For those of you who don’t know I’ve been planning this special/feature of posts for the month of September all related to or about Dystopian fiction. There were two reasons why i decided to do this: 1) Is that I’m going back to school tomorrow and starting Year Ten, and my timetable is is soooooo full this year that I won’t be able to post as often. Though I’ll try for at least two posts every seven days. 2) It was just an idea I had that I thought would be really fun to get different people (authors, and bloggers) involved.
Even though this took a bit of planning and adjusting it was really fun and I just want to thank everyone who contributed and helped make this possible! 😀
So, without further ado, I give you the first post in this month long feature.
Dystopia: What’s the Inspiration?? by Charlie from To Another World
Hi! I’m Charli and I blog at To Another World. I was asked to write a guest post here, on any topic about dystopic fiction, so today we are looking at the inspiration of dystopic fiction…
DYSTOPIA: An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. So, basically, a dystopia is a “horrible future.” So, I’ve always wondered how authors come up with how it is in their world. Most dystopic novels can be quite similar, for instance, The Hunger Games and Divergent are both split worlds, into districts and factions respectively. Love triangles are common, too. The thing that gets me, however, is that all dystopias are unique, no matter how many similarities they have to other dystopics. You could never compare Matched to Uglies, or Breathe to The Hunger Games, because they all have unique factors to them. I can’t really imagine how Veronica Roth came up with all the aspects of Divergent that made us gasp, that made us cry, that made us want Allegiant so, so much. How did she come up with the detail of the Dauntless compound, was it through dreams or real-life? We don’t know. This makes me wonder how dystopic authors come up with their plots, places and situations, because they don’t have anything to base this on.
OR DO THEY.
In a way, they do. From Dystopic novels we can see what will happen if we let things go on. Example… If we keep letting the people who have money or the loudest voice rule over us and tell us what to do, our freedom and justice could be taken away and you could have no choices in life (Matched). Perhaps if we keep cutting down trees how the Government are, we won’t have any air and someday won’t be allowed out of an area without artificial air (Breathe). The situations of Dystopia are highly unlikely, but they are normally based on something currently happening in society, in our world, right now. They aren’t just novels… They’re thought provoking, tough reality books. It’s hard to imagine actually being ruled by a Society, living in a Pod, being at war with others. It’s unlikely… But it all shows us that if we carry on how we are, we could be living like this, or similar. So next time you pick up a Dystopia, think about what it might be telling you. That might sound quite cheesy. Oh well! Thanks for reading…
Thanks Charli! I really loved Charlie’s post, and it was something that I had been thinking about recently as well. Have a look at Charli’s amazing blog – To Another World! I hope this has wet your bookish taste-buds for the rest of the great Guest Posts that will be put up during the month!