I think the most interesting thing about dystopias is what people are willing to do in order to do what is right for them or what they need to do in order to stay alive. Seeing people make these sacrifices and risks to save the ones they love or themselves truly opens your eyes to the type of people humans can be when put into certain situations. Let’s take The Summer Prince example. My independent reading is about a place ruled my queens that can serve up to two five years’ terms. Every five years, a king is chosen to take the throne for one year and then dies in a bloody sacrifice. This reminded me of the TV show the 100. In the show, people were sacrificed in order to protect the queen just like what they are doing in my book. In their minds, the queen is sacred to their people and is the leader. She knows what needs to be done because she has the power to remember her other lives. Another thing I realized is that most dystopias I have read or watched before has some type of love in it. Whether it’s between a brother and his sister, a mother and her child, or two people who will do anything for each other, love has a strong will of making people do things they never thought they could do before. An example can be Lincoln and Octavia in the show the 100. Lincoln is a grounder and Octavia is a sky crew. Their love puts them in danger with their people and yet, they still want to be together. Lincoln gave up his home and the will to live with his people to be with his beloved Octavia, even though some human does not trust him because he is a grounder. Their love is just one of many examples that most dystopias show. I believe by having that type of mood in a dystopia can make its audience seem like the film or book is more relatable and interesting.
There are a lot of elements of a Dystopia that excite me. Honestly, to me, I argue that the most exciting part is just the social disobedience or civilians who turn against the oppression of the government. My independent reading book is called Candor by Pam Bachorz. It’s a story that takes place in Candor, Florida. The protagonist is Oscar Banks and he is the son of the founder of Candor. Oscar is the kid that everyone wants to be like. He makes straight A’s, he gets invited to all sorts of clubs. However, he finds out that his dad send subliminal messages throughout the day that controls people’s actions. Oscar starts a business to counter his dad’s schemes. He tries to get people out of Candor before they get turned. It is effective because no one would ever expect Oscar to be doing it. This is what I find most interesting about dystopias. The fact that someone’s dad could be the founder of a community, yet his son is willing to go against him, because he knows it’s wrong. Additionally, Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games is a great example of how people have socially and civilly disobeyed the government, because they knew the truth.
In addition to the elements of dystopia that I find interesting, there are also parts I don’t understand. What I don’t comprehend is how most dystopian stories have a love/romantic appeal between characters. Personally, I believe that this element makes a better story line and it makes the story more interesting. Additionally, it gives characters motives when they know that they are doing something for someone that they are in love with. In my independent reading book, Candor, Oscar meets a girl named Nia that he really likes, but in order to save her, it means getting her out of Candor before she is changed. Doing so would lead to Oscar never seeing her again. As stated before, Katniss and Peeta were lovebirds in The Hunger Games. Both the The Hunger Games and Candor exemplify how love is used to explain the idea of dystopia.
What interested me most about dystopia are just a few things. One is when a good author can take real situation that can cause dystopia’s to happen. If I was to use the book little brother as an example where the government ruled over technology and the public was upset. Look at an event that didn’t happen to long ago when a china closed all social media and only Hong Kong was about to report the news because of its ties to the British, doesn’t this sound like little brother. The next thing I like about dystopia is the hero or heroic of a story, that fact someone will rise out of the ashes to restore faith and light into the world and crumble the dystopia land kind of like a good underdog story. The last thing that interest me about a dystopia novel is that our hero is really a ‘’bad person’’ in little brother Marcus was the protagonist in the story, continue to break federal laws and was wanted by the government. These thing about a dystopia often interests me into reading or watching the movies.
What often upset me because I can’t figure out is why do in dystopias ever happen in the first place. I know a world is a very unpleasant place set with limit that come at a cost but dystopia no one loves nothing about it. I love America even though I have seen a system that continue to not work for my people years and years of not helping us but I still love this country but Katniss hates district 12 and the capitol. I’m not able to answer why they happens, the main charater in my book is a person who begin the story as someone who can’t read nor write and lives in a patriarchy society where women are the depress ones.