J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins?

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Re: J.K. Rowling or Suzanne Collins?

Post by Nightreaderx »

If I could choose to be one of these authors I would want to be J.K Rowling. The amount of creativity and imagination that has been put into her work is astounding. Not only did she write the Harry Potter novels, but she also wrote the fantastic beasts and where to find them, which is also a part of the wizarding world, just with different characters and in a different time period. If I could have even one-quarter of her talent, I would feel so privileged.

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Post by Chirlerona »

For me there is no comparison, it is J.K.Rowling all the way.I like reading books by Suzanme Collins, but the number of times I re-read Harry Potter proves that J.K.Rowling's style of writing and imagination is much more appealing to my character.

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Post by Felicity Granger »

J.K. Rowling. Hands down. I loved the Hunger Games series but it wasn't as revolutionary and awe-inspiring as the Harry Potter franchise. Not only that, I grew up reading these series, watching and waiting for the movies. I totally feel that they're in a separate realm and shouldn't be compared because I feel that Collins' work is noteworthy just not on par with Rowling's.

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angiejack456 wrote:
05 Feb 2019, 12:35
I love both series. They are both amazing reads. However, my vote has to be for J.K. Rowling. Her world building, plot complexities, and character development are above and beyond.
Couldn't agree more with this - both authors are incredible and have written brilliant series, but J K Rowling will always get my vote.

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J.K. Rowling - I like that series a little better over all, and if I am choosing which one I would have preferred to write, it would be the one that is vastly more popular ha
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Post by hisamluv »

I choose J. K. Rowlings she's my favorite all the time. Suzane Collins can com in later.

Besides Harry Porter has an edge over the Hunger Games.

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Post by Jennashby_87 »

J.K Rowling for sure. The Harry Potter series is just unreal. The books are so well written and so imaginative. I’m such a huge Potter fan and so are all of my friends.

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Post by Nickolas Farmakis »

I think I prefer Suzanne Collins, as I am not a fan of Harry Potter at all, and I prefer the Hunger Games.

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Post by nfdoughe »

I have to admit I don't find Suzanne Collins that exceptional. She was at the front of dystopian young adult fiction, but then the market was just flooded. It wasn't her fault of course but there's still nothing out there like Harry Potter for me. I also think Hunger Games took a lot of ideas from other places (ancient Rome for starters) whereas I find J. K. Rowling original.
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Post by Athena04 »

I would love to have written the Harry Potter book because they were my childhood and I still adore them. And you can say I’m a complete Potterhead and I have never read the Hungergames books because I was never really interested in them. So I choose J.K. Rowling!!!

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Post by slj3988 »

I'm not really a fan of either. Hunger Games was ok. Which would I have rather written? Harry Potter, I guess. She's made way more money :lol:

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Post by lwahls2 »

JK Rowling for sure! She is a genius storyteller with an unimaginable imagination. Collins also does great work but nothing beats the intricacies and detail of Harry Potter.
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Post by Rae15 »

First thing to consider is do you mean to pick between the author themselves or the series?
Second thing, I am comparing by writing style, plotline and impact on myself. I pick the Harry potter because I have grown up reading it and it has shaped me. The Hunger Games was a really good series but it didn't have as much impact on me. The plotline in both books were amazing and had very little holes. The way that the authors had used detail zooming to make every chapter to blend is very impressive. As expected since they are experienced authors with years of expirience. But I will have to choose Harry Potter again because during the first three pages i was already very interested and I was only in 5th grade at the time. It took me until the 3rd chapter to really get interested in The Hunger games. I did read it when I was a bit older though.
They are both amazing authors and have their own strengths and weaknesses. If we were talking about just the authors my opinion might have changed.

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Post by sevencrows »

I believe J.K. Rowling comes out superior in worldbuilding, but Collins creates a stunning portrayal of PTSD in a character, and holds a mirror to the darker sides of life that are explored with trope subversion and morally ambiguous but developed characters. (Though of course J.K. Rowling had compelling and developed characters, they don't manage to hit the same level of dark complexity in three books.)

Of course, that's expected of their genres: Collins is post-apolyptic YA, which is intended to show the real and the gritty, while Rowling writes what's mostly regarded as middle grade fantasy, which had fantastic worldbuilding.

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Post by Reviewer1969 »

I think this question depends on who the reader is and what their level of patience is. For example, a young teen who wants to enter a world of magic that isn't too startlingly different from their own would be more inclined to read Harry Potter. This is especially true of people who are willing and able to read a hefty 7 book long series to get to its inner depths, an overarching commentary on race, extremist groups and society.

The Hunger Games series, however, is far more fast paced. It is jarringly obvious to the reader from the first handful of chapter that the series is combating the idea of oppressive, communist like estates that have complete control over its people. It also comments on humanity as a whole, similar to Harry Potter, but does so in a far more direct way. The downside is that it loses key audience members from the start who criticize it for being too intense.

I think J.K. Rowling, and by default Harry Potter, is a better writer because she is able to attack these incredibly important themes in a clear, yet not offensive manner. It changes the readers perspective on how they address those different from them as they read the book rather then yelling at them that things must change, which is how it feels when reading Hunger Games. Sometimes more subtle approaches are the most impactful because it gets to the root.

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