To everyone saying Squid Game is a ripoff of Battle Royale/Hunger Games…

2021.10.20 16:07 EricaCWrites To everyone saying Squid Game is a ripoff of Battle Royale/Hunger Games…

It’s absolutely not.
Death games are a genre with certain expected tropes (like the death games themselves, there can only be one winner, etc), like romance is a genre with expected tropes (two people meet and fall in love). So there will be some similarities between works of a genre in terms of the plot tropes, like people fighting to the death, just like every romance story has two people fighting themselves or society to be together.
But just like how Pride and Prejudice and Romeo and Juliet are fundamentally different stories using the romance genre to explore different themes with different characters (getting over prejudice from first impressions for Pride and Prejudice, Love vs Society and love leading to violence/solving violence with Romeo and Juliet), Squid Games, Battle Royale and Hunger Games are fundamentally different stories exploring different themes.
Squid Games = an exploration of character and capitalism, as well as altruism vs believing people suck, which means the participants are all gamblers / in debt, contrasted against the VIPs who are also gamblers. Also the structure of the games and the system of the games, including the ‘voluntary’ participation is all a critical part of the theme. The winner of the games is (mostly) altruistic, and he’s compared and contrasted with selfish competitors and the Host (who believes humans are trash).
Battle Royale: the author did an interview to explain one of the key themes is about trust and how systems in power get people to distrust each other so they don’t rise up. Also wanted to explore the discrimination against ‘youth culture’ in Japan at the time. So you have the participants being school kids forced to participate in a horrendous ‘experiment’ that’s really a tool to sow distrust, and the nightmare lighthouse scene which is all about lack of trust, you have multiple characters abusing trust, and you have the final pair making it through/defeating the games because they trusted each other (and a third character).
Hunger Games: Some similarities to Battle Royale because the author also wanted to show people in power pitting the districts against each other so they wouldn’t rise up against the Capitol, but the themes it explores is ultimately about warfare (including child soldiers) as well as what media/entertainment does to people (so you see how Katniss thinks about and manipulates her own image knowing she’s on film, and how later that is done to her by the rebels as Mockingjay). You also see how the war in Book 3 hauntingly mirrors the Games.
That’s not even going into the fact they’re aimed at different audiences which means different conventions, eg Battle Royale is about escaping the evil regime, Hunger Games ultimately is about destroying the evil regime (and also making sure what replaces it isn’t equally evil) and Squid Game (just Season 1) goes beyond such binaries by actually exploring how the regime itself works and how the soldiers are treated, which I’ll confess I’ve never seen before and thought was fantastic.
I could go on but I’ll stop there (I’m a SFF writer who loves story analysis). 😂 It just frustrates me to no end when I hear people saying Squid Game is a ripoff/derivative when that’s as useful as saying McDonald’s cheeseburger is a ripoff of a charsiu bao because they both have meat and sauce inside bread as a feature.
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