Friday Favorites: Welcome to Dystopia

Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. Β It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my moodΒ πŸ˜‰

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Welcome to Dystopia:
We hope you enjoy your stay!

 

metropolis.gifThis week I am taking a look at a favorite theme of mine, dystopian settings and stories. Ever since a young age, I have been strangely attracted to tales of Utopia gone awry. Finding an odd sort of joy in reading and watching terrifyingly, often totalitarian and post-apocalyptic environments play out. While these imaginings are inarguablyΒ unpleasant, they also offer an often uncanny and raw observance of humanity that appeals to me on a multiple levels. Be it film, books or even graphic novels, I never pass up the chance to explore well constructed dystopian story. I simply never tire of them.

Types of Dystopian Settings

  • Technological Advances
  • Totalitarian governments/Censorship
  • Nuclear/Natural Disasters/Disease
  • Corporate Control/Media
  • Survival

And many more! There are endless possibilities and scenarios in which humanity fights for survival and to regain a foothold. The above just happen to be a few of my favorites. So today I have compiled a glance of a few books and films I have discovered contain some of the most rewarding dystopian settings and themes.

My Favorite Dystopian Books

 

Favorite Dystopian Films


 

About that List Though..

The above are only a mere fraction of the dystopian themed novels and films you can find in my collection. I had contemplated really breaking this post down and categorizing them all, but the list would have been longer than anyone would care to read because I ❀ all things dystopia!

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Do you enjoy the genre/theme? What is it that you like or dislike about it? Maybe I failed to cover one of your favorite dystopian scenarios. Share some of your prefered books and films with me. I would love to discover some new series or reads to explore.

Lets Chat!

Danielle ❀

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75 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Welcome to Dystopia

    1. Blade Runner seems to be so hit or miss. It is obviosuly hit for me. But I adore that nostalgic, kitschy science fiction vibe. I am hoping to watch the new one this weekend. I still have not found Logan’s Run as a series!? I want to check it out. I have only read it and watched the movie.

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  1. Oh my gosh, I wish we could start a dystopian book club and just read it all the time. I didn’t even dip my toe in this genre until I was an adult, but once I did it quickly became one of my favorite genres. I love it for the same reason I love some fantasy – the world building! My favorite example of brilliant world building in a dystopian novel is N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy. I have no idea how her brain came up with all the rules to that world. I know those books are more often categorized as fantasy, but I think there’s some dystopian cross-over.

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      1. Jemisin is an author where IMHO you can really see her progression as a writer with each book. I LOVED her Broken Earth trilogy so much and consider it a masterpiece, but I don’t like her earlier stuff as much. The only other book I’ve read of hers besides the 3 Broken earth books is one of her firsts, the Killing Moon. It was okay but it didn’t grab me enough to read the second book.

        There might be a lot of genre cross-over here, but favorite dystopian-ish books are The Hungry Plague series, the Who Fears Death series, and the MadAddam series. Good Morning, Midnight is a quieter book that I appreciate more over time, and if you like Ocavia Butler maybe you’ll like her Earthseed series.

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  2. I used to read a ton of dystopia but I wasn’t keen on the wastelands years after a disaster, the cruel tyranny of government for the most part or YA angst in it. I realised I was more into watching the actual apocalypse unfold ie EMP, pandemic, zombies, solar flares and got into the prepper type of apocalyse books which I love. I rarely read dystopia without that prepper angle now.

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  3. I also like dystopia. I’m not sure if you play computer games, but my favourite PC game of all time is Half-Life 2, which is strongly dystopic but set very near our time. It seems HL2 was influenced by 1984, which, as it turns out, I’ve never read. I love Half-Life 2! Always have and always will! It portrays an Earth, where mankind has been enslaved by “the Combine,” which is supposedly alien and from another dimension. There’s a strong totalitarian theme, and your character (theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman) is the one that (unwittingly) ends up leading the resistance. But let me stop before I go on and on. I could talk all day about Half-Life 2 πŸ™‚

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      1. HL2 truly is a masterpiece of game design. Its graphics have aged quite a bit (the game is from 2004), but its gameplay should still hold up. Just a slight warning though: playing HL2 often gave me quite a bad headache as well as a little nausea. Some games just affect me like that; others don’t. Just thought I’d mention it πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah, I guess that was an easy call. LOL

        Yes, it IS so much more than just a zombie show! Those moral quandaries that happen are sometimes frustrating, but they are always valid points when one of them occurs. Basically… how much of yourself are you willing to give up, in order to survive? And if you’ve completely lost who you used to be, is it worth it to simply survive?

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  4. I used to think that I loved the Blade Runner… but then I re-watched it before the new movie came out and i was super disappointed. I can’t even explain why. Read the book as well just before watching it, and i must say that didn’t do it for me either 😦

    Brave New World, 1984, Handmaid’s Tale and Hunger Games are seriously awesome tho.
    I particularly like the series based on the handmaid’s tale. It’s even better than the book! So much more details…

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    1. I can understand about Blade Runner. Many people have mixed feelings about and our tastes change quite a bit over time. At least mine do haha.

      And I agree that The Handmaid’s Tale series def gives the book (also outstanding) a run for its money. I cannot wait for season 2!

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  5. Love the dystopia genre! And you’ve got a lot of my favorites up there in your collages πŸ™‚ Funny story, I spent several months last year tracking down all the Picador covers of Cormac McCarthy novels (the one you used for The Road) because I just happened to own a couple and loved how they look! That’s the first time I’ve seen another blogger use that edition. And I saw you included the original Mad Max…what did you think of MM: Fury Road?

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      1. Sorry to jump in here guys but I saw a mention of Mad Max: Fury Road. πŸ™‚ I was initially a little disappointed with it, thinking I still liked the Road Warrior more, but upon a rewatch I really appreciated it more. The mayhem is so over the top and it’s amazing to me no one died filming it lol! Crazy… that movie would be fun to watch with a bunch of people at a book con or something. Are dystopia cons a thing? We need some of those… πŸ™‚

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        1. OMG! A dystopia con could totally have my money πŸ˜› I am so down for that idea. I think maybe Walker Stalker Con is the closest I have seen.

          I saw Fury Road in the theater and fell in love haha. The over the top action combined with the big screen and excessively loud scenes was insanely fun! In fact, I may rewatch this weekend πŸ˜‰

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          1. I saw a thing for Malice Domestic, the mystery con, and it got me thinking why don’t we have dystopia or post apoc cons lol? they could take my money too! And ha ha I need to rewatch Fury too. I love the mayhem!

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  6. I need dystopia in small doses, but I do really enjoy the genre! You mentioned a few of my all time favorites there… The Road, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Brave New World, The Hunger Games… I liked the Children Of Men book as well. I’m always curious to see how characters survive in a dystopian world; simply fascinating. Station Eleven was my most recent dystopian read and I loved that one! Other favorites of mine are A Darker Shade Of Magic, This Savage Song, Bird Box, The Girl With All The Gifts, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, The Murder Complex, The Lunar Chronicles, Angelfall, Unwind, I Am Legend, Shadow And Bone… Does it show I checked my goodreads shelf? xD I guess I read a lot of YA dystopia haha.

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  7. I have to be in the right mood for dystopia. I love how it challenges what we know and what our expectations for the future are. However, if I’m not emotionally buoyed by something, well, reading dystopia can often lead me down a path of sad Jackie. Which I try to avoid. πŸ˜‰ I don’t like super dark dystopia, but something which feels a bit more like speculative fiction. Does that make sense? Never Let Me Go is a strong example of that.

    One of my favorite dystopian novels which isn’t listed above is The Giver. This was my first introduction to the genre as a child. I was enamored from that moment on!

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    1. Oh I do love the Giver! I have the quartet here and even enjoyed the film (which I just watched).

      Speculative Fiction is fantastic! I always struggle with that label though as it seems so broad. I think a lot would include most of Orwell and Bradbury’s work in that category. It is definitely a rewarding are to explore in books and films. I always enjoy alternative settings πŸ˜‰ I will have to look up Never Let Me Go!

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      1. I haven’t read the rest of the Giver Quartet. I am a bit nervous that they remaining novels will remove the rose-colored glasses from my eyes about one of my favorite novels. πŸ˜€ Do you enjoy the rest of the books in the series?

        I agree that it’s a bit too broad. There is a wonderful introduction to my copy of Fahrenheit 451 written by Neil Gaiman which explains the difference between speculative fiction and science fiction. Basically, science fiction uses science to explore new concepts and potential futures. Speculative fiction merely asks a question and follows it to the author’s logical conclusion. So, with this definition Fahrenheit 451 is speculative fiction. It asks the question “What would happen if reading and books were illegal?” You are spot on about Bradbury’s writing being Speculative in most cases. Often the lines between these genres are blurred due to where the authors take both genres. Their questions or explorations often poke into different genres. It’s really quite fascinating once you stop to think about it.

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        1. I think that 1984 and A Clockwork Orange could also be classified as speculative.. although the latter half of Clockwork might lean towards scifi. I would love to read the intro by Gaiman. Need to look it up!

          I have not read the remaining quartet yet. I was just telling Liis I may do a reread and then read straight through. To be honest, I have some of the same hesitation you do. I do not see much in terms of the later books. Do you?

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          1. I am with you on 1984 being speculative fiction, for sure. I haven’t read A Clockwork Orange. I tried once; it got too violent for me. I had to stop. O_o

            I haven’t seen a lot about The Giver Quartet around, but I think that has to do with the fact that The Giver won the 1994 Newbery but the other books were published in 2000, 2004, and 2012 respectively. There is a pretty big generational gap between those books. Particularly since I wonder if The Giver is commonly taught in schools? I know that I read it in school, but it was also a Newbery winner when I was in elementary…

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            1. I understand about Clockwork. It is one of my faborites but super violent. Not for everyone. There are elements in the end that I do not exactly consider science fiction, but see how it might be lumped in.

              The Giver is not part of curriculum here. But I would love to see it included! The gaps are interesting. I wonder why, but then look at some fantasy authors.. *cough cough GRRM* πŸ˜‰

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  8. I love dystopians, never get tired of ’em. Logan’s Run (the movie) is a guilty pleasure of mine, in fact your recent post on that has inspired to rewatch it and review at some point. Blade Runner is a favorite, mainly for the atmosphere (it’s a bit weird lol)and Soylent Green is another good one (that ending kills me). I’ve always been a fan of the Road warrior too (Mad Max didn’t do as much for me). This is an awesome list. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh make sure to let me know when you review! I would love to link it here on the blog! I think Beyond Thunder Dome may be my favorite.. I have not decided. I enjoyed them all. The funny thing about Soylent Green is that when I finally got the nonhubs to sit down and watch it, he fell asleep right before the big reveal! I was so furious with him hahaha.

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      1. That’s funny, although I do think Soylent Green is a little slow- moving? In that 70’s way? If the whole movie was as exciting as the last 10 minutes or so I think it’s be awesome! And I’ve never seen all of Thunderdome? Just pieces of it I think.

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  9. ahhh… this post made me open up my Netflix and see what was available… apart from what I’ve seen and love (Matrix, Mad Max for example) I only managed to add The Road to watch… but I feel, as per the norm, like I should read the book first! πŸ˜€

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  10. Love this post! What is it about dystopian worlds that have us flocking to them? I wonder if it has to do with the idea that things could always been worse… maybe we should be grateful we don’t live in one of those worlds lol

    I’ve read The Hunger Games, Fahrenheit 451, and The Handmaid’s Tale, all of which I’ve enjoyed. The Road and 1984 are high up on my TBR!

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    1. Oh I cannot recommend the Road and 1984 enough. I will say though, that with 1984 be prepared for a very slow and bleak read. It is a significant and rewarding one, but hard for some.

      I am always drawn to dystopia because of the unique perspectives it provides of humanity. Nothing reveals our core truths like removing all comforts and placing us in survival mode πŸ˜‰

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      1. Yes! Off the top of my head:

        1984
        The Handmaid’s Tale
        The Drowned World
        The Passage
        Children of Men
        Munich
        Brave New World
        Station Eleven
        When She Woke
        The Time Machine
        Memoirs of a Survivor
        Darkness At Noon
        High Rise
        Never Let Me Go

        It’s such an interesting course!

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  11. I’m not a fan of dystopian books, except the Hunger Games, but I love me dystopian movies. Matrix! Yes! And omg, it’s been a while since I’ve seen someone mention Soylent Green. That’s a movie I’ll never forget.

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    1. I adore The Hunger Games! But I admit, dystopia is even more fun on film when done right πŸ˜‰ I am a sucker for those made between the 60s and 80s I think. I love the scifi elements and kitschy vibe. Good stuff! Do you have a favorite film and did you enjoy the Hunger Game films?

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      1. The Matrix is probably my fav. I was so hooked on it back in the day n wanted a long trench coat like Neal n a full leather outfit like Trinity.
        I like the Hunger Games movie, but I really prefer the books.

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  12. Ah yes I *love* dystopian books!! 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are a couple of my all time favourite books!! And the road and hunger games are great πŸ˜€ I definitely want to read Scythe and do androids dream of electric sheep. And the matrix, v for vendetta (have you read the graphic novel btw?) and children of men are all amazing films πŸ˜€

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