Is ‘Divergent’ the new ‘Hunger Games’?

With “Divergent” opening on March 21, should Katniss and company be quaking in their boots?

The Hunger Games” and its sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” haven’t, well, caught fire at the Oscars, but they have done very well at fan-voted awards. Last year, the first film won Favorite Movie at the Kids’ Choice and People’s Choice Awards, was the Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie at Teen Choice, and took four MTV Movie Awards, including wins for stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

But “Hunger Games” hasn’t been indomitable. It lost the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie to another young-adult fantasy: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1.”

With the “Twilight” franchise finished, “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has that segment of youth fandom all to itself at the MTV Movie Awards, but that won’t be the case after “Divergent” opens.

“Divergent” ticks many of the same boxes as “Hunger Games.” It’s also female-driven story, based on a popular book series, set in a dystopian future where a young woman fights a corrupt system with the help of a hunky male co-star (Theo James). Like “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, “Divergent’s” Shailene Woodley had a career breakthrough in an Oscar-nominated film – “Winter’s Bone” for Lawrence, “The Descendants” for Woodley – before getting a shot at international stardom in a potential blockbuster franchise.

At most kudos, “Divergent” will likely go head-to-head against the penultimate “Hunger Games” film — “Mockingjay, Part 1” — which opens Nov. 21. Will “Divergent” come out ahead, or will it have to wait until “Hunger Games” concludes in 2015?

Until then predict whether “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will win Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards below:

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