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.