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.


Songs And Stories: Finding The Connection

As many of ¬†you might know, the Grammys were last night. I tried to watch them, but I guess my luck wasn’t good, because I couldn’t even get a signal. To tell the truth, the real reason I wanted to watch the Grammys was because of all the nominations Lorde got. I really love her music. I feel it really sends a good message, and I also feel I really connect with the music. I love how it is kind of bare, that there is almost nothing in the songs but a drumbeat and a voice. I really like that. But it’s kind of awesome how a lot of new songs these days really send a message, even if its kind of muted. But that’s the problem. Songs can send any kind of message.

But it’s not always good. Consider the lyrics to Summertime Sadness, by Lana Del Ray. “I got my red dress on tonight, dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight. Done my hair real big beauty queen style, high heels off, I’m feeling alive.” So you need a red dress, a big hairdo, and a moonlight dance to make you feel special. Message received: you need to be pretty and have a male by your side.

“Im feeling electric tonight, cruising down the coast going ’bout 99. Got my bad baby by my heavenly side, I know if I go, I’ll die happy tonight.” Drive cars fast and dangerously, get drunk and date bad boys. I don’t know about you, but that’s what I picked up from this song. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not dissing Lana Del Ray. I’m just saying her songs aren’t exactly the best message. And I’m saying this because our unconscious mind processes information everyday. But this means we get negatively influenced because of media and songs like that. Our brain just stores those ideas away. Not good for us. Not at all.

But songs like Royals can positively influence us. “But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands, tigers on a gold leash, we don’t care. We aren’t caught up in your love affair.” This part kind of suggests disdain for all the things society values. Those things don’t really matter. Lorde knows that. And she recognizes how songs scan affect you. “And ever song is like gold teeth, grey goose, tripin’ in the bathroom. Bloodstains, ball gowns, trashing the hotel room. We don’t care, were driving Cadillacs in our dreams.” She gets it. Now it’s up to us to follow her example.

Please let me know what songs send you a message!

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