17 October, 2011

Twilight And Tuck Everlasting: Similarities And Differences

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
Avoid people
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
Feels confined

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


Cassie Mae said...

I like both stories, and I must admit I noticed the similarities as well and I go back and forth between the two girls. I like how independent Winnie is, but I'm also a sucker for romance. And the fact is if I were in the situation, I would drink that water...or get bitten...so I could be with my man. With Winnie, I think she would have had the choice to still have kids though, but I'm not too sure of the mechanics of that, lol.

So though I find Bella sometimes annoying, I relate to her more, because I would react the same way in every situation she faced.

Holly L'Oiseau said...

I've never read Tuck Everlasting. I know, crazy right?! But I will now!

Reece said...

Star Wars IV and Eragon! Practically the only major differences are when the Han Solo/Murtag character shows up and when they rescue the princess/elf. Granted, Eragon has a few more details sprinkled in between the major events, but the basic plot is exactly the same.

Jenny S. Morris said...

I've never read Tuck Everlasting. Now when I do, I won't be to not compare them. But, I have a felling I'll like Winnie better.

Charles Gramlich said...

I did see the TWilight movie on a free movie week. I haven't seen or read Tuck, or read Twilight.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I assume Tuck Everlasting came first? Winnie sounds like the stronger character, that's for sure!

L.G.Smith said...

Love, love, love Tuck Everlasting. And you're right, what made it such a strong story is that Winnie has a mind of her own. Immortality isn't something you'd necessarily want if it meant seeing everyone you ever knew and loved die while you keep living.

Madeleine said...

Not heard of Tuck Everlasting. I'm intrigued.
I have read and watched Twilight, though I didn't feel that Carisle was warier of other people as you suggest. I could feel Bella's emptiness and longing when Edward leaves her and hated Edward's control freakishness when he returned (shown more in the book than the film)

Michael Offutt said...

The immortal life of Bella is just part of the whole Mormon belief in celestial marriage translated into allegory via book text. Nothing wrong with that...but just saying that this is what's going on with the marriage of Bella and Edward. It's like a temple marriage in the LDS church (and the author is LDS).

li said...

I prefer Winnie to Bella, but I have to admit that I think Bella has more in common with the "typical" teenage girls I know - plenty of drama and a penchant for wallowing in misery :-))

Emily Rose said...

I haven't read Twilight, but I know the basic story. Same with Tuck Everlasting. I don't think I would have thought to compare the two, but you made me realize how similar they really are. Great post, Golden.:)

Josh Hoyt said...

This is a great comparison. For me I agree with the idea of how weak the MC was in the Twilight series. I also thought it was sad at what was taught by how she reacted to losing her "one true love". O well as my friend puts it it got people to read which is always a bonus for all of us :)

ali cross said...

I haven't read TUCK EVERLASTING, but I really like how you described Jesse's choice as the stronger one.

Brian Miller said...

nice hit on the star wars eragon themes reece that is the first one i thought of...huh...interesting parallels in the twilight and tuck everlasting...had not thought of that...

Old Kitty said...

I've never heard of Tuck Everlasting!! Thanks for the info on this book. Oooh similarities... I can think of many similar to Lord of the Rings but I'm too scared to say cos the one I'm thinking of is mega popular!

Take care

Shelly said...

I've only read the Twilight Series.

C D Meetens said...

I saw "Tuck Everlasting" a while ago, and thought it had a bittersweet ending due to her leaving, but making that choice so that she could live her life. You comment about the book being better makes me want to read it.

I have seen "Twilight", but hadn't realised the similarities until you pointed them out.

Carrie Butler said...

Interesting! I've heard of Tuck Everlasting, but I haven't got around to tracking it down. Hmm...

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I never noticed the similarities before, but you're definitely right! I definitely like Winnie more, she's got gumption and common sense - two things I often find lacking in Bella Swan. I enjoyed both, though. :)

Alleged Author said...

This is great! I like Winnie much more than Bella, but I believe Bella is more typical of teens now. Awesome analysis. :)

Christine Rains said...

I've watched and read both. It's been so many years since I have, though, I never thought to compare them. But you're so right. Winnie is much better than Bella. I'm not a Twilight fan at all.

Shelley said...

Interesting observations Golden Eagle! :) I read all the books in the Twilight Saga, and have seen the first movie. And I own the Tuck Everlasting movie but have never read the book. I never even thought about how both stories are so similar, but you obviously found many similarities between the two! Great post!

That 20 Something Virgin. said...

I've never read Tuck Everlasting or seen the movie, but it's interesting you saw so many similiarities in the plots/ characters. I was never particularly fond of Bella Swan (I have read all the Twilight books and seen most of the movies once) so to me the other female character sounds better, although I've never read the other so I can't be sure.

E.D. said...

I haven't read Tuck Everlasting so I cannot comment on the similarities/differences - but I think I'll put it on my reading list...

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I would have never in a million years thought to parallel these books, but you're absolutely right! Give me a strong, courageous, independent protagonist any day.

Lydia Kang said...

I have not read Tuck Everlasting but I've heard good things about it. I think you may have been the proverbial straw...

Samantha Sotto said...

Fascinating comparison! I'm officially curious about Tuck Everlasting now :)

Reka Sang said...

I have seen Tuck Everlasting and the similarities were striking when I read the Twilight books last year. It was smart on your part to highlight these in a post.
I have seen teens but Bella was far too extreme. But then again I find a lot of teen love related suicides in our papers.
Eternity or not, now that is a choice difficult to make but it can get kind of boring unless it is a common occurrence.

Sarah Pearson said...

I've never even heard of Tuck Everlasting. Now I have, I'll have to search it out :-)

BornStoryteller said...

Might just be a guy thing, but I never had any interest in reading either book. I saw ONE of the the twilight movies (thanks to my daughter..yes, sarcasm in the thanks) and it was just something I'd like to forget.

Only reason I'd ever see Tuck Everlasting...wasn't Alexis Bloesdoe (?spelling) in it?

OH>>GE: I'm picking up my copy of SNUFF today!?!! New Discworld!! Woot!

Clarissa Draper said...

I haven't seen either but I agree that if the second went on to live her life, it's a much better character.

Susan Fields said...

I've never read Tuck Everlasting, and I didn't even know what it was about. I'm much more likely to read it now after reading this post, though!

Talli Roland said...

Interesting! I haven't seen or read either. As for similar stories, I think there's quite a few around. Not that I can think of any now... of course.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I have read just one book in the Twilight series. I have not read Truck Everlasting. Will try to get a copy of it.

M Pax said...

Great comparison. I only made it thru 1/2 of Twilight. I'm just not the demographic, but I could see why it appealed to its target audience.

I haven't read Tuck, but would prefer Winnie, too. I prefer women bucking up at some point. They don't have to start strong, but I like if they end up there in some way, somehow.

Jayne said...

Interesting comparisons. I haven'r read either (or seen the Twilight films) but find it interesting the main female character is called Bella 'Swan' - swans mate for life, hence perhaps that character curling up in misery. Sorry - that point is prob so obvious to people who have read the books etc!

nutschell said...

I definitely agree. I was never a big fan of Bella anyway.I usually love strong, independent female leads and Winnie's choice certainly proves that.:P


Heather said...

I haven't read Tuck but I have seen the movie and enjoyed it. Regardless of what was given up by either girl though, both knew what they wanted and went after it.

Rachel Morgan said...

I've watched both these movies, but so far apart that I hadn't picked up on the similarities. Thanks for listing them all! I've always thought that the way Bella reacted to Edward leaving was extremely unhealthy (though I do like the romantic idea of spending forever with someone! As long as you know you'll never get sick of them...).

The Golden Eagle said...

Cassie: I'm not positive about that, either. Miles had kids--but his wife wasn't immortal. :P

I'm not sure what I'd do, if I was offered the chance to live the rest of my life with someone I loved.

Holly: It's a good book. :)

Reece: I've never seen/read Star Wars (I know, I know, I love SF but I don't know Star Wars). I did read somewhere that the two had a lot of similarities, though.

Jenny: She's my favorite character.

Charles: I'm not a fan of Twilight; if you've seen the movie but haven't read the book, I wouldn't really recommend it. :P

Alex: Yup--many years before The Twilight Saga, actually.

She is!

L.G.: It's a good story, isn't it? :) I need to go back and reread it one of these days . . .


Madeleine: Maybe it's more well-known here in the USA; I think it might be "required reading" for some schools.

I didn't like that part of Edward's character, either.

Michael: I didn't know Stephanie Meyer was LDS. I suppose it could be an influence . . . though my first impression after reading the book was just overblown first love. :P

Li: *sigh* I do wish it was the more level-headed teenage girls of my generation who showed through more. :P

Emily: Thank you! :)

Josh: Definitely. If it means people are picking up a book (and hey, it's even considered "cool"), then I don't have as much of a problem with it. LOL.

Ali: Winnie's, actually. :) Jesse Tuck was forced to flee when his family was under threat of being discovered.

Brian: I'll have to get around to reading Star Wars sometime. I really like The Inheritance Trilogy by Christopher Paolini . . .

Old Kitty: You're welcome!

Is it The Sword of Shannara? I kept comparing that one to LOTR in my mind while I was reading it. :P

Shelly: You should read Tuck Everlasting; it's a really good book. :)

C D: I do think it's better--though, there are several differences between the book and the movie. Nothing really major plot-wise, but enough.

Carrie: It's a good book. :)

Bethany: I never really found much "gumption" in Bella Swan . . . to me, she just sat around and made questionable decisions. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

Alleged: Thanks!

Unfortunately, I can see why people would say that of teens--but it does frustrate me when they do. I know girls my age who aren't like that at all. :P

Christine: Neither am I.

Shelley: Thank you! :)

That 20 Something Virgin: I read all the books in The Twilight Saga (in the vain hope they would appeal to me more as they went on) but didn't bother with the third movie.

Tuck Everlasting is a good book!

E.D.: Hope you like it. :)

Caroline: Same here!

Lydia: I do recommend reading it--it's a good story. :)

Samantha: Thanks!

Reka: I've never read of a love-related suicide in the papers around here, but then again, I don't pay a lot of attention to the local news. :P

Sarah: I hope you enjoy the book, if you do read it. :)

Stuart: LOL. I wouldn't mind forgetting the Twilight movie, either . . .

Bledel. She played the part of Winnie Foster well.


Enjoy the book!

Clarissa: That's what I think, too.

Susan: You should read it! It's a good book.

Talli: As for The Twilight Saga, that's probably a good thing. :P

Rachna: Hope you enjoy the book. :)

M: Thanks!

Me, too. If the MC is weak at the end, it just doesn't appeal.

Jayne: Thanks. :)

I hadn't noticed that--I didn't know swans mated for life. That's interesting; it does make sense in relation to her name!

Nutschell: Definitely. :)

Heather: To a point . . . I found Bella was much too indecisive toward the end there, kissing Jacob when she was engaged (!) to Edward.

Rachel: You're welcome!

LOL. Yeah--it would be a bit of a bummer if you got sick of the person you'd decided to spend the rest of eternity with, wouldn't it? :P

Valerie Hardin said...

I must be one of those teenagers then XD

If I had to live without my love, then have kids with someone else, I guess Winnie never actually loved him. She should've stayed, instead of disappearing and loving another man. She pretty much just left and forgot about him.

I relate to Bella a lot. She really loved Edward. Even when she had a chance to live another life with Jacob, she decided she didn't want that, that she would never be happy without him (and went and saved him). And I couldn't stand to be without my love as well. Of course anyone would cry if they're loved one left, no ones made of stone or completely heartless. And I don't think anyone fears death. And I agree about fearing a life unlived, but also fearing the end of something so precious and so rare. Why give up a dream so far beyond anyone's expectations? When your given it, you never give up on it, you fight for it, with all you got. -Im a Twiheart