I’ve heard the argument that The Hunger Games trilogy is just The Running Man for teenage girls or a direct rip-off of Battle Royale. I guess it could be considered teenage fare (ya know, brutal death scenes and all) and “not original.” However, take a moment and wonder, how many of those youngins would have read The Running Man without an intro to dystopia, via The Hunger Games? Would they have read Battle Royale? Classic dystopian novels like Brave New World or Nineteen Eighty-Four? A Canticle for Leibowitz?