Novels in the Time of Dystopia

January 26, 2017 0 By Shanutopia

There are some news stories circulating that say Orwell’s 1984 is trending on Amazon and that publishers are having to print more books to keep up with demand (one story is here). Whilst 1984 is one of my favourite books, I view it as a companion to  Huxley’s Brave New World, kind of like two ends of a spectrum. I started reading Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman which contrasts the two, but alas it fell victim to my unfocused reading habits in 2016 and I have yet to pick it up again.

The Guardian has published a story today on dystopian novels that compare more accurately to the Trump era instead of 1984. If you don’t want to read the article, in short the suggestions are:

Dystopia is an unusual genre, and while it can be depressing it always felt like it was a fiction that could never happen. That feeling seems to be changing from ‘what if’ to ‘what now?’ In addition to The Guardian’s choices, I would include a few additional books that conform to the dystopia, militarism and xenophobia genres:

I can’t say that I’ll be reading much dystopia in the near future as it’s too close to current events. Is that a mistake given that we must fight against totalitarianism in all its forms? Should I keep close to it so I can fight against it? I’ll keep this in mind as 2017 marches on and see if I should change my thinking.