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The Long Walk!

Discussion in 'The Long Walk' started by KINGSMAN129, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    Is it just me, or does anyone else think that THE HUNGER GAMES idea is a RIP OFF from Mr. King's The Long Walk?
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  2. Autumn Gust

    Autumn Gust Well-Known Member

    You know, I thought the exact same thing but never mentioned it to anyone.
  3. AnnaRose

    AnnaRose Well-Known Member

    They are a little too similar…I love The Hunger Games nonetheless. But The Long Walk more of course.
  4. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    I have never read the hunger games.
  5. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    They call it The Draft.
  6. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    Thank GOD they ended that! :)
  7. addieprey

    addieprey Well-Known Member

    I was given a copy of The Hunger Games to read awhile ago and I made it through a few chapters and two things made me not want to finish it: I thought it was an imitation (or rip off) of The Long Walk and the names were too ridiculous. I just couldn't read names like Catniss Hopscotch (or whatever) and not want to throw the book across the room!
  8. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    I'm NOT saying that it wasn't a DECENT read, or a GOOD flick, I'm just saying that I BELIEVE it's a RIP OFF! :)
  9. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I just got this in the mail today and will begin reading it in just a bit (thank you Linda!). Will let you know - I didn't read Hunger Games though, but saw both the movies and enjoyed them.
  10. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    Not a rip off in my opinion.

    No more than Salem's Lot is a rip off of Dracula.
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  11. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    I ENJOYED them also! :)
  12. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    I completely DISAGREE! The thing about THAT is, DRACULA & JERUSALEM'S LOT both take place in 2 completely DIFFERENT time periods, with very little in COMMON, short of VAMPIRES! THE LONG WALK & THE HUNGER GAMES both take place in a future RULED by a DICTATORIAL GOVERNMENT that mandates participation of MINORS in a highly publicized SURVIVAL CONTEST, wherein the WINNER receives FAME & FORTUNE, and the LOSERS are all DEAD! :)
  13. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Similar stories, yes. A rip off, no. Of course, I haven't read The Hunger Games, so all I know of it is from seeing the first movie.
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  14. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    I AGREE to DISAGREE! OPPINIONS are like... well you KNOW, EVERYONE has got one! :)
  15. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    With completely different games, and completely different characters, and completely different outcomes.
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  16. Christine62

    Christine62 Well-Known Member

    We put such a premium on the fresh idea when there are none. Stories have been retold and retold since we were all cooking meat in caves. Take man against monster--I guess we could say that Mr. King ripped that off from Beowolf. They say Shakespeare ripped off plots all the time but it's not the story--but it is HOW IT IS TOLD. And if that is the criteria then Mr. King and Mr. Shakespeare belong in the genius club.
    I don't know how many times I've seen the seeds of Kings plots on The Twilight Zone and more power to him. I saw a youtube talk of Mr. King where he was talking to young writers and he didn't say anything about "Well, first you have to have an original idea." You know what he said? "You have to look. You have to watch people." And that is his secret. He watches and looks and observes the human drama and it's players very closely and damn it--HE THINKS ABOUT THINGS. And his work reflects that.
    If we created a canned plot ie dead mother speaks through a family cat and got a dozen or so names from the phone book and gave it to Mr. King he would make it shine and sparkle and wiggle to life and none of us would be able to look at our mothers or family cats the same way again.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
  17. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    I read somewhere that the author of The Hunger Games was watching an old re-run of American Gladiators then flipped the channel to some reality show. The combination of the two shows got her thinking about the plot of The Hunger Games. Katniss "Hopscotch"...I like your last name better Addie...lol., I read all three books, very much liked the first one then tried to figure a way throughout the second and third books to somehow transport into the novel and strangle Katniss to get it over with. Way too many "This is what I'm thinking" monologues in the second in third book. I kept waiting for the vampires and werewolves with the $1000.00 sparkly hair cuts and six pack abs to show up.
  18. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member

    I couldn't even finish the third.
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  19. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Yep. I agree. ;)
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  20. KINGSMAN129

    KINGSMAN129 Well-Known Member

    I LIKE you guys, INTELLIGENT people make for INTERESTING view points! I'm GLAD I found this place! :)

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