September 25, 2012

Why I extremely love and incredibly hate Dystopian books

Interesting title, huh? I'll explain.

dystopia is the idea of a society, generally of a speculative future, characterized by negative, anti-utopian elements, varying from environmental to political and social issues. Dystopian societies, usually hypothesized by writers of fiction, have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres and is often used to raise issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future.
- Wikipedia.org

Recently I am all into Dystopian books and I love it. These stories are so freaking unique! And awesome and amazing and utterly fantastic. But let's stick to the point.

The beginning. 
OMG the beginning of every dystopian book is so freaking difficult to understand! I remember when I read The Hunger Games, for the first couple of chapters I didn't have a clue what was going on!

Same for Article 5. What was it with the articles? What's wrong with their society?

And, now frankly, same for Under the Never Sky. I took me to read half of the book to understand how the world was built. Duh. Incredible world indeed, though.

What I want to say is.. The beginning is the most difficult part of these books for me. Sometimes I just want to quit the book just because I can't understand what in the world is going on?! But then I always say to myself to keep going and everything will turn out ok.

And when you're passed over the introduction of the world and society of the book, well, then you start to feel how amazing the story is. I mean, for me it's always amazing.

I love that there are some individuals that just don't want to cooperate with the society design. And the funny thing is, that mostly these individuals are girls. And they make a difference! And I think this is utterly amazing. I mean, I am a girl and sometimes I just feel so small and insignificant. Like I can't change anything in the world. Like I can't do bigger things because noone would listen to me. 

But Tris was also small and she made a big difference. Katniss hasn't felt that important either, and she became the head of a revolution against the Capital. These girls didn't have supernatural powers and still, they did make some pretty baddass changes to the world to make it better. :)

I really love Dystopian books, because they light this fire of hope in yourself. That makes you want to make and do better for yourself and for the world. And if you're fighting for a right cause, you are gonna succeed. The way there will be tough, but in the end is going to be worth it.

What do you think of Dystopian books? How do you feel about the beginnings? How do you feel about societies so different from ours? And about strong female characters that make a difference? :)



2 comments :

Lauren's Loquacious Lit said...

I've read quite a few dystopias. My first one was the Obernewtyn series, and that was before I even knew what a dystopia was. Then I read some for school, like Brave New World.

Since then, I've read a couple since they became the new vampires and I have really enjoyed some of the ones I've read like Matched and The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. I really enjoy the perspective they give me at the end, I can usually end up appreciating my life a lot better, it's great for showing me how lucky I am to be able to have my freedoms and choices.

Sam said...

Quite recently, maybe in the last couple of weeks or so, I've been starting to feel like I need to take a break from dystopian books. I guess I've just been reading too many and have finally reached saturation point! I think during the end of 2011 especially (and maybe early 2012) was when I was most into this genre. :) Still, that's not to say I'm not excited for many of the 2013 releases! I just need to try not to tire myself out before then. ;)

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