If I’m honest, I’m excited to see ‘The Hunger Games’; I’ve not read any of the books, but it looks like it’ll be a really great film.
However, I think the reason I’m excited is because I love Koushun Takami’s novel Battle Royale (and the film adaptation), and in my opinion, The Hunger Games is essentially a mash-up between that and Stephen King’s The Running Man. I’m actually really surprised I haven’t read any reviews/online articles saying this, but then again, I haven’t really read much about the film apart from the standard hype and a couple of interviews with the cast, so maybe critics have been saying this and I’ve just not being listening.
Okay, so I just Googled it and critics have been saying this, but I’m not really sure whether it should be a criticism of The Hunger Games or not. After all, the concept of Battle Royale is deep enough to really make you think, but the novel and film aren’t exactly child-friendly, so it’s good to see the themes of survival, human instinct versus morality, etc. duplicated in a novel and movie aimed at a younger audience. Aside from it’s cult status as a film, I’m also unsure as to how many people are aware of Battle Royale, so it’s also good to see the same ideas put across through a more mainstream platform.
But then again, the purist inside me is screaming in outrage at the sheer cheek of basically copying someone else’s literary work. I’m the kind of person that gets annoyed if an actor doesn’t quite look the way described, or if a film adaptation of a book deviates from the original plot in any way, so I’m pretty torn between being excited and wanting to boycott the whole thing out of a silly sense of loyalty to Battle Royale and The Running Man. I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve actually read the books and seen the film, and I can’t deny ‘The Hunger Games’ looks like a great movie; I just hope I can resist railing against it purely because of my allegiance to the things it looks to have taken inspiration from.
Written by Esther Scott