What other books/stories does The Hunger Games remind you of? I finally caved to the hype and just finished the first book in the series.  I couldn't help feeling the entire time this sense of deja-vu, like, "Haven't I read this before...?" Did anyone else feel like the originality of this story was a little over-hyped?  What books or stories were you reminded of when you read The Hunger Games?

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I have recently started reading a book called The Roar by Emma Clayton.  While I haven't quite finished it, I would highly recommend it to people that enjoyed The Hunger Games.  

They are similar books in that they are both set in a distopian future, involve teenagers as the main characters, and an abusive government is a persistent threat.  There are some differences, but again, they are very similar.

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While there are some definite differences, in many ways the survival aspect of the characters in this book reminds me of Alas Babylon by Pat Frank.  Despite the world as they knew it crumbling about, there was still beauty, love, and hope in surviving the abyss that the world had become.

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I second #3's The Running Man, but I will point out that it was based on a novel by Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman... so the literary precedent is there as well. Also compare Bachman's (King's) other novel, The Long Walk.

Another novel with a similar theme is Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami, which is famous for its theme of young people placed together in a controlled environment and forced to fight to the death. Also see the 2001 film Series 7, and as #2 says, any number of pseudo-utopian/dystopian works.

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While not exactly alike, I would say that the issues raised in the book reminded me of Zola's Germinal. I know some of you may think that this is a far stretch, but the ordeal which the villagers face against the owners of the mines has a striking resemblance to the novel. (Great thing about literature is it brings out different things in each reader!)

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Does anybody else out there remember a book called Vernon God Little? The Hunger Games reminded me of this book, and also of an early Schwarzneggar film called The Running Man, both of which take the reality TV craze to its ultimate end by focusing on televising death sentences being carried out on one and seeing criminals having to face gladiators and fight for surival in a televised struggle in the second. I do agree that this book therefore does pick up and develop a theme that is present in other texts.

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The Hunger Games books are an obvious dystopia. They remind me of all other dystopias. The actual idea of castes and the games is not that original either. That being said, I think that just because a story is not original does not mean that it isn't interesting or worth reading.
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