Post by annabellamy on Feb 15, 2012 12:58:04 GMT -8
Not sure if this goes here (I couldn't find it on the boards, so move/GY as appropriate).
Matt got me a copy of this book for Hallmark's Mega-Rip-Off Day yesterday. I've been reading it, and it's quite an interesting read. Best thing about it? IT'S JAPANESE XD The Hunger Games has been compared to it and called a 'rip-off', but I don't see it. They both have essentially the same premise: kids are taken away from their families and forced to fight in a random location until there's only one kid left. In this situation, Battle Royale has this thing called 'The Program' which is more militaristic (from what I've read, the kids kill each other so the government can test new weapons) and The Hunger Games are more of a tradition/revenge thing.
Post by candypants on Feb 15, 2012 19:24:22 GMT -8
I love this book! I have read it 4 times since I got it 4 years ago. The manga series is okay, but if I had to choose between the two mediums I'd pick the book.
Anyway, what I liked most about the book is the fact that there is violence, but it doesn't go into gory detail. The violence is so downplayed that you notice that there is violence, but done is a more subdued way that you don't really notice.
I hope I was clear.
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Post by serenadeofhatred on Feb 24, 2012 11:30:49 GMT -8
I liked the book much better then The Hunger Games. It feels... grittier, I suppose. Although some characters are... overtly perfect. I'm not stating any names, but if you've gone through more then half the book, you should have an inkling of who I'm referring too.
Another negative thing is I hate how character's are introduced. Most members of the cast get one chapter, then die at the end of it. There are exceptions, but that is the gist of it.
The scene that sticks out most to me is the opening scene where the 'Teacher' instructs the class on what is going on. I adored that scene, it was just so... NO LOOPHOLES, FUCKERS. One man gets out alive. No exceptions.
The ending is pretty cool too. Some stuff happens, and more stuff happens, and people die, and some more stuff happens.
Oh yeah. One last thing: The main character is such a stud. EVERY. SINGLE. GIRL. IS. IN. LOVE. WITH. HIM. It's really sad, and kind of funny at the same time. And now I can't remember his name... Yoshinobu? Crap. I had problems keeping people straight, and now I can't remember a lot of names... I remember Shogo, and Kiriyama, and no one else.
Post by slave4vamps on Jun 27, 2012 3:25:36 GMT -8
I think this series is more horror then science fiction...
But yes it is amazing. Very gritty, very real and unflinching. My favourite characters are Hirono and Chigusa. But I also like Mitsuko she gets a bad rap but she was just doing what was in her best interests too survive and she had been so messed up by all the abuse she'd suffered.
I don't see much of a similarity just from looking at both books, personally. Hunger Games: the Games are a punishment for an attempted uprising from District 13, so the other 12 districts have to give up one boy and one girl. Battle Royale: I think the Program was supposed to keep teenagers in check, so one class of 42 9th-grade students is chosen. That's the biggest difference I can see without having read much of the Hunger Games.
Post by circledaybreak on Jul 1, 2012 20:07:41 GMT -8
Are you saying that BR was called a ripoff of HG or vice versa? All I've heard is that HG ripped off BR even though as far as I've seen there really isn't any deep similarities between the two and Collins has stated she'd never heard of it before her book was published. I've also heard that there wasn't an official translation available around the time she wrote HG. Not sure if that's true but I think people are just overreacting. I could name about a billion things with almost eerie similarities to others and yet clearly no plagiarism was involved.
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I can't stand these uppity people claiming that THG has absolutely no value since it has similarities to BR. Kids killing each other for sport and the government supporting it. That's a about it, and that only applies in the first and second book.
BR although really great focuses only on the battles and rarely on what caused this to happen, and the background information. It's strength is characterization. THG goes past the initial Hunger Games and tells us why this began, and how people started a revolution to try and end it, deals with PTSD, the victims of this war, etc. Both novels are good, but don't discredit one over the other.
Also, if anything both of them ripped off The Marathon Man, and the gladiators in Rome. Among other similar stories.
Post by KeyOfTheTwilight on May 19, 2013 1:11:42 GMT -8
I love this book!
^And yeah, I hate it when people keep comparing the two books. THG and BR doesn't really have the completely the same concept and THG got three books and just focused on how to change how things were run and the POV is first person, while BR focused on different POVs from different people and the character Shogo did tried to over throw the game, and maybe went a little farther, but the book didn't focus on that, instead focused on how scary human beings could be. So, that's it. BR is focusing on feelings of scary situations like killing your friends or people you know while THG focused on how messed up the government is.
So, yeah. People should stop bashing one book over the other, because they are clearly different in their own way.
Post by EquinoxSolstice92 on Nov 20, 2013 1:45:05 GMT -8
I haven't read the Battle Royale but I heard that it's good. I have read the Hunger Games but I can't compare the two. It's really funny how people act like Battle Royale invented the whole "children forced to fight each other to the death." It's like they're saying that other books can't use that concept. As others have said, that concept have been done even before Battle Royale.
I heard that the Battle Royale has 42 fighters in the game while THG has 24, 1 boy and 1 girl from each district.
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
I finally got to watch the Battle Royale movie. I really enjoyed it, but I have to admit that the manga version bothers me due to how it takes aspects from the book and movie and "amps" them up for shock value.
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