1. Exquisite Tweets from @timoni, @FarmAndHammer

    blechCollected by blech

    The Hunger Games/Battle Royale comparisons are natural. But really, the premise sounds similar, but the end goals are totally different.

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    timoni

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    In BR, the killings are about secret fear & paranoia & conspiracies. In HG, the killings are all about spectacle & public shows of control.

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    timoni

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  2. @timoni I didn't really feel like BR was anywhere near as ambitious as HG.

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    FarmAndHammer

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  3. @bullhugs I haven't read the book, but I'd assume that's probably the case. (The book IS really big though.)

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    timoni

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  4. @timoni oh, yea me either, i was referring solely to the movies. BR didn't really examine much, though audience may be a factor

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    FarmAndHammer

    goblin king

    @timoni the idea that pitting kids against each other would result in violence and brutality, fear and paranoia, seems kinda obvious to me

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    FarmAndHammer

    goblin king

  5. @bullhugs A key point to BR is how surreal the whole thing is. There's no obvious point; they're punishing kids but never say why.

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    timoni

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    @bullhugs It's also the great mystery of 1984; 'a boot stamping on a human face forever'—but why? Dispassionate desire for power is unusual.

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  6. @timoni yeah i definitely buy more into 'brave new world' theory more than '1984' personally

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    FarmAndHammer

    goblin king

  7. @bullhugs So unusual it reads as psychopathic; humans usually want power for riches, revenge, control; something related to emotion.

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    timoni

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    @bullhugs In that way, HG feels much more human. The games are for revenge, borne out of anger. They're evil but not mysterious.

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    timoni

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    @bullhugs That's a good comparison. BR = 1984; HG = BNW. In the latter, the systems behind the levels of control are explained.

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  8. @timoni the 'reason' in BR was "the country is rotting and we need strong people to make it better" but thats a pretty japanese plot that

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    FarmAndHammer

    goblin king

    @timoni i don't think translates very well, because our culture doesn't really use that kinda motive for (more mundane, obv) social programs

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    FarmAndHammer

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