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What do The Bachelor and The Hunger Games have in common?

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

Hey, the dating world
is wild

What could a reality TV dating show and a blockbuster film franchise about a dystopian nation's barbaric ritual games possibly have in common? As it turns out, a lot more than you'd think.

The participants are subject to extreme scrutiny and uncomfortable clothing

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Gratuitous shirtless shots of hunky buff dudes are used liberally

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Making a big impression is kind of a big deal

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Food provides a special bonding experience

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

A chipper escort keeps things moving and provides moral support

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Still, there's plenty of prolonged silence and too much togetherness on the couch

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hello, high school! Cliques are back, and the mean girls have stepped it up a notch

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

It's really no wonder the meltdowns are major

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

All roads lead back to an awkward love triangle (or quadrangle, or whatever)

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

The women don't shy away from a little heavy metal, so to speak

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

There may be a proposal, but the odds it will end in marriage aren't in their favor

Hey, the dating world  is wild

Hey, the dating world  is wild

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The Bachelor photo/still credits: ABC; Hunger Games photo/still credits: Lions Gate
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