye about anything.
Would Work: Emmett & Finnick
What’s better than one himbo? A couple, of course. Emmett and Finnick are brave, courageous, loyal, and gorgeous to look at. Sure, they’re not the sharpest tools in the shed, but they’ll always try their level best to support their friends and loved ones.
They’re also skilled and capable fighters, but they’d rather avoid the fight when possible. Instead, they’d surely go on camping trips and hiking adventures, before taking a dip in the ocean. Their relationship would be equal parts friendship and love affair, which means it would have everything to make it all the way.
Wouldn’t Work: Katniss & Edward
In a few short words, Edward Cullen would drive Katniss Everdeen insane. He has the quiet and understanding nature that she famously lacks, which might make her give the relationship a chance. Soon, however, she’d come to regret her decision.
Edward is not only stoic and compassionate but also needy, clingy, possessive, brooding, and extremely stubborn. He would go out of his way to keep Katniss “safe,” which would only drive her further away. These two would end up annoying each other so much that their relationship would end by mutual accord, with neither interested in trying to stay friends.
Would Work: Bella & Peeta
Unlike her potential relationship with Gale, Bella could actually make things work with the sweet and unassuming Peeta Mellark. They’re both naive and trusting, perhaps too much for their own good. They’re also kind, tough, and surprisingly resilient, willing to die for the ones they love.
They would both give way too much in the relationship and others might take advantage of them. They’d still find a way to be happy, though, giving little to no thought to what others think. The crucial part of their relationship is their willingness to express their emotions and live their love freely. In all honesty, they both deserve a win.