First of all, there will be no more associating The Hunger Games books with Twilight. I don’t want it, you don’t want it, and I guarantee Suzanne Collins doesn’t want any more of it, either. That last post was to get something out of my system.
Now, whenever someone describes The Hunger Games to you, they inevitably use a distinct chain of references. Some examples.
“At different times, the novel reminded me of everything from the myth of Theseus and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” to Stephen King’s “The Running Man” and the reality-TV show ‘Survivor.’” – Christian Science Monitor
“… readers of Battle Royale (by Koushun Takami), The Running Man, or The Long Walk (those latter two by some guy named Bachman) will quickly realize they have visited these TV badlands before.” –Stephen King for Entertainment Weekly
“Fahrenheit 451, The Giver, The House of the Scorpion—and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games… Rather less 1984 and rather more Death Race 2000.” – Publishers Weekly
You learn, ultimately, that people have read and watched lots of things. But why stop there? Surely we haven’t run out of gas in describing the various ways this book reads. Let me try a few.
“The Hunger Games is like a cross between…
1. Hatchet and American Gladiators
2. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Apocalypto
3. The TV show Lost and The Taming of the Shrew
4. The Princess Diaries and Fallout 3
5. Rambo II and a Lifetime Channel original movie
6. Heart of Darkness and High School Musical
7. The Catcher in the Rye and Kill Bill: Vol. 1
8. The Old Testament and Nickelodeon GUTS
Goodness me, so many influences! In case you’ve not read The Hunger Games, that should help, shouldn’t it? And not confuse the original story at all? You’re welcome.