I watched Tuck Everlasting on Saturday, since I enjoyed the book but had never seen the movie. It was okay, but the book is far better.
While I was watching it, I couldn't help but notice the number of things Tuck Everlasting and Twilight have in common.
A list of the similarities:
The families of the male main character:
Move around a lot
Live out in the woods
Include a mother who welcomes the idea of another family member
Include a father who is warier of other people
Include a sibling who strongly opposes telling anyone about their existence
Include a brother who is older and stronger
(In Twilight, the last two are Rosalie and Emmett; in Tuck Everlasting they're combined in Miles)
The love interests Edward and Jesse:
Are the same actual age: 104
Are the same physical age: 17
Both seem to fall instantly in love with the main character
The main character:
Parent(s) is/are in a position of authority
There is someone hunting the supernatural family and main character
There is a threat of death
There is a risk of the family being exposed
One of the characters/character hunting the family dies
The family leaves (this happens later in The Twilight Saga)
But where the differences end is in the female main character.
Bella Swan from Twilight decides to spend her immortal life with Edward Cullen; Winnie Foster from Tuck Everlasting turns down the chance to live with Jesse and, instead, becomes a wife and mother (according to the movie) and lives a mortal life. In addition, when the love interest leaves, the two characters respond very differently: Bella curls up and wallows in misery, while Winnie goes on with her life.
All in all, I'm a much bigger fan of Winnie Foster than I am of Bella Swan. If you ask me, she made the more down-to-earth decision by deciding to die and live without Jesse. It was a strong, independent choice, and it carries a message with it of living your life to the fullest.
Have you read/watched Twilight or Tuck Everlasting? If you read/watched both, did you notice similarities between the works? Which do you like better?
Are there any other stories that you find are similar in plot, character, and/or setting?
-----The Golden Eagle