Re: Anyone else absolutely love dystopian literature?
I wanted to let you all know that I just wrote my first novel, Inferno, and it is a work of dystopian fiction. A lot of you have mentioned your interest in George Orwell's 1984, the quintessential dystopian novel, which is one of my all time favorite books and has been a huge inspiration to my own writing.
The dystopian genre and Orwell's ideas are so prevalent in today's times, and I think that there is no other art form more relevant to express the grievances of our modern world. Dystopian art at its center explores the social, political, and economic forces that cause the breaking down of civilization; the incidents, people, and obstacles that seem to rip the world apart at its seams, test our ethics, and show us a vision of our environment inverted directly upon itself.
Today we are on the cusp of a dystopia ourselves as we battle economic recession, high unemployment, corporate disasters like the gulf oil spill, a seemingly endless war in the Middle East, a lack of widespread healthcare, denying individuals the right to marriage, but most of all a communal sense of indifference.
However, we do not live in the first age that has tasted elements of dystopia, for it has been prevalent since the beginning of history, an almost disturbingly natural part of human history. W.B. Yeats, writing just after the First World War, wrote in his haunting poem The Second Coming, Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. His words were relevant then, and remain relevant today. The list of historical atrocities that mirror such a dystopian crumbling can be applied to too many incidents of the past to list here.
I hope to have captured at least a small part of Orwell's vision, of Yeats' prophecy, within my own work. I wish to highlight the inequities within our own age by showing a society that has already fallen, a world we could become victim too.
I hope the message of Inferno will inspire you to take action in our own world.