Monday, May 10, 2010

Dystopia Week!

A utopia is a perfect world.

Perfect peace.

Perfect environment.

Perfectly happy, content people.

No conflict. No ugly. No discontent.

How boring.

This week we're going to be discussing dystopias. Wikipedia defines dystopia as:
A dystopia (from Ancient Greekδυσ-: bad-, ill- and Ancient Greekτόπος: place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia,[1] or anti-utopia) is a vision of an often futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia. A dystopia is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government. It often features different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and a state of constant warfare or violence.
There are plenty of great books on dystopia, and from all appearances, dystopic literature is on the rise, especially in teen literature. This article from Publishers Weekly indicates that dystopia's popularity is, at least in part, a response to our current world situation. With the THE HUNGER GAMES, THE MAZE RUNNER, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, and many more, it's easy to see that dystopic literature isn't going away any time soon.

Before we get started, let's share opinions! 

  1. Do you like to read dystopian literature?
  2. What's your favorite dystopic work?
  3. Why do you think dystopian literature is so popular in YA today?
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