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Feature: 'The Hunger Games'

@Beth: Interesting that you have to step in to defend Mr. Rodriguez. Of course, you missed my very obvious point, that comparisons of THE HUNGER GAMES to the BATTLE ROYALE are, according to Mr. Rodriguez, "tired."

As I clearly stated earlier, this issue is far from "tired" and should be explored even further and on a much grander scale.

As for your misinformation about BATTLE ROYALE, first of all, my wife, who is a kindergarten teacher and cares not one iota about my love of horror, Asian cinema, etc., very easily purchased a legal special edition Korean DVD of BATTLE ROYALE from Amazon several years ago. Here's the link to the 2003 release that was sold on Amazon.

In addition, several other versions of the film have been available since before THE HUNGER GAMES appeared on bookshelves, as did several variations of the BATTLE ROYALE books.

And if you think employees at Ms. Collins' publishing house were unaware of the BATTLE ROYALE series, then you are more naive than Ms. Collins is full of bologna.

Furthermore, despite your contention, BATTLE ROYALE actually WAS a "hugely successful foreign film" in several countries including Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, United Kingdom, and many more.

In addition, this is the age of the internet. Has been for nearly twenty years now. BATTLE ROYALE has been readily available via online distribution and/or illegal torrents and information about it has appeared on numerous websites and magazines dedicated to the genre -- see Fangoria, Rue Morgue, Horror Hound, Bloody Disgusting, Asian Cinema, Video Watchdog, etc., etc., etc., almost since the release of the first film.

For an author to feign ignorance in this day and age about a book and film that caused an international stir is ludicrous. And to stand up for someone who claims such ignorance makes me question your true motives.


March 24, 2012 at 8:02 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Feature: 'The Hunger Games'

The comparison of THE HUNGER GAMES to BATTLE ROYALE is "tired"? Are you effing serious?

Hmmm, let's see. Major film adaptation comes out today of best-selling book that was blatantly "influenced" by a hugely successful foreign film that has been over the internet for the past decade. Author feigns surprise at its existence, yet willingly reaps the rewards of her "original work." Of course, to the average PBS viewer/reader, this is all new information.

Wannabe horror guy/blogger blows off commenter by declaring that comparison is "tired" and defends rich author for her ignorance/inability to use the internet/etc.

Like I said earlier, are you effing serious?

Condescension does not become you, Mr. Rodriguez.

March 23, 2012 at 3:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )