It’s widely accepted that there’s nothing new under the sun. Nowhere is that more true than the literary world, where countless authors have homaged, remixed, or flat-out stolen a unique concept or killer plotline for their own works.
To wit: When Suzanne Collins published her 2008 teenybopper tome The Hunger Games, critics noticed it’s premise was not unlike Koushun Takami’s groundbreaking novel Battle Royale (and Kinji Fukasaku’s subsequent film adaptation).
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Collins pleaded innocence, claiming there’s no way her post-apocalyptic story of sequestered teenagers fighting to the death for a government-sponsored competition was ripped off from Takami’s dystopian tale of Japanese high schoolers forced to kill each other off on an isolated island as part of a government-mandated program. Uh-huh.
Spot the similarities when the monthly Cult Classic film series screens Battle Royale at Madcap Theatre on Friday (a.k.a. the same day The Hunger Games opens nationwide).
Fri., March 23, 9 p.m., 2012