Sunday, December 30, 2012
I really dislike dystopian fiction. It relies on the reader having a divergent system of moral beliefs from the society depicted in the work. It then assumes that this divergent moral code is objectively more correct than the dystopian society's. Also, if you just shot the main character, it would become a utopian fiction. There are some exceptions, like The Handmaid's Tale, written by Margaret Atwood. Unlike something like The Giver or Brave New World, the society depicted in THT shows, after the harmonious veneer is peeled away, cracks that can be exposed without the juxtaposition of the protagonist's alternative moral view.