The Hunger Games is 2008 an adventurous, action packed, American science fiction novel and movie. The novel was written by Suzanne Collins. The movie came out in 2012 and was directed by Gary Ross. Before the movie came out, this was also converted into the book called The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games has also released it’s sequels; Catching Fire (2009) and Mockingjay (2010). Catching Fire and Mockingjay will be directed by Francis Lawrence. The games take place at a nation called Panem. It’s also known as the Capitol, and it controls 12 united districts. Each year, the Hunger Games tributes are chosen with a drawing, which will pick one boy and one girl that are within the age of 12 and 18. This game was designed for revenge when the 13th district tried to rebel against the Capitol in the past. After the 13th district turned mutinous, it was destroyed and it all turned into ashes. Among all the district participants, only one can remain. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are chosen for District 12 and as they try to survive, the Capitol will only sit and watch.
Battle Royale is a 1999 fast-moving, action packed, horror, japanese thriller manga and movie. The manga was written by Koushun Takami. The movie came out in 2000 and was directed by Kinji Fukasaku. The 2003 sequel, Battle Royale II: Requiem, was directed by Kenta Fukasaku and Kinji Fukasaku Before the movies, it was converted into a shojo manga. A shojo manga is a japanese horror/thriller comic book. This movie is about the Battle Royale law that states that one class of all the high schools will be chosen to fight for their lives in a bloody battle on a separate island. The law was passed because Japan was in an economic crisis. This year, a group of students from Shiroiwa Junior High School will battle on Snake Island. The first program was held in 1947. The program will end when one student is the last one standing, and one student will receive a government funded pension. These group of students from Shiroiwa have been gassed in a bus and once they have awakened, they will learn about the Program. While they were all unconscious, metal collars have been attached to their necks. Those metal collars can listen and track the person wearing it. If they enter a danger zone or try to escape, their collar automatically explodes and the person who wears it dies. They have all been given 72 hours to fight for their lives. If a winner has not yet been determined in the given amount of time, all collars will burst. There has been 2 transfer students who transferred for the game. One student was the survivor of the last program and was kidnapped and brought there. The other student was a crazy antagonist and just wanted to have some fun in the game. Each student is given a survival pack which includes map, compass, food, water, and a random weapon (could be a useful or a useless weapon). As these students fight each other in the program, they will realize how costly this battle will be.
These two action-packed stories have yet very little in common though. Although they’re both about a group of students who are given supplies and a time limit to fight until one person survives, that’s not all to it. In The Hunger Games, the tributes who are chosen do not know each other. But in Battle Royale, all the students know each other because they are chosen as a class. One big difference is that The Hunger Games reveals much less blood and gore than Battle Royale. In Battle Royale, every time a student dies, the viewer sees the whole process. In the movie, the Battle Royale law the result of Japan’s falling economy. The result of the Hunger Games was revenge due to District 13’s rebellious attack. Some people who prefer blood and action would want to watch or read Battle Royale. Those who prefer a more appropriate film would want to view The Hunger Games. Whatever your choice is, both of these stories are great for exciting entertainment.