Dystopian Literature – (Definition via WIKIPEDIA)
The utopia and its offshoot, the dystopia, are genres of literature that explore social and political structures. Utopian fiction is the creation of an ideal world, or utopia, as the setting for a novel. Dystopian fiction is the opposite: creation of a nightmare world, or dystopia.
Many novels combine both, often as a metaphor for the different directions humanity can take in its choices, ending up with one of two possible futures. Both utopias and dystopias are commonly found in science fiction and other speculative fiction genres, and arguably are by definition a type of speculative fiction.
Knowing what I’m like, I’ve complied the following as inspiration for book choices for #GiraffeLBC!
Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Richard Bachman The Running Man (1982)
John Wyndham The Chrysalids (1955)
Terry Brooks Armageddon’s Children (2006)
PD James The Children of Men (1992)
H.G. Wells The Time Machine (1895)
William Gibson Neuromancer (1984)
Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games(2008-2010)
Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake/The Year of the Flood(2003 – 2009)
Jack London Iron Heel (1908)
William Golding Lord of the Flies (1954)
Margaret Atwood Handmaid’s Tale (1985)