What do The Bachelor and The Hunger Games have in common?
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
Gratuitous shirtless shots of hunky buff dudes are used liberally
Making a big impression is kind of a big deal
Food provides a special bonding experience
A chipper escort keeps things moving and provides moral support
Still, there's plenty of prolonged silence and too much togetherness on the couch
Hello, high school! Cliques are back, and the mean girls have stepped it up a notch
It's really no wonder the meltdowns are major
All roads lead back to an awkward love triangle (or quadrangle, or whatever)
The women don't shy away from a little heavy metal, so to speak
There may be a proposal, but the odds it will end in marriage aren't in their favor