Monday, December 3, 2012
4 Proofs of the Dystopic De-Evolution of Our World
When George Orwell's 1984 was first released in 1949, it was considered subversive, offensive, and a paranoid, pessimistic view of the future. (It's really not a coincidence that it often makes "Most Often Banned Books" lists.) Notice no one says that about Suzanne Collins. Why? It's the world we live in.
1)See this article: Chipped Children: Modern America Dystopia and then tell me big brother is a thing of the distant future!
2) Check out what Peter Diamandis is up to. He's one of visionary few that are spearheading Star Trekkian science. Personally, I think it's awesome stuff, but it does go to show the age we are getting ready to enter. We're practically on the cutting edge of the U.S.S. Enterprise!
3) Also, check out this awesome dystopian literature video.
Okay, maybe this isn't so much a proof as it is me geeking out, but it kinda gives ya chills, doesn't it?
Please do not despair my dystopian-reading peeps and tweeps. Despite all the creepiness and gloom, I personally believe all this to be a good thing.
4) In her article, 7 Reasons Young Adult Books Appeal to Adults, Jacquelyn Mitchard cites one reason as follows:
I love this! Mostly because it's funny. *chuckles heartily*#3. Do you know where your kids are? Adults who read YA do.
Mitchard goes on to say that it's a great way for adults to understand the mindset of their pubescent kids (a point I actually think is very valid). But I get something simpler from this. No, not a snigger. Okay, not ONLY that.
I think people who read about conflict and wade through it with the characters will be more prepared for what real life throws at them.
Am I totally making of excuses to read dystopian novels? Of course! But that doesn't mean they aren't valid!
Happy Dystopic Evolution, Everyone! May the best apocalypse win! :D