[Night Bazaar] Dystopical Creams Are the New Snowclones

Image from Pop Gun Chaos.

Unfortunately for you, I’ve spent far too much time thinking about utopias and dystopias. Sorry, people…you’re pretty much screwed. If you’re not a utopia nerd, you might want to move along.

The term “dystopia” is used a little fast and loose within science fiction and fantasy. Here’s how I see it: A dystopia is specifically concerned with what is dysfunctional about the society overall, on a broad basis. Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale are science fiction dystopias. Darkness at Noon is a non-science-fiction dystopia. A dystopia is created by an author who intends to voice specific political and social criticisms, not one who wants a cool setting for an essentially unrelated plot that could basically have been set in a non-dystopic society. A dystopia or dystopian novel, to me, is a very specific thing. It’s a criticism of current society by presenting a more dysfunctional society that represents the worst possibilities in today’s world.

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