The Hunger Games: Original Concept, or Reinventing an Older One? (video)

[2 April 2010]

By Peta Jinnath Andersen

Everyone’s heard of The Hunger Games, right? It’s the hot new young adult dystopia by debut author Suzanne Collins, about a world in which 24 kids are forced to fight to the death on live TV.

Part of The Hunger Games’ appeal is its originality—except that, uh, it’s not actually the first book about a reality show where teens fight to the death. Here’s the trailer for the movie adaptation of Battle Royale, a Japanese book in a similar vein published in 1999 by Koushun Takami.

Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? Battle Royale? Can you see any similarities?

Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/post/123212-the-hunger-games-original-concept-or-reinventing-an-older-one/