The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne CollinsRead about another entry on the list.
While Buffy the Vampire Slayer never got quite this… dystopian, Buffy and Katniss Everdeen are cut from the same cloth. They’re both thrown into circumstances completely beyond them, and forced to hone their fighting skills quickly—or perish painfully. Katniss never has to stake a vampire, but she’s an able slayer when it counts. She’s sharp-witted and deadly, yet always willing to help a friend or right a wrong. The love triangle, a staple of the genre, feels very Buffy-esque, too. If their situations were reversed, you know Buffy would win the Games and Sunnydale would be full of arrow-studded piles of vampire ash.
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