A Battle Royale online over origin of 'The Hunger Games'

Some claim that 'The Hunger Games' is a rip-off of the 1999 Japanese series 'Battle Royale.' But the storyline of a death match being employed by authoritarian rulers dates back to the Roman Empire. By Arthur Bright, Correspondent / March 23,

While the DWTS-Voice battle may eventually peter out, the full-season ratings war shows no sign of flagging. Through the first 26 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast season, Fox remains in the lead with a 3.3 rating, while CBS is averaging a 3.1.

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While the DWTS-Voice battle may eventually peter out, the full-season ratings war shows no sign of flagging. Through the first 26 weeks of the 2011-12 broadcast season, Fox remains in the lead with a 3.3 rating, while CBS is averaging a 3.1.

Many believe that the book by Suzanne Collins (and the upcoming movie) was at least partially ripped-off from the Japanese book and film Battle Royale, which was released in the year 2001, seven years before the first Hunger Games book was published.