The Hunger Games/Battle Royale comparisons are natural. But really, the premise sounds similar, but the end goals are totally different.
@timoni oh, yea me either, i was referring solely to the movies. BR didn't really examine much, though audience may be a factor
@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.
@bullhugs So unusual it reads as psychopathic; humans usually want power for riches, revenge, control; something related to emotion.
@bullhugs In that way, HG feels much more human. The games are for revenge, borne out of anger. They're evil but not mysterious.
@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