The dystopia craze started, I believe, with the success of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (a book that I very much adore). It's hard to make it as a writer, so when people saw how well her parable of futuristic teen angst and bloodshed did, they understandably thought Aha! Here is the formula for success!! And ten seconds later, the front display tables of every Barnes and Nobles' across the country were weighted down with hardcovers featuring alluring young rebels simultaneously coming of age and overthrowing the government. But books are not meant to be formulaic! Believe me, I've tried to like some of these books, but they are not original, and so they are lifeless. They recycle the same type of oppressive government, the same old heroine in the spirit of a watered-down Katniss Everdeen, and the same tired love triangle. The saddest part of all this, however, is that people love these terrible books. And so I have taken on the solemn task of educating my peers!
|Some highly recommendable dystopias, |
along with my toes-again
Bloglovin link: <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/12033577/?claim=w7rp4nha2dk">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</