A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
the literary exploration of social and political structures in ‘a dark, nightmare world, a society characterized by poverty, squalor or oppression
- Take current technologies and extrapolate how they would affect the future in a negative way
- A dystopian society is the opposite of a utopian one–reflect that in your story.
- The characters live a repressed, controlled life.
- Often, a figurehead or concept is worshipped.
- Citizens fear the outside world. It is banished and distrusted.
- Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
- The dystopian protagonist often feels controlled and is trying to escape.
- Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
- The key to writing good dystopian fiction is to entrench yourself in current affairs. Use these to grow your story.
- The story must be more than simply criticizing society.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Anthem by Ayn Rand
- Gattaca by Andrew Niccols
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- 1984 by George Orwell
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.