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