Wednesday, April 17, 2013

You might live in a real-life Dystopia if:

-You suspect there are moles among you at work waiting to turn you in for almost anything
-Your leaders/governors/etc are making laws that infringe on our rights and the people around you are too scared/stupid to do anything about it
-There are murmurings of rebellion
-You find it hard to trust people 
-Smart people are on a decline
-Weapons are outlawed
-Criminals seem to always have weapons
-While there are people in your country starving, the ruling class seems to have an abundance of food/supplies/money
-You have minimal control over your own health/money/personhood
-Propoganda is the main form of news
-The main form of entertainment is propaganda
-You send your children to a school that is nothing like the school you remember as a child
-You worry about your child's future
-Your climate seems to be changing at an amazing pace
-Your food is 95% Genetically engineered
-You speculate the water has been tampered with
-Children no longer play on the streets/parks/outdoors
-Common holidays are no longer celebrated/advertised
-You watch what you say for fear of reprimand
-Everyone speaks in whispers 
-Your word processor doesn't identify "Dystopia" as a real word 
-A total social collapse is welcomed by the majority of the population (Zombie Apacalypse) 

"Dystopias are often characterized by dehumanization, totalitarian governments, environmental disaster, or other characteristics associated with a cataclysmic decline in society. Elements of dystopias may vary from environmental to political and social issues. Dystopian societies have culminated in a broad series of sub-genres of fiction and are often used to raise real-world issues regarding society, environment, politics, religion, psychology, spirituality, or technology that may become present in the future. For this reason, dystopias have taken the form of a multitude of speculations, such as pollution, poverty, societal collapse, political repression, or totalitarianism." (Thank you Wikipedia)

Why is Dystopian fiction not dead?

Because we live in a Dystopian society.

Did I miss anything? Comment below.

(Image Sources: via Nathaniel on Pinterest; via Kate on Pinterest)


  1. "Smart people are on a decline."

    This explains, of course, how there can be a fascination with reality television.

    1. Dear Lord, I am not a fan of reality TV...

  2. Dystopian Fiction, eh? . . . Sounds like fun. I might try writing some of that.