Since I was about 10 years old, I always had an interest in movies, books and anything else that were dystopias. At the time, I didn’t know they were called dystopias. I just knew that they had to deals with the change of human beings if the world was a certain way. Now after being in this class, I found out that these films and book called dystopias. There are some books and movies that are utopias and others that are dystopias.
In utopia, it’s a place where society is perfect. That means there are no conflicts occurring here. In literature, utopia is referred to this orderly community where everyone is living in harmony. Some of the novels get their inspiration from the history of utopian communities in the US. In the 1830’s and 1840’s, some communities like New Harmony and the Oneida Community were utopian communes that were established in the US.
In dystopia or also called as anti-dystopia, there is a community where people are miserable and depressed because of how society is set up. Novels are more commonly known as a dystopian novel or as apocalyptic literature. In literature, a dystopian text would have a controlling government, huge poverty, and people not being able to freely think for themselves because someone it telling them what is right or there is propaganda around to influence their minds.
Between the different genres, I feel that dystopian novels are the same when it comes to the concepts but the events and overall plot of the novel can be really different. I lot of YA novels that are about dystopia are written for children ages 12 to 17. Children those ages read a lot more and have a wild imagination when it comes to utopias. Science fiction novels are the most popular. It contains an equal amount of drama, fantasy, and action. Having all these components makes a novel very interesting and enjoyable to read.
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