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Hunger, poverty is no game for many Americans

November 30, 2013
The Marietta Times

The popular "Hunger Games" series incorporates elements from earlier myths, stories, and films that are what folklorist Joseph Campbell called "archetypes" ... Author Suzanne Collins has stated that her original idea came from the Greek myth of Theseus - a "tribute" youth from the defeated kingdom of Athens who is sent to Crete and forced to enter the labyrinth of King Minos to defeat or die at the hands of the bull-headed "Minotaur". Film versions of similar deadly contests include the 1932 thriller, "The Most Dangerous Game" (adapted from a 1926 story by Richard Connell called "The Hounds of Zaroff") wherein a sadistic big-game hunter, Count Zaroff, forces "guests" to participate in a deadly game in which they are the hunted prey (the film was nicely reworked in 1956 as "Run for the Sun" with Richard Widmark and Trevor Howard). Later sci-fi films along the same lines include "Logan's Run", George Lucas' "THX-1138, "Soylent Green", "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome", and "Total Recall" ...



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