More Stephen King-Inspired Media About Teens

A few days ago, I noted that the plot for the movie Chronicle is very similar to the plot for Carrie.  That reminded me of another similarity.

I read The Hunger Games a couple of years ago and really liked it.  But the basic template was not new.

A tyrannical government in a future dystopia recruits teenagers to compete in a brutal game of elimination where only one person gets to survive.  This was also the plot of Stephen King’s 1979 novel The Long Walk. This was originally published under a pseudonym, and was actually the first novel King ever wrote, drafting it in college, before he started Carrie.  I haven’t read it since high school, but I remember liking it.  Maybe I’ll give it another look some time.

 

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