Mar 23 2012
I’ve seen a bit of debate going on back and forth about The Hunger Games, and so I thought I’d make it an ACTUAL debate question of the day. The issue seems to be some people dismissing it as either A) the next Twilight or B) a Battle Royale rip-off, and the counterpoint is that no, neither of these things are true, and this is a unique and interesting universe.
I’m somewhere in the middle. There are definitely attempts at making the book appeal to the “young adult” crowd, an attempt which succeeds judging by the series’ massive popularity. But it’s far from Twilight. The love triangle is an afterthought, and is hardly the focus of the books. I think it’s actually the weakest angle of the series, but there are a bunch of girls going to see tonight’s film in “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale” shirts that would disagree.
As for being a Battle Royale rip-off? There are certainly similar elements, but remember that before Battle Royale, there was Lord of the Flies, and so on and so forth. All art is usually inspired by something else, either consciously or unconsciously. And the violence in these books is rather brutal, and had it not been obviously toned down, these movies would certainly be R-rated.
So, which side do you fall on?
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