Jesus, the worst thing about the Hunger Games is people trying to prop up this piece of shite. Battle Royale is Hunger Games without any of the subtext. It's a pretty terrible movie without one believable character and its simply an excuse for action sequences, which aren't all that terribly well done anyway. Battle Royale has become the worst kind of "cool kids" movie, used as a stick to bludgeon a popular film despite the fact A) you probably didn't see until after the hunger Games and B) it's not very good. At all.
Hunger Games is at least about how governments control people through popular entertainments. OK, the "it's killing the children" metaphor is a bit on the nose, but at least there is a metaphor. Also, it does a good job of spelling out resentments between the oppressed classes preventing unity (the remote districts hate the "privileged" districts far more than the Capitol. Which makes sense, as its another form of control.
And pretty much the best way to have blowback on this board is to have a strong, feminist heroine. I'm shocked that's not popular among this constituency.