Hunger for love: why Love Island is similar to The Hunger Games
Love Island is a reality television show which has enraptured the UK.
We have to admit that this is not a show that particularly interested us. But drama can be too much to resist sometimes, and it has hooked us. But after watching a few episodes, it is alarming how like The Hunger Games it is.
The Hunger Games is one of the few Young Adult book series to successfully transform into a film franchise. They put together the advertisements for these films were made as if the show and the country of Panem were genuine - a clever way of gaining people's interest. But it only adds to the horror when we realise that we are interested in children murdering each other. It is at that point that we should probably stop to question our life choices.
Luckily, no one dies on Love Island, and neither are there any "mandatory" shows to watch. But for all its attractions, Love Island is chillingly familiar to the fictional television phenomenon.
So, here are a few reasons why Love Island and The Hunger Games are essentially the same show.
Survival of the fittest
The Hunger Games and Love Island are both game shows (of a sort), so there have to be winners and losers. But they are not team-playing games like The Chase or The Crystal Maze. Players in both games can pair or team up to survive elimination for as long as possible, but towards the climax, unless removed by other means, players in teams will turn on one another in order to survive. Of course in Love Island, no one dies but the principle is the same because players are still eliminated. It does create some hilariously entertaining viewing though, as Adam has shown us. But if you want to win, sometimes you have to play dirty. Much like Game of Thrones actually...
We are watching you...
It is no surprise that the Islanders are under constant surveillance because that is one of the main points of the show. How else would we know what is going on? Compared to The Hunger Games, the surveillance is of a similar nature but less futuristic. All players know they are being filmed, and they adjust their behaviour. For the Islanders, they perhaps present themselves with more confidence. If they cannot cope with an entire country watching their every move constantly, then they shouldn't be on the show.
In The Hunger Games, the only difference is that the tributes do not volunteer (except for Katniss - spoiler alert!). Like the Islanders though, they can choose to play to the cameras. We see through the eyes of Katniss that she does manipulate her actions for the cameras so she can gain favour with the audience and sponsors. The players of Love Island are putting forward a similar strategy - they should know that they will not get many votes if they are unlikable.
Caroline Flack is (sort of) Caesar Flickerman
Caroline Flack presents "Aftersun" every Sunday following the week's events in the Love Island villa. Flack's presenting skills show a gossipy approach appropriate for the show, but echo those shown by Caesar Flickerman. Caesar is a popular character in The Hunger Games and Stanley Tucci represented him well as a charismatic interviewer.
While Flack shares the gossipy, comfortable and charismatic approach with Caesar, no one can ever top his fabulous hair and outfit coordination. We definitely need more Caesars' in television presenting to keep us sane.
Passion for fashion
Okay, when we think about it, fashion is an odd one. We each strive for independence, but when there is a trend we love to follow the crowd. Whatever the context. So is it not a bit strange that we desire to get the Islanders' outfits, while their hearts are being tested and broken? Similarly, "steal her look" is an odd thing to say about a tribute who is being forced into a fight to the death. But then who are we to judge? Those lashes are lush.