Fiction Genre: Dystopian Novels

I have new hobby; whenever I check on my Xperia in the morning, the first website I visit is GoodReads and click the recommendations book. Yesterday, I found a book entitled A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker, interesting book title which earned good reviews. Though I haven’t read it but I have put it in my ePub list to read in my Sony Xperia, once I finished reading City of Heavenly Fire and Divergent trilogy, I guess I need something light and fresh to read and novel by Kristin Walker is a good choice.

This morning, I found a book entitled The Ward. I don’t know, perhaps I’m starting addicted to Dystopian novels. The funny thing is, when I was an English Literature Student, I haven’t heard anything about Dystopian novels until I read The Hunger Games, however, when I was in junior high school, I have written some stuffs about a group of kids with advance self-defense who have jobs to protect the world, yeah though I’m not quite sure what should I call it or perhaps I was just watching too much Power Ranger and Ultra Men at that time. If I found Dystopian term a bit early, I think it is going to be an interesting topic for my thesis, though I don’t regret at all about the topic I chose for my thesis because Dark Humor in Harry Potter as represented by Fred and George Weasley is one of the interesting stuffs I’ve ever written, I think nobody out there who’s enjoying writing their thesis as I was enjoying writing my thesis.

Back to the topic. Dystopian novels. 

What is Dystopia?


Dystopia is the opposite of Utopia. If Utopia in fiction means an ideal society and then the opposite is likely or even utterly horrible society as the effect of dehumanization, environmental disaster or totalitarian government; that’s why mostly fictions using dystopian genre taken place and time in future setting; and that’s actually the best point of dystopian novels, where as the authors are using only their imagination to create a totally new world, for example is Panem and its twelve districts in The Hunger Games, Glade and its gigantic maze in The Maze Runner or the classic one like Gulliver’s Travels where you could find a place where Lilliputs live or a place called Brobdingnag where the giants live and so on.

After Harry Potter that introduced us to the new world called magic and then Twilight to the new era of Vampire story, I could say that The Hunger Games has a big role in bringing dystopia term into popular circle; though the genre is already there since Gulliver’s Travels published in 18th century but to my personal opinion, The Hunger Games is the key to all dystopian novels, because whenever there is new dystopian novels, critics prefer stated is as the next The Hunger Games if the story is worth reading or stated is as just another dystopian novels.

For the origin of the etymology, dystopia derived from the Greek words topos (τόπος) which means ‘place’ and then combined with word from Ancient Greek δυσ- which means ‘bad’ or ‘hard’.

Right now, the term of dystopia is widely known as one of the fiction genres; once again thanks to The Hunger Games, but do you know when exactly this genre is used for the first time? According to Oxford English Dictionary (red: my bible) the term dystopian once used by John Stuart Mill in his statement regarding Government’s Irish land policy, he stated “It is, perhaps, too complimentary to call them Utopians, they ought rather to be called dys-topians, or caco-topians. What is commonly called Utopian is something too good to be practicable; but what they appear to favour is too bad to be practicable”.

Well, for you who are currently studying English Language and Literature, perhaps Dystopian could be one of the recommended ideas you could elaborate for your thesis aside from the Deus ex Machina which is also interesting. Actually, there is one more thing I’m interested to write regarding fiction genre, it is Steampunk. So, just wait.

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