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#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Utopia

The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.

My topic, like the last time, will be writing genres.

This genre:




where humanity lives in a utopia and technology has removed society’s problems

Tipsa to z

  1. Make your imagined society idealistic with a goal of perfect conditions.
  2. Most often, the ideals include peace, equality, and justice. Pick one that you focus on.
  3. Whatever ideal you select, don’t ignore its flaws. Show how to overcome them.
  4. Use your utopian novel as a chance to explore an idea you disagree with–be a ‘devil’s advocate’.
  5. Your plot will probably include the MC discovering something about the utopia that isn’t perfect and figuring out how to cope with it.
  6. The utopian world may be perfect, but the MC may have a conflict within himself that conflicts with this perfection.
  7. The underlying design can be anything that works–feminism, capitalism, patriarchy, anarchy, or religion

Popular Books

  1. Innerscape by acflories (loved this book)
  2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  3. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
  4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  5. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
  6. Manna by Marshall Brain
  7. Republic by Plato
  8. Utopia by Sir Thomas More
  9. Walden Two by B.F. Skinner

BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these V-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and a link for where to purchase.

Click for complete list of these 26 genres

Click for a complete list of all genres I’ve written about

More U Genres:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022


54 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: Genres–Utopia

      • I remember it being good, something very different from what I was used to reading at that time. But I think I’d look at the story through very different, possibly more critical eyes, all these years later. Not just as a reader, but as a person with far more life experience. The book sat on my shelf for years until I finally donated it along with other books.

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  1. My senior project as an undergrad philosophy major was on Utopian and Anti-Utopian literature. I’ve read five of the nine, several like More and Skinner before the study. One additional one, but is more of a sociological/philosophical study that provides a background for understanding is Karl Mannheim’s “Ideology and Utopia.”

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  2. My novella in production, “The Mystical Talisman of Atlantis”, based on Plato’s Atlantis will be fantasy utopian genre. 50,000 years ago, a high-tech spiritual community of human hybrids from different galaxies lived on the islands of Atlantis. In a lost, mysterious land of an ancient civilization, it will be a battle of mystical magic vs wickedness of evil forces for the power of the supernatural crystal and command of the empire of Atlantis. Fall 2022

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    • It is positive and upbeat so I think you’d like it. Not cozy, but not depressing or dystopian. I don’t read a lot of it either (read that: almost none) but mostly because I have other genres I like better.

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  3. Hi Jacqui – another interesting genre … with some great suggestions … oh dear I do wish I was better read – ah well … I noted your day plan and must make myself one and get reading … Utopia in some ways sounds bliss … but the struggles define us! Cheers Hilary

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  4. Your post roused memories of the 1967 novel Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. I recall reading the novel in my misspent youth, and enjoyed every page. The 1976 film worked, but didn’t quite live up to my memory of the book, although it was a hit at the box office.

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