What’s ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ Connection?

The Hunger Games‘ Katniss Everdeen is a tough, strong teen fighting for her life in a post-apocalyptic world while Clarissa Explains It All’s Clarissa Darling is a trendy teen dealing with the day-to-day issues of being a teenager in suburban Ohio. What do the seemingly completely different female characters have in common? Suzanne Collins! Before penning The Hunger Games books, the author worked as a writer on a little show on Nickelodeon called Clarissa Explains It All. Pretty rad right?

Entertainment Weekly compiled an impressive list of ways that Clarissa and Katniss are similar. Check out their first four reasons below:

“1. Sam is totally Peeta; Clifford is Gale. Sweet, sensitive Sam keeps Clarissa looking on the bright side, no matter what dilemma of utmost importance she’s struggling with. Sam always asked Clarissa, “What’s the worst that could happen?”; Peeta, similarly, is just so incredibly good and tries to keep Katniss believing in humanity, even as actual atrocities are happening all around them. In the early years, Clarissa kept Sam firmly in the just-friends category and dated the gruffer and tougher Clifford Spleenhurfer, who in a Hunger Games love triangle would be the Gale character. Fun fact: Collins wrote the episode in which Sam first thought Clarissa was the perfect girl for him — awww!

2. Both are bad-ass rebels. Katniss risks her life countless times to stand up to the Capitol. Clarissa gets arrested for protesting animal testing.

3. Both are strategic masterminds. When fighting for her life in the arena, Katniss has the uncanny ability to think a few steps ahead of opponents who are trying to kill her. When Clarissa anticipated conflict, she programmed those super-cool computer games to help her form a plan of attack.

4. They both have food issues. So Katniss and the other denizens of Panem’s outer districts are seriously starving and constantly looking for sustenance — but Clarissa also had a bit of an obsession when it came to eating the foods she wanted. Her mother Janet was a hippy-dippy tofu enthusiast who only allowed healthy, nasty foods in the house. When Clarissa and her ginger brother Ferguson once have a chance to eat pizza, they attack it like deprived, ravenous animals.”

For the 5th through 7th reasons, read them on Entertainment Weekly!

How else do you think Hunger Games’ Katniss and Clarissa are similar? Which Suzanne Collins work do you like more: The Hunger Games or Clarissa Explains It All?