Bayern Munich: Javi Martinez Claims To Have Come Up With Concept Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Novels

Chris Wright

9th, February 2019

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Bayern Munich defender Javi Martinez has made the outlandish – if not entirely serious – claim that he created the original concept of the vastly successful ‘Hunger Games’ franchise.

For the uninitiated, the Hunger Games are a series of novels written by American novelist Suzanne Collins which were later turned into a series of equally lucrative movies starring Jennifer Lawrence as some kind of bow-wielding dystopian child warrior.

Discussing his love of writing with German magazine Socrates, Martinez said:

Writing is a great pleasure for me, even as a teenager I started to write a book.

And believe it or not, the plot was pretty much the same as ‘The Hunger Games’.

It was strange (to see the Hunger Games movie).

I was sitting in the cinema and thought: ‘It does not exist, that’s my idea, which I had years ago, the creators must have stolen my computer!’

While most would instantly realise that Martinez wasn’t airing a wholly serious grievance, the Bayern player still faced a significant amount of backlash on social media, with people pointing out that Hunger Games was actually inspired by a Japanese film called ‘Battle Royal’ that was in turn inspired by a novel written in 1999 when Martinez was just 10 years old.

The Spaniard then actually felt the need to clarify that he was joking by following up on Twitter with a photo of him reading ‘Night Over Water’ – another book shamelessly “stolen” from him, this time by author Ken Follett.

“Not everything is meant to be dead serious,” Martinez quipped below. 

In a perfect or even vaguely sensible world, he wouldn’t have had to explain that – yet here we are.

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