According to dictionary.com a dystopia is a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. Hmmm. Sounds familiar. Or, from Orwell’s articles it’s a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time (to him 2011 would be a future time), when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror. The Orwell article goes on to list common traits of dystopian fiction. Most of which we don’t possess, yet.
Some people don’t like dystopian movies and books. Too bleak. I love a good dystopian story. Though I lean towards the movies. I recently bought The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Can’t wait to dive into that after I finish a few other books on my to be read pile. Three of which are contest entries that have to be read very soon. One of the books I’m writing is a dystopian novel. I love the story and can’t wait to finish it. It will have to wait until May.
Dystopian societies in fiction are often seen as warnings to us. With an underlying message – If you continue on the path you’re on this could happen to you. But I don’t think any of the powers that be got any of the messages. With all of the wars, fighting, terrorism, prejudice, religious persecution our world seems more and more like a dystopia to me even though we’re missing some of those dystopian fiction traits. Can we get it back to being a nice place to live? Maybe. Do I trust the world’s leaders, any of them, do get us there? Sadly, no.
All isn’t lost. We as a society have potential. There are rays of hope. Signs of humanity out there. Not just when disaster strikes but in every day life. When one stranger helps another stranger just because that’s the right thing to do. That’s what gives me hope.
Okay off to work. Tonight I plan on doing some blog hopping. I know there are some great blogs out there on the A – Z Challenge. I haven’t had time to visit many yet. I’m hoping to fix that tonight.
Until next time…