Friday, July 23, 2010

Fess Up Friday: A Whole New World

Yes, folks. It's another edition of Fess Up Friday.

*roaring applause*

I've been hearing about this trend for a couple months now, and I'm excited to finally get your take on it. Without further ado, here's this week's question:

Are you a fan of dystopian fiction?

Confession: I haven't read a single dystopian book besides The Hunger Games series, which is actually considered more of a post-apocalyptic world.

Yes, I need to get out more.

I'm definitely craving these books for my library, though. Just have to tear myself away from all these paranormals first. *evil grin*

What say you? Like it or not?


  1. I love dystopian, but I must confess my stupidity here. What is the difference between dystopian and post apocolyptic? Because I kind of thought they were used interchangably.

  2. Definitely like it. What's great about Dystopian is that everyone envisions things being messed up in such different ways. It's the scariest genre to read, I think, because I live convinced that all those things could happen.

  3. Oh gorgeous woman!! Please please do try 1984 by GEORGE ORWELL - the most definitive dystopian novel ever!!! Seriously! If the ending doesn't slay you to a thousand pieces.. ooooh i don't know what!


    Take care

  4. Love dystopian. It's my guilty pleasure. While some people *cough, wink, nudge* are hung up on paranormal, I'm always reading dystopian. (:

  5. Crystal, you are not stupid :) Your welcome.

    Anyway, post-apocalyptic and dystopian can sometimes blend together in a book, but they're not the same thing. For instance, The Hunger Games is mostly post-apocalyptic because it features an America that no longer sustains itself as it currently does. The nation of Panem is what little remains are left of what America used to be after society collapsed on itself. This could also be the case in I Am Legend, where the narrator is the only man left in New York City, unharmed by the virus spreading in the air.

    A dystopia, however, involves a world that may not have gone through a crisis or catastrophe. It's just our world with other rules, which suck really badly. These rules are usually meant to oppress the individual and put a damper on free will. Those who don't obey get the butt-whoopin' of their life.

    Okay. I totally paraphrased the bejeezus out of those explanations. Sorry.

  6. I've watched a few dystopian shows over the years, but I've never read anything like that. I'm sure I'd like it, though.

  7. Nope. Hate it. (Kidding, kidding.) I LOVE it, clearly, which is why I decided to write it. What I like most about it is that it takes things we already do/believe/want and pushes them to the limit, so it really makes me examine myself.

    I second the 1984 recommendation. Also, I recommend The Giver. It's one of my favs.

  8. Oh, I love dystopian fiction! I love getting sucked into another world that is like ours in some ways yet glaringly different in others.

    I definitely second The Giver. One of my favorite books!

  9. Never had one that's drawn my interest. Never say never though.

  10. Like Old Kitty, I loved 1984 by Orwell. I really want to find another good dystopian to read too. I feel a book search coming on...:)

  11. I"m kinda indifferent to it. I like it if the story is good. A good story is a good story. Among the Hidden Series is good. The Giver and 1984 are excellent.