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I was surprised and confused by Tatar's initial reaction and resistance to the plot of Hunger Games--children being forced or driven to kill each other--because it's not remotely new. Lord of the Flies has been on shelves for 60 years, and has been made into successful film versions. The novel Battle Royale has been around for nearly 20 years, and in 2000 it too was adapted into a much-discussed movie. It would have been--and still could be--helpful to hear what, if anything, sets Hunger Games apart.