Dystopian Fiction

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    Oct 07, 2011 11:45 PM GMT

    What do you guys think of dystopian fiction?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia

    Examples:

    Margaret Atwood- The Handmaid's Tale/ Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood.

    Aldous Huxley- Brave New World.

    George Orwell - 1984

    etc..

    Why do you think that the numbers of books written in this genre have exploded in the last decade?
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    Oct 08, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    Have the numbers exploded in the last decade? Not sure how one would measure that.

    There may be more room for dystopian fiction, in the American market at least, because of an increasing acceptance of speculative fiction, which used to be fairly commonly marginalized as fantasy or sci fi.

    There's certainly been a big increase in dissatisfaction with the status quo on from people across the political spectrum, and dystopian fiction is very often a means of pointing out the (apparently) logical consequences of a prevailing or emerging mindset.
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    Oct 08, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    Dystopian fiction is a third order simulacra.
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    Oct 08, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    Kobaltjak saidHave the numbers exploded in the last decade? Not sure how one would measure that.

    There may be more room for dystopian fiction, in the American market at least, because of an increasing acceptance of speculative fiction, which used to be fairly commonly marginalized as fantasy or sci fi.

    There's certainly been a big increase in dissatisfaction with the status quo on from people across the political spectrum, and dystopian fiction is very often a means of pointing out the (apparently) logical consequences of a prevailing or emerging mindset.



    Being a fan on the genre, I was reading about it on the Internet and came across a list on dystopian literature on wiki. There seemed to be a lot more in the 2000s to present that earlier. Also there have been some quite high profile works in the last few years. These spring to mind:

    Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy

    Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins


    I think your final point sums it up nicely.


    GAMRican saidDystopian fiction is a third order simulacra.


    What makes you say this?
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    Oct 08, 2011 2:15 PM GMT
    Margaret Atwood? i love me some margaret atwood...

    Everyone needs to read this. The final lines are, perhaps, my favorite in anything that I've ever read...

    http://sulatngguwantes.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/happy-endings-by-margaret-atwood/

    It's a five minute read and definitely worth it..
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    Oct 13, 2011 12:48 AM GMT

    That Atwood article is brilliant.

    Who could forget ? :