Unraveling The Mysteries Of Dystopian Fiction

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you have probably noticed the growing trend in dystopian novels. It’s pretty hard to ignore. Most of these names will probably be familiar. Some are oldies. Most are recent. Hunger Games. The Giver. Divergent. Matched. Legend. Crewel. The Circle. The Time Machine. The Maze Runner. The list goes on and on. Dystopian fiction really well written, and I myself sometimes pick one up. But a question I often find myself asking is “Why do we choose to portray humankind in such a manner?”

In dystopian novels, humankind as we know it has been totally and utterly disfigured. In most novels there was either a great environmental disaster, a nuclear apocalypse, or a great war between man. The underlying message in many dystopian novels is often “Humankind is flawed, but through great trial, effort, and a few hundred years, we can always fix things. Er, change things for the better. Well, what we and a bunch of other people think is better.”

So, why do we even like it? Dystopian fiction, for the most part, views us, humans as we are now, are fundamentally flawed. Our emotions bring us down. Our government and its leaders suck. We should all only be able to see the color grey. (Which, surprisingly, comes up a lot). It basically insults us, our thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Yet, it is one of the most popular genres. How does this even make sense?

I mean, if you’re going to take the time to imagine a whole future world, could it maybe look more like this?

C’mon, people! Let’s see some rainbow roads!

But nooooooooo, dystopian worlds have to be colorless and everyone can only see grey. No red, green, purple, that kind of stuff. GREY.

At least someone’s getting it straight.

Also, what is up with the use of computer chips? How about a stylish bracelet or ring? Maybe a belt? STOP WHIPING PEOPLE’S MEMORIES. THAT IS SOOOOO OVERDONE. IT NEEDS TO STOP. NOW.

So next time you go out and write a dystopian novel, please take the time to think about what I said. Dystopia, you are in for a major change.

The Growing Trend In Graphic Novels

Unless you live in a hole in the ground, you probably have head at least something about the growing trend that is Graphic Novels. It’s hard to understand why they are so popular. is it because there are fewer words and more pictures, therefore making it easier to read? Are the pictures more pleasing to the eye? Personally, I think it’s due to the fact that they simply are easier to connect to. Graphic novels are able to talk about awkward things like nothing else.

Take Raina Telgemeier’s books Smile and Drama. In Smile, a girl suffers a tragic orthodontic accident and loses her two front teeth, dooming her to a tragic adolescence of teeth problems. Almost every teen has to get braces, and none of them are happy about it. (If you were happy about getting braces, please let me know, and I can send you a medal, of stupidity or something.) Unfortunatly, no one ever explains what getting braces is like. You remain pitifully uneducated until you are strapped into the operating chair. The book also deals with stuff like crushes, and friends who don’t really like you. It is a pure embodiment of middle school life.

One of my personal pet peeves is having people lie to you about how much something will hurt.

The second book is based on a completely different character, in a completely different location. In this book, a girl becomes friends with these two boys, who are both really cute. It turns out that one of them is gay, and the other one may or may not be. We don’t know yet. But the problem is, Callie (the main character) can’t decide if she likes her old crush, or the maybe-maybe-not gay one. And what if he is gay?

Callie also has to manage the set for her school’s play. And there’s even more trouble in that direction. I love how this book is so down to earth. I felt like I was back at school again. The books also connected with teens today. I don’t think anyone wants to explain what it is like to have a crush, or not know if someone likes you, or have a crush on a gay guy. That’s why we need books like these.

Another author that I think does a really great job is Faith Erin Hicks. I love her books, especially Superhero Girl. I find they really get a point across, and they are really funny as well.

Recently, I just read Zombies Crossing, a book about a girl named Joss with a freakish love of Zombies and England. Her zombie knowledge comes in handy when there is a sudden zombie apocalypse. Two of my other favorite boos by her are Brain Camp and Nothing Could Possibly Go Wrong. Although, now that I think about it, these books are probaly not appropriate for children under, let’s say 10-12. Your choice.

I’ve met a lot of people who don’t really like grpahic novels, but they never really gave them a chance. These aren’t your mama’s comics. Head on down to the library.

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