Utopia Dystopia

U·to·pi·a   [yoo-toh-pee-uh] noun

1.an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
2. an ideal place or state.
3.any visionary system of political or social perfection.

Dys·to·pi·a   [dis-toh-pee-uh] noun
a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

 Hunger Games is by far one of my favorite dystopian novels. It has the perfect balance of oppression, rebellion and ultimate terror. That’s what makes it good, it’s that the idea of actually living in a society structured the way the Capital and the 12 Districts are structured, evokes terror out of most of us.

 And terror is a great plot device isn’t it?

 I find that Dystopian novels have become the current craze. We hear it’s a dystopian and wow we’re all willing to give it a shot. I fell into Delirium, Blood Red Road, Wither, and yes the Hunger Games Trilogy. I let these books leave me hollowed out on the inside.

 And I’ve had enough of them. I don’t know if I’m the only one that wants something easier to swallow. 

And then I’m also really really sorry I didn’t write something easier to swallow for those of you coming off the Dystopian trend. I noticed a comment to an interview I did recently that called my book a “fresh take on dystopian” I cringed, why? Because my book is based on a Utopian society that gets turned upside down and backwards by my characters.

 And that’s the funny thing, the lines between utopian fiction and dystopian fiction. Either everything is perfect, or nothing is. In Dystopian novels the main characters are always trying to end the oppression, change the government, change the way people act. I can’t say I’ve read a lot of Utopian fiction but the opposite is true, my characters are wholly focused on preserving the perfect lives they have.

 And happiness isn’t a great plot device is it?

 But how do you feel about growing up in a perfect world only to have it taken away?

 Food for thought.

I’m happy the movie is coming out and that even my hairdresser has read the book. That says a lot for the scope this book has had. If you haven’t read it yet, please do so before the movie. I can guarantee you’ll need a barf bag along with your popcorn if you don’t. Better yet, don’t order popcorn or drinks when you go see this one. You’re likely to be taking a trip to the bathroom when it’s over.

 :) At least it won’t be seizure inducing like the latest installment of the Twilight series.


Comments ( 1 )

  • Jessica S. says:

    I've only read 3 dystopian books so far. The last one I read was The Hunger Games and it has me aching to read more like it. I usually read a lot of novels that are easier to swallow or deal with modern day issues, so the world of dystopias (and the like) is really expanding my reading possibilities.

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