‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ Is Not Like ‘The Hunger Games’

Sisterhood of the Traveling PantsSisterhood of the Traveling Pants is another book-turned-movie, but it is not like The Hunger Games, Twilight, or any of the other deals. There are countless differences between this young adult book adaptation and many of the others, and many even forget that it movies started as books in the first place.

The announcement that the fifth book of the sisterhood is to be turned into a movie will be met with a roll of the eyes from some. It’s yet another book that will become a movie, because writers are too lazy to come up with fresh ideas and networks want to profit from great selling books. That is not entirely the case.

This new movie is the third in the series of movies that follow the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It is also worth pointing out that there are actually five books in the series. Unlike The Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter and many others, the second movie joined the second, third and fourth books together. The fifth book is not going to be split into two movies just to milk more money out of the franchise. The movie is being created to bring a well-deserved end to the series.

Another point worth making out is that the books are not the “end of the world,” antihero style books. The characters are fleshed out, completely different from each other and have real-world problems that young adults can relate to. It is clear just from that that the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is not like The Hunger Games and all the rest fantasy, end of the world franchises.

There is also the benefit of the movies, and the books, passing the Bechdel test. This states that a work of fiction must have at least two main female characters, and they have to have a conversation about something other than men. While a lot of the conversations in the series of books do surround boys—they start out as 17-year-old girls—there are a number of named females who do have other conversations. In one scene in the first book and move, Bridget, played by Blake Lively, has an in-depth conversation with her three best friends about her mother’s passing, her feelings about that and her fears because of it. It’s a heart-wrenching conversation, but something that pulls the audience in and is refreshing for many.

Movies that pass the Bechdel test are more likely to succeed in movie theaters than others. This was seen most recently with Frozen, which surprised many by proving that love between sisters is just as, if not more powerful, than the love between a boy and girl.

While there are many books out there being adapted into movies, not all production companies do it to just make money. They know the movies will be loved by most, and will offer positive influences to those watching it. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is one of those examples, and is nothing like The Hunger Games, Twilight and many other end of the world, fantasy book-turned-movie franchises.

Opinion by Alexandria Ingham


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