Sunday, 22 February 2015

Despising Dystopia

A while ago, someone said something to me that got me thinking. 

I met Fiona from Eventide Reads in Waterstones a few months ago, and whilst we were talking about books, she said about how Dystopian novels are all very similar. This statement made me realise something: I don't like dystopian fiction.

Has anyone else realised how similar YA Dystopian's actually are? Because when you think about it - they are RIDICULOUSLY similar.

If you really think about it, you'll notice how obviously one of the main parts of the dystopias is that there is a society in the future in which something is banned or new laws are put into place and just like that, everyone seems to go along with it. Then a member of this society, will be "awoken", and they will kick off a revolution

Usually, the person at the centre of it all is a girl. This girl will normally be an average member of society. They will be between 16 and 18, and rather okay with their situation (well, with the exception of Katniss). The protagonist will go through EXACTLY the same process as everyone else, yet it is them who decides that what is happening is wrong. Often there will be a friend or relationship brought into the mix that makes the character's decision a hard one.

There is ALWAYS, a love interest who just so happens to come in at EXACTLY the wrong time. Or they will be there from the very beginning and be thrown into the same situation as our protagonist. However, in a lot of YA Dystopias, there is a love triangle. For example; in The Hunger Games - Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and in Delirium - Lena, Alex and Julian. The protagonist normally will have feeling for the first person brought into the mix, but once a second person is added, they will move on to them - often by the end of the trilogy (which leads me onto my next point) or book, they will have made a stupid and very irrational decision to revert back to their first relationship - with the less appealing one of the two love interests. Usually, the reader will favour the second of the two interests over the first.

My final point is the fact that the majority of authors who write dystopian novels feel the need to create a trilogy, and drag the story out over the course of three books, roughly all the same number of pages. This is often successful, but sometimes isn't so much.

Where do you sit with the similarities in YA Dystopias?
Let me know in the comments.

Holly x

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