Dystopian literature has been around for many years now and continues to develop. Dystopian novels are being transformed into million dollar movies such as The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Insurgent, etc. Since I have been in this English 1102 class I have been more interested in dystopian novels and films. There are message about the real world in these novels and movies that make them really interesting to me. When I was younger, I did not what a dystopian novel was. I found it compelling that every dystopian novel has similarities to today’s society. Characteristics are displayed in our own society but in a more extravagant way.
Young adult dystopian novels and movies are often written in a teenager’s perspective. When I am watching or reading something in the dystopian genre, I put myself in the character’s shoes to see if I can picture the country the way it is described in the novel. It helps me understand the movies better. Dystopian literature contains topics such as war, death, oppression and politics. I am starting to like dystopian literature more and more every time I read a book or watch a film. I find dystopian literature interesting because today’s politicians can control a country the way they want like in the novels or movies. I look as dystopia as being some kind of warning message to the audience.
When you read the definition of dystopia, it sounds horrible. It sounds like a topic I would never enjoy reading. Now that I know more about dystopian literature, it actually is one of the top genres on my list. A huge reason why I am starting to like this genre more and more is because of the comparisons of the issues in the books and current issues we have today in the world. I find novels and movies that relate to real life issues to be the best in my opinion. Even though I may not be familiar with every issue that has occurred in the real world, dystopian literature has made me more interested in find out more about issues in the world. The most covered subject in dystopian literature is the government.
The Knife of Never Letting Go, an independent reading I had to complete. This book is about a young boy named Todd who is the only boy in a town of men. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts, so there is basically never a time where it is silent. It is a town where there is no privacy. As Todd escapes Prentisstown, he finds a girl who joins him. Todd was told that all women was killed by a virus. The main theme of this story is distrust of authority as Todd discovers the truth of Prentisstown.