but let's not kid ourselves, HG is an americanized version of the Battle Royal that tries to get a life of its own after tome 1.
We (just as being part of this community) read iteration after iteration of the same old story done with a few new twists and bells and whistles on it. I don't understand why the Battle Royale argument is always cited by those who dislike The Hunger Games as one of its main detractions. It was a good story in its original 'form' and it's a good story now. And like @Nighteyes said, it has a proactive, realistic young female role model who quite easily steps into the part of reluctant hero alongside male role models like Harry Potter or the Baggins. I don't think I am kidding myself in thinking it's still a terrific story. And it's hardly a tome - you could knock it out quite easily in a day, unlike the vast majority of adult fantasies.
Well, I think, just like there is a difference between an homage and a plagiarism, variations on the same theme are not the same as variation on the same plot or trope, ect.
It's still done, like the quest story and other sword and sorcery typical layout, but - and I speak only for myself - I find HG to be too close (while less original and believable) than Battle Royal.
It's not a story line that offers a lot of room for variation and originality. It's still a bunch of kids set out to kill each other, but watered down for YA readership.
To me it's a beach book that I'd read over a few summer days. After finishing it, I'll be a lot more peckish if I'm recommended another BR type setting book.
Just like I don't dig quests too much since I've had my dose of it. Just like I'm over variations on the vampire-human couple - been there, read all that - ect.
I can see why you'd like it, if you're not tired of the story type.