Hello and Welcome! This is my first post, so it’s very exciting.
I created this blog so that I can share my love of dystopian novels (and movies). My enjoyment of them goes really far back (well, not really far back, but far enough) to my junior high days. In 9th grade, my mom made me read The Giver for English Lit . At first I protested. At the time, post-apocalyptic books for children and teens were in style, and I found them completely exhausting to read. Usually they involved someone wandering around aimlessly with the world crashing in around them. Depressing and not fun at all. I didn’t understand why I would read that, when I could read Jane Austen, or Little Women. Something pretty, not hopeless. However, having been threatened with a Shakespeare play or Flowers For Algernon, as alternatives, I decided that maybe I could try The Giver.
I started the book reluctantly, expecting to hate it. The day I started it was cloudy, gloomy. Not the best type of day to read a “post-apocalyptic” novel that you didn’t want to read in the first place. Before I began my required chapter count for the day, I looked at the much-resented book – a battered, sticky, gross-looking copy from the public library- took a deep breath, and started reading. And kept reading past my required chapter count for the day.
Instead of being bored and frustrated with the trademark aimless wandering of popular post-apocalyptic books, I found myself in the middle of a dynamic and calculated society. A society that could just as easily be our own someday. I finished the book and completed my book report to mom’s satisfaction.
Even after I had long finished The Giver, I found that I still thought about it. Sure, the whole setup was sort of unsettling, but then, it was still hopeful. And besides that, it was a good story. I read it a second time, enjoying it just as much as the first. This time though, I was more fascinated by the structure. I had never read anything like it. It wasn’t post-apocalyptic, but it was definitely futuristic, or at least taking place in a parallel universe. At the time, I didn’t bother to find out what genre it was, thinking that it was an experimental genre, if anything.
Then I read The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games was yet another book that my mom tried to convince me to read in my junior high years. I didn’t buy it. Then the movie came out. The commercials looked good, so I thought that I’d give the book a try. And….
One of my new favorites. I read the first book over a couple of days, then read the other two installments quickly after. It was so easy to get wrapped up in Katniss and her dilemma of the Games. And of course there’s a love triangle (yeah!).
Having finished H.G. I was left feeling a bit sad. What do you do when you finish an epic series? It was just like when Harry Potter ended, only that series had seven books.
Still, I didn’t mope for long. After cleansing my literary palette with the much acclaimed, extremely moving,and incredibly profane, The Deep End of the Ocean I decided to look for another book that was just like H.G. Searching Goodreads, I found not only The Selection by Kiera Cass, but the name of the genre that both H.G. and The Giver belonged to; Dystopia. A pretty cool name if you ask me.
After that, I decided to make it my mission to read as many dystopian novels as possible. I had planned on blogging on it from the start, but never actually got around to setting the blog up. So a communications course in university became my perfect excuse, and my blog has since been born.
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