This was an interesting article in Salon:

The funny thing to me is that people feel the need to “accuse” Suzanne Collins of plagiarism. That seems a bit like “accusing” J.K. Rowling of plagiarizing Lord of the Rings, or “accusing” the authors of Genesis of plagiarizing The Epic of Gilgamesh.

As I see it, there really is nothing new under the sun – there are only retellings and revisions of old stuff, some of it well done, some of it quite lame and boring. Whatever her influences (and apparently she admits to having many of them), Suzanne Collins is a great storyteller and The Hunger Games is a great read. Why would anyone – other than frustrated authors who wish they’d thought of it first – begrudge her that?