In the last few years dystopia as a genre has become more and more prominent, particularly in YA. Obviously books like The Hunger Games, Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and various other books have helped this new market trend, but personally, I think it’s a great thing dystopia is becoming more popular, particularly amongst young people.
The main aim of dystopia is to challenge aspects of our society. For example The Hunger Games looks at media culture, government control, the manipulation of the celebrity. Pure by Julianna Baggott questions social status and environmental disaster.
There are a multitude of things that are wrong with our society. Whilst it might not always be pleasant to admit it, dystopia helps us comes to terms with these issues, and while they may not appear as extreme as their depictions in these novels, that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth examining.
The most frightening thing about these books is their sense of reality, and this only comes from the fact that the issues they are tackling are wholeheartedly based on problems we already face in our daily lives. They are gripping not only because of the talent of the author, but because deep down, we all know that the characters are facing real problems we have today, if only on a much bigger and more dramatic scale.
I think it’s great that YA has begun to corner the market on dystopia. The target audience of these books is the future of our society after all. Isn’t it fantastic that at such a young age they can already start to challenge the issues and problems we face today? We will always need people to challenge the concepts and notions of the world we live in. If dystopian YA novels can influence just some of these readers, and provoke them to start thinking about solutions for all these issues, the world will be a better place.
There are many more reasons why dystopia is great. I could go on and on. However, I’ve already written an older post (although it may need updating) about the many reasons I love dystopia, and this certainly won’t be the last time I touch on this subject. But in regards to the way it will affect society’s youth, and the benefits it will have to us in the future, I think that’s worth noting.
What do you think about dystopia? Do you think it widens our perspective, or are you not a fan of the genre?