Battle Royale was actually trying to make a point, regardless of it being the book, the manga or the films. Hunger Games just has that feeling of bad knock off and franchise money grabbing attached to it. As a result the core message of the story gets lost.
If your too young to have heard of BR and you like it then good for you but I think most people will agree that there are many other books out there that deal with these themes so much better; BR being the one that stands out the most due to cult status.
High Five! I've read entire trilogy, because each ended with a cliffhanger (anger), and trust me, book I is better than 2 and 3 (book 3 is most poorly written and characterised book I had read recently). It's fine, but narrative is painful it takes me 2 weeks to finish this thin book (while completing 600 p Deathly Hallows 2 days). Peeta is pain in the... And Gale was NEVER described. And you call this love triangle! There's action in 1,2 but 3... No. On contrary entire book is about Katniss in hospital. There's no subplots, depth to other characters, 3 and 2 have terrible pacing, no descriptions of environment, world building is shallow and there's no conclusion what so ever. It's overrated.
When I finshed the first book of 'the Hunger Games', I couldn't wait to get the next one. In my opinion Suzanne Collins' writing style was/is really exciting. But the second and third part of this triology aren't nearly as good as the first. And sometimes the plot became pretty implausible. Nevertheless, I think it's worth reading them.
I just finished the audiobook, and it may have been the style the narrator used, but I too found things a bit over dramatic or just straight up unbelievable.
But then there were words or descriptions used that just felt like they were there to sound smart. Or something. I'm not that big of a fan of Suzanne Collins, and less now after reading the book. She just doesn't strike me as that great of a writer.
But, the movie seemed pretty faithful to the book. So plus there, but that's another matter
I thought the hunger games were good, but like a lot of people here they didn't completely blow me away. Maybe they should have but they didn't, I wouldn't read them over and over again. But with the kind of attention they've been getting I thought I would want to do that. I agree that Peeta was a very annoying character, and the whole thing got a bit too into the love triangle for me. I mean seriously, am I just unromantic, or does Katniss have more important things to worry about than who's hearth she breaks? I only really liked the first book, and even that I wouldn't read again
The writing for me felt much too basic for someone older to really enjoy. It felt directed more towards the 12, 13 year olds. To be honest, I had a bad taste in my mouth from it's announcement simply for the fact of children killing one another to apease the adults. However, I gave it a shot, thinking because of all the buzz it must have been a great series. But I was left feeling like I had wasted my time reading it. The deaths seemed meaninless and it didn't leave you feeling any better about yourself. It was quite the oposite; it made you feel depressed. At least me.
If you're going to kill a character at least get the audience attached to that character, and for goodness' sake, give their death meaning. I didn't shed one tear when any of the characters died, and please, don't get me started on the love triangle. We have way more than what need be told. Overall, it's just a very overrated series.
Seriously, though, I agree that the Hunger Games made itself much more important than it really was. WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL ABOUT THE BOOK? I read it, vaguely enjoyed a chapter or two, but mostly was bored by the whole thing, and never thought about it again.
Also, the characters in Battle Royale were all given backstories. I mean, ALL OF THEM. It really made you think about the value of life as you see these characters, these PEOPLE, being mercilessly killed off. THG doesn't give a shit about any of its characters.
Ok, rant over, but I'm glad to see someone who's not oggling over Peeta *shudder*