The Long Walk!

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addieprey

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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!
 

KINGSMAN129

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Not a rip off in my opinion.

No more than Salem's Lot is a rip off of Dracula.
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! :)
 

AnnaMarie

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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! :)

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

Christine62

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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.
 
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ghost19

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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.