'The Hunger Games': A fantasy film reflecting reality

Philadelphia Inquirer -'Conceptually, these are not new ideas,' says Rob Weiner, humanities and popular culture librarian at Texas Tech University. 'It goes back to The Most Dangerous Game, a 1930s picture and novel where you have humans hunting humans. And then you have movies like The Running Man and The Tenth Victim . . . . In the Japanese movie and book Battle Royale, ninth graders are killing each other under order of the government, fighting to the death.

Harry Potter. . . . Bella Swan. . . . Katniss Everdeen?

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"Conceptually, these are not new ideas," says Rob Weiner, humanities and popular culture librarian at Texas Tech University. "It goes back to The Most Dangerous Game, a 1930s picture and novel where you have humans hunting humans. And then you have movies like The Running Man and The Tenth Victim . . . . In the Japanese movie and book Battle Royale, ninth graders are killing each other under order of the government, fighting to the death.

" . . . And it goes back to Lord of the Flies, too, with kids fighting kids."

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