Something I’ve always comforted myself with is the knowledge that the Harry Potter and Hunger Games fandoms are too mature to get bogged down in the weird “Team X vs. Team Y” debates. I always figured that Potterheads and Tributes understood that their beloved YA series are very different and so don’t even need to be compared.
Then came the MTV Movie Awards, where these two series were pitted against one another in Best Female Performance, Best Cast, etc. etc., and things got ugly. It started when Jennifer Lawrence beat Emma Watson for Best Female, and Tumblr blew up with fans’ ire:
owlseys3: WHAT? WAIT! NO, IT CAN’T BE!!!!!!!!!!!! EMMA… SHE… SHE WAS… SHE DIDN’T WIN? LIKE, IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!! SJJLCZFDKSJAL
DO YOU GUYS REALIZE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE CHANCES, DON’T YOU?
tialumos: JEN, IMMA LETCHU FINISH…
BUT EMMA WATSON IS THE BEST PERSON OF ALL TIME.
the-snitch-is-loose: I love you Jennifer Lawrence, but EMMA WATSON IS A GODDESS AND I LOVE HER WITH ALL OF MY HEART AND NOW I’M IN A RAGEEEEEE.
I said I wouldn’t get mad if Harry Potter didn’t win because I almost expected it but I CAN’T NOT GET MAD WHEN EMMA DOESN’T GET THE AWARD SHE SO DESERVES.
1directionismybitch: IF EMMA DOESN’T WIN THIS I HATE EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING SUCKS.
Same deal with Daniel Radcliffe versus Josh Hutcherson, who won for Best Male. I’m not going to copy over the Tumblr logs because it’s the same deal, down to the “Imma letchu finish” joke, but trust that fans are equally pissy that Josh has become Hollywood’s new beloved short, dark-haired hero.
Like I said when comparing the nominees, it’s odd that the MTV Movie Awards went to great pains to highlight Deathly Hallows, Part 2 since it’s been out of theaters for ages. At the same time, it’s the final year that Harry Potter can conceivably be honored, so fans are a lot more emotional and a lot less rational. Case in point: Before the show was even over, #muggleawards was trending on Twitter. It’s just so unfortunate that these fans got all worked up. Sure, Harry Potter is something that our generation grew up with, and saying goodbye has been really difficult. At the same time, we’ve grown up with this series; I expected better of the fanbase. Both fanbases, really. (Of course, Harry Potter winning Best Cast soothed the blow of the prior losses. Though you know that Catching Fire will probably pick up that honor at the 2014 awards.)
We were sure that the rivalry would come to blows over the Best Kiss award, but then Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart won for Breaking Dawn, Part 2. Guess that proves that when it comes to sexual tension, Twilight will still reign supreme, at least for another year.