This book is so amazing. I read it so I could compare it to The Hunger Games. However, these books are totally different aside from the premise of "dyThis book is so amazing. I read it so I could compare it to The Hunger Games. However, these books are totally different aside from the premise of "dystopian world has a horrible government that makes kids fight to the death." That premise isn't original to Takami no matter how much I love him. I honestly don't think Collins read this book and copied it. The Romans had gladatorial fights that sometimes used children. So, the premise is actually a historical one. And what is it that many post-modern artists say? There's no such thing as an original idea anymore?
This all being said, while I love Collins, Takami is better. Again, though, different books. The tone is different and the evolution is different. Also, the points are different. Collins work is best read through Marxist and Feminist lenses while Takami's book appeals more to psychological and cultural lenses the technical terms for these escape me at the moment). The reason the governments require the games also varies. I won't spoil it, but they are completely different in my eyes. I don't know how to say it best, but there is a quiet elegance amidst the violence that Japanese authors, filmakers, and other artists seem to have mastered in a way the rest of the world has not. Read it for yourself. I feel like this is the sort of book that could be discussed in a college lit class with no lulls in the discussion ever appearing. This book is so fun to analyze...my only problem with this book is that I have no one to talk about it with....more