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One of the most mindblowingly annoying trends that has emerged in recent years is the Dystopia. We are currently facing an invasion. Every writer is writing about a dystopic world. Or at least they think they are.
Dystopia has suddenly come from being a genre about being controlled by the government, being threatened by the government and being terrified of the government to being about the government stopping you from living happily ever after with your 16 year old puppy face boyfriend or a paranormal romance disguised as a Dystopia.
Welcome to what I call Pop Music Dystopia.
The Hunger Games is a pretty good dystopia series but the books that have followed are not so much. All these dystopias are about the main character moping because she can't be with her one true love or something else that would cause a teen to mope. Stop moping and overthrow the government! Start a revolution for god's sake!
Dystopia is about a repressive government that is feared among the entire population. It's about the horrors of a world where we are controlled and scared into conformity.
I've come across some YA dystopias that are okay but the worlds are shallow and lacking in logic, the world is shown to you to be repressive and terrible and yet doesn't look that bad and many of these YA dystopias are really just YA romances set in a dystopic setting.
The worlds are unrealistic from what I'm noticing. The worlds look somewhat better than our own and that is worrying. We are currently living in a dystopia. We are experiencing it ourselves and yet we have all these dystopias about people falling in love with their soulmates.
This is what I would be doing in a full blown dystopic world:
- Helping to take part in a revolution.
- Trying to convince people that something needs to be done.
- Trying to find a place to run to if everything goes wrong.
- Going to school.
- Falling in love with 16 year old boy who has never loved someone apart from me.
So yeah, I don't really like YA dystopia but this may be because I've never been a huge fan of dystopia in general. It's weird. I do love reading about dystopias that are heavily based on our world and have many parallels to the world as it is today. That's interesting and it makes you more aware of how we aren't living in a free society.
I don't want a dystopia where everyone is the same. I want one where people are aware of their differences, want to be their own person and yet face struggles against the repressive and controlling government. I want a dystopia which will change my perceptions. I don't want a dystopia which makes me cringe. So please, no more insta-love. And a bit more logically sound world-building please.
I would argue that the best dystopias came out before The Hunger Games. I haven't found anything post-HG that has been somewhat interesting.
If you disagree, please feel free to let me know in the comments section. Do you like dystopia? What are your views on the genre? Know any recent books you think I may like? Just let me know! I give you a hug if you do! :D