Dystopian Fiction. We’re all familiar with this term since since Suzanne Collin’s ‘ The Hunger Games ‘ trilogy and Hugh Howey’s extraordinarily successful novel, ‘Wool’ has catapulted this subgenre into mainstream fiction. But, is dystopian fad or fab?
I’m not sure exactly when vampires became the ‘in’ thing. Maybe it was before a particular book emerged, but you can’t deny that the release of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight trilogy (four books actually), made vampire love hot. What happened after was that books with similar subject matter flooded the market. New authors were keen to jump on the tsunami of success that these other authors had created. Not only that, but a string of television shows appeared; from the Vampire Diaries to True Blood; both adapted from novels. But has the genre now run its course?
Back to dystopian fiction and tales of grim futures are everywhere; in books, films and TV shows. But is this genre really here to stay? I hope it is. One thing I really love is science fiction TV and films. I particularly enjoy stories about our not-so-distant future.
Countless discussions and blog posts on everything ‘Dystopia’ tells me that the subgenre is not going away yet. I found many articles online but this one from Pop Matters caught my eye. They’re discussing the rise of popular YA fiction such as ‘The Hunger Games’. Personally, what I like about that trilogy is that it crosses over into adult reading extremely well. I’ve read book 1 and 2 in the trilogy and it’s one of my favourite dystopian books so far.
So what do you think of dystopian fiction?
Maybe you’re not a fan of Science Fiction; has the rise of Dystopia turned you on to Science Fiction as a genre?
P.S. I have released a second edition of Becoming Human on Amazon and Smashwords.
For those of you, who’ve already read the first edition, no need to panic. The new edition is essentially the same, but I have addressed some structural issues of the first book that were highlighted to me.
The new version has not yet filtered through to Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Sony etc…, so if you’re going to pick up a copy, play it safe and buy it from the links I’ve provided below.