Dystopia Books: Why Are They So Popular?

Many kids have read Divergent by now and if you haven't, well I'm sorry this isn't exactly a review/summary of it. When Veronica Roth came to Fremd for Writers Week, I had no idea who she was or that she wrote this amazing book. I saw her speak and got really interested in the book so I bought it before Spring Break to read on the drive to South Carolina. I ended up loving the book and I plan to read Insurgent.

This blog post is not so much about the books as it is the genre. Lately there have been many authors writing about a post Apocalyptic world in which there is some sort of oppressive government ruling a relatively small population of survivors. Personally, I believe that more kids are reading this books because one we crave action and two we can somewhat relate to it. Now, kids are much more aware of what is going on in the world than even 10 years ago due to social networks. We are unsettled by the violence in the world and when we read a book like this it can sooth us or we can relate to it better and become engulfed in the story.

This is just me stating my wild ideas, so feel free to comment with what you guys think.

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Comment by Melissa Peisker on May 14, 2012 at 7:15pm

I think you're right that there are so many dystopian novels. This is probably because The Hunger Games and Divergent are so popular, and from a writer's perspective it's second nature to copy this trend - if you write a book in a popular genre it's likely that people will buy your book. It's also like how there were so many vampire books after Twilight.

Comment by Tanner Rubin on May 14, 2012 at 10:31pm

To me, it is super interesting to hear so many random fictional and non-fictional predictions on how people think the world will be in the future. I love the idea of the future because if you think about how much technology has progressed even in the last ten years, it is very possible that some of the things in this book could end up being reality. I know its not likely, but always fun to think about!

Comment by Aaron Harris on May 16, 2012 at 2:35pm

I could not agree more; I think that now a days kids especially crave that survival action, the hunger games was a big hit and though the story is different the idea is the same. The reader sees an oppresive government and a group of people surviving. I can see exactly where you are coming from Jiyan, nice blog!


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