Friday, August 31

Why We Connect With Dystopian Literature

I'm continuing with the theme of introducing you to authors smarter than me tonight with a link to a post of Kim Vandel's. Kim is a YA AND Speculative author who blogs book reviews and writing craft thoughts. Back in July, Erynn introduced me to Kim's blog, and I must tell you, it is both fun and thoughtful.

I really enjoyed Kim's thoughts on dystopian lit and why it connects so strongly with teenagers (and adults). She says the genre is growing because readers want to believe that one person can make a difference in a dark, broken world, and I completely agree. I believe it's the reason dystopian lit never really disappears. In fact, the premise for my The Free and The Brave series is--One can save them all. Noah's introduction into Maddison's world, and his subsequent salvation, changes everything for an entire nation, and I hope readers will fall in love with my dystopian world and the characters that inhabit it.

Do you read dystopian lit? If so, why does it appeal to you?  And what is your favorite? (You can pick out a classic like 1984 or Brave New World or a new best-seller like The Hunger Games, Divergent, or Uglies.)


Anonymous said...

I agree with you about dystopians and why they are popular. Everyone, in their own way, is searching for hope. Dystopians always offer some form of hope, and not only that, they tell us that we--the people who feel unspecial and insignificant--can be a part of the change. We have power when we go against evil. That's a wonderful message and almost all dystopians have that as the main theme.

Now, as to left out the best one: The Giver! I still read it once a year. And I'm head over heels in love with Divergent right now, but I'll let you know in 2013 once I've read the third one.

Kim Vandel said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. (Although I'm not too sure about the "smarter" part.)I think you've found the heart of the matter--everyone wants a hero. Divergent tops my dystopian list right now, but I can't wait to read your series!

Charity said...

Jess, so glad we are on the same page! I love that you reread The Giver each year. I have to confess to not being such a big fan of it; the ending left me feeling bereft. However, it is beautiful in its own way. I think we're all obsessed with Divergent now. Let's see if VRoth can keep it up, I think she can :)

Kim, Aww thanks! My series is no Divergent, but I hope it'll find its own special place in your heart once it's out :)