From the beginning of civilization, we’ve known there’s something captivating about watching human beings fight for their lives, or that’s what the intro of the movie entitled “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” has stated. They’re not wrong about that, though, for with the great success of the korean Netflix series Squid Game has proved that we really love those kinds of things, and we want more.
And more we shall give.
Here is Booktilt’s List of novels that’s similar to Squid Game!
- Alice in Borderland
Kento Yamazaki’s live adaptation of our main protagonist, the NEET Ryohei Arisu was off-the-borders on the screen, but forget the live action! Let’s focus on the full story behind this game of death by reading the manga of Alice in Borderland. It’s a Japanese suspense manga written and illustrated by Haro Aso, and collected over 18 volumes. The original version’s storyline revolves around a trio of high school students; Arisu, Karube and Chota, who are bored with their lives and one time, they get transported to what seems like a post-apocalyptic parallel world. Soon, they finally found out that they were in a game, and they must play and win those games in order to survive.
How is this and Squid Game similar? Alice in Borderland and Squid Game share the same trope: “You must play and win these death games in order to survive.” The major rule of these games is that there’s always death, and aside from the main characters, they will surely die. So, if you’re not over the Squid Game fever, then you should give this graphic novel a try, or just until Season 2 of this comes out on Netflix.
- Battle Royale
In a fictional Japanese world where a state called the Republic of Greater East Asia arose after Japan won World War 2, the government took control of everything. They had established a military program which they called Battle Experiment No.68 Program, where they kidnapped fifty random classes of third-year junior high school students and dropped them into a remote location. Those students are forced to kill each other until only one student per class remains.
How is this and Squid Game similar? Battle Royale and Squid Game, like any other of these novels that are listed in this blog all share the same trope: “Play these death games in order to survive.” While this is the main plot of Battle Royale, like any other suspense novels out there, there will always be the topic of resistance, and in this novel, there will be a lot of twists and turns as some students change their destiny.
- All of us villains
Hailed as a magic alternate version or bloodier Hunger Games, this blockbuster debut of Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman will surely feed you with a lot of . All of Us Villains’ storyline revolves around a Tournament that is held every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon. Seven families must select a champion in each of their families to compete in the said Tournament. What is the prize, you say? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magic. But it’s not just a simple magic, it’s a long-lost resource, and the most powerful of all. You might think that this year’s tournament will be the same as the last generations, but this year will be totally different, as the seven champions will be subjected to the spotlight, granting them information, new ways to win, and a chance to forge their own destiny.
Yet that destiny must be written in blood.
How is this and Squid Game similar? This is another case of the death and survival games that we love. But what differs this novel and Squid Game is that this is on the magical side. It’s always refreshing to see (or read, in this sense) magical battles, since it’s out of the norm. If you’re like me, who loves these kind of tropes, then All of Us Villains is a good read for you.
- Hunger Games
Who doesn’t know about the famous Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence? Well, if you don’t: you’re missing out on this iconic masterpiece by the New York Times Best Selling author, Suzanne Collins! The Hunger Games is a trilogy which was about a dystopian country called Panem where the Capitol has the twelve (was supposed to be thirteen) poor districts it governs. Every year, the Capitol hosts it’s entertainment game called Hunger Games, where every district must represent a girl and a boy. One game where our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, volunteers herself in place of her sister. It was a turning point in the Games and the districts soon started seeing that they could overthrow the greedy Capitol.
How is this and Squid Game similar? The two seemingly have the same trope of “last man standing wins” with the main purpose of entertaining the rich. But, in Hunger Games, it’s set in a dystopian world which differs from the realistic and modern world that Squid Game has. It’s also set in a lavish setting, there are sponsors who would help the players in the games unlike in Squid Game where the players were being betted on by the VIPs.
Danganronpa started as a game that soon received two manga adaptations due to its success. The series storyline revolves around an elite high school called Hope Peak’s Academy, and every year, the school scouts students which they coin “Ultimate students”. They are students who are at the top in their own respective fields; them, and one single “Ultimate Lucky Student”, who was chosen by lottery. From thereon, they will be trapped by the bear-like machine named “Monokuma” and are subjected to different killing games.
How is this and Squid Game similar? Squid Game and Danganronpa share the same basic variables: (1) killing/death games and, (2) survive until the end. The only difference is that Danganronpa is the way the games and rules are made. In Danganronpa, the only way to return to the safety of your own homes is by killing another person and remaining innocent during trials, in contrast to the “last man standing” drive of Squid Game. Still, the two share the same aspect and suspense. So it wouldn’t hurt for you to try reading this game turned manga.
Did any of these got your attention? It’s not too late to check them out!