The science of writing dystopian literature has been around since the late 19th century.
A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon a list of words and phrases from literature that you need to know.
But why should we care about the science of literary writing?
Why not just enjoy the words themselves?
I started to wonder, if you can write a dystopian novel, what would it be?
And why is that question so relevant to literature today?
So I wrote the book, What to write about dystopias?
For example, why would you want to write a novel about the dystopian future?
You’d need to answer a few questions, like: What is the point of writing a dystopian story?
What does a dystopian future mean to the people living in it?
Why do you want the people in your story to live in a dystopian dystopia?
How will the characters react to the world in a dystopia and why?
You could also ask: What would be the point if the dystopian novel is not about the future?
If the story is about the past, what happens to the characters?
What is the difference between a story about the present and a story in which the present is the backdrop?
How is it possible to write an actual dystopia without having to use the language of the past?
Why is it necessary to write such a dystopic novel in the first place?
Why do dystopian literature have a particular resonance for us?
First, because dystopias have become the object of fascination in the literary world in the last 20 years.
From George Orwell’s 1984 to William Faulkner’s The Wind in the Willows, dystopian literature is a central part of the literary canon.
In 1984, the book The Road to Wigan Pier became the highest-selling novel in history.
Orwell’s famous 1984, written in 1950, is one of the earliest dystopian novels and remains a favourite of the general public.
In his essay, ‘What is a dystopias aim?’, John Steinbeck describes Orwell’s dystopian novel as “a novel about life under the rule of totalitarian despots and a novel which is, by and large, not a novel at all”.
The dystopian novel has become so important to the public consciousness that it is now the subject of the new film The Dark Tower.
So what does this mean for our future?
As Orwell predicted, the novel is about life in the post-democratic world in which totalitarian despotism reigns supreme.
It is a novel, after all, about a world where the world is governed by dictators who rule over the lives of millions of people.
If you want a dystopian book that is about a dystopian world, then you have to look elsewhere.
The book of Thomas Hardy, The Night of the Hunter, is an interesting example of a dystopian epic.
Hardy’s novel is a book about a man who discovers a way to change his past and make it work for him in the future.
It is a story of hope, of revenge, of finding his place in the world.
In this novel, the protagonist, a young boy named Thomas Hardy is given the chance to make the change he believes he needs to change the past.
I am also interested in the idea that the dystopia is the object to be explored.
What would the future look like if people lived in a world without dystopias and totalitarian despotic rule?
It could be a place of freedom and equality.
Or, if we have a dystopas future, then we could have a dystopian society where the majority live in relative peace, where there is no need for a dystopian fiction to tell us about our future.
What does it mean to write in the dystopian genre?
What are the different kinds of dystopias we can expect to see in the near future?