The BlueBeards wrote:So this Hunger Game flick, is a blatent rip off of the Japanese 'Battle Royale' book and movie, or not? I liked Battle Royale.
It has a lot of similarities, but the Hunger Games book (which is really a series of books) is a lot more than just a bunch of teens trying to kill each other. It goes into the broader political issues of Panem (the world it takes place in), differences between the districts, life outside of the "arena" and really evolves into a totally different type of story, especially in the third book. Also, it has a big love triangle that is much further developed in the books than in the movie. I think Hunger Games does a much better job of developing the characters than Battle Royale, especially with Katniss. Hunger Games definitely deserves a fair amount of criticism for not being all that original, but it is still a better story than BR, IMO. If you happen to read the books, expect the ending to the series to piss you off. It's like the author ran out of time and threw together this sloppy, terrible conclusion. She definitely gets far too much credit considering her writing is pretty poor. I think a more talented author could have taken this story and done amazing things with it.
For the record, the author of Hunger Games claims to have never heard of BR until after she had completed her book.