Dystopia

So often in the books I’m reading I find this same notion. The book is set in a future. The protagonist hazily remembers the riots, the protests, the murderous past. Like it was a dream. But in the books’ present day, the world is a much different place. It’s controlled.

My eyes close in a subconscious effort to block out the bad memories, but the effort backfires. Protests. Rallies. Screams for survival. I see women and children starving to death, homes destroyed and buried in rubble, the countryside a burnt landscape, its only fruit the rotting flesh of casualties.” Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi.

The problems that caused these worlds to change are issues we face today. Overpopulation. Infertility. Freedom. And in each of these books there’s a possible future depicted. The wrong future. They show the effect of our today, in which things go terribly. Then there’s the strong main character who fights back, because what else can they do?

How were we to know we were happy?” The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

It’s this same idea I’m reading over and over again. Why am I drawn to these books? Because I want to know how everyone else thinks the world will go. How do others see the world ending up? After today’s chaos, what will tomorrow bring? Is it pointless to wonder?

These books all show what could go wrong, but I’m waiting to find one that shows how things can go right. Everyone is caught up with how terrible things are, justifiably. But what I want to read is a future that’s better than the present.

Surely, that can’t be too hard to come up with.

3 Comments

  1. Are you going to write it? 🙂 There is a genre of utopian literature, but I’m not sure if that’s quite what you’re thinking of. I think it’s much easier to see how badly things can go, only because we’ve been a trajectory of moral decline. But I do agree that it’s become saturated. I personally am more drawn to the past than the future. But why is that? I’m not sure.

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    1. “I think it’s much easier to see how badly things can go, only because we’ve been a trajectory of moral decline.”

      Precisely. What I meant, is that people seem to love these types of stories. There’s a reason why dystopians are more sought out. Perhaps because we’re living in one, but why would people want more of that? I’m not even asking for utopian literature, just simply something that doesn’t revel in things getting worse. It’s not a matter of my writing one, but of people wanting to read them. Perhaps it’s too difficult to allow ourselves to hope that this world will be a happier place one day. Yikes, I’m getting dark. Let me stop there.

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      1. Hope is a struggle. It takes a lot of courage and inner strength. Maybe that’s why? I do think that people are so caught up in anger that we never stop to think of the good that is possible.

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