what is a dystopian novel anyways?

give me some explanation and any topic i could go with, PLEASE <3


IF YOU CAN, give me some topic i could use. I'm going to write a dystopian novel, that's why. my imagination's lost.

7 Answers

  • pibe
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    The utopia and its offshoot, the dystopia, are genres of literature that explore social and political structures. Utopian fiction is the creation of an ideal world, or utopia, as the setting for a novel. Dystopian fiction is the opposite: creation of a nightmare world, or dystopia, where utopian ideals have been subverted. Many novels combine both, often as a metaphor for the different directions humanity can take in its choices, ending up with one of two possible futures. Both utopias and dystopias are commonly found in science fiction and other speculative fiction genres.

    Dystopias usually extrapolate elements of contemporary society and function as a warning against some modern trend, often the threat of oppressive regimes in one form or another.


    * Louisa May Alcott - "Transcendental Wild Oats" (1873)

    * Isaac Asimov - Foundation and Earth in Part IV: Solaria (1986)

    * Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale (1986) and Oryx and Crake (2003)

    * Paul Auster - In the Country of Last Things (1987)

    * J.G. Ballard - The Drowned World (1962), The Burning World (1964), Crash (1973), High Rise (1975), and others

    * Max Barry - Jennifer Government (2003)

    * Karin Boye - Kallocain (1940)

    * Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 (1953)

    * Katharine Burdekin - Swastika Night (1937)

    * Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange (1962)

    * Karel Čapek - War with the Newts (1936)

    * John Carpenter - Escape from New York (1981), Escape from L.A. (1996)

    * James De Mille - A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (1888)

    * Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968), The Man in the High Castle (1962) and The Unteleported Man (1966)

    * Anna Bowman Dodd, The Republic of the Future (1887)

    * Ignatius Donnelly, Caesar's Column (1890)

    * Harlan Ellison - ""Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman" (1965)

    * Ben Elton - Gridlock (1991), This Other Eden (1993), Blind Faith (2007)

    * Isamu Fukui - Truancy (2008)

    * William Gibson - Sprawl trilogy (1984-1988), Burning Chrome (1986), Bridge trilogy (1993-1999)

    * Harry Harrison - Make Room! Make Room! (1966)

    * Aldous Huxley - Brave New World (1932)

    * Kazuo Ishiguro - Never Let Me Go (2005)

    * P. D. James - The Children of Men (1992)

    * Stephen King - The Running Man (1982)

    * Arthur Koestler - Darkness at Noon (1940)

    * Cyril M. Kornbluth - "The Marching Morons" (1951)

    * Ira Levin - This Perfect Day (1974)

    * Jack London - The Iron Heel (1908)

    * Lois Lowry - The Giver (1993)

    * Cormac McCarthy - The Road (2006)

    * Suzy McKee Charnas - series The Holdfast Chronicles

    * Alan Moore and David Lloyd - V for Vendetta (1982-1988)

    * William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson - Logan's Run (1967)

    * Garth Nix - Shade's Children (1998)

    * George Orwell - Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

    * Ayn Rand - Anthem (1938) and Atlas Shrugged (1957)

    * Kim Stanley Robinson - Three Californias: Gold Coast (1988)

    * John Twelve Hawks - The Traveler (2005)

    * Kurt Vonnegut - "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" (1953), "Harrison Bergeron" (1961)

    * Scott Westerfeld - The Uglies series (2005-2007)

    * Suzanne Weyn - The Bar Code Tattoo (2004), Bar Code Rebellion (2006)

    * D. Harlan Wilson - Dr. Identity (2007)

    * Yevgeny Zamyatin - We (1921)

  • Marti
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    A dystopian novel usually centers around a futuristic society that is believed to be "perfect" or "utopian" by its citizens, but realistically isn't. Some great examples are 1984 and Brave New World

  • mixter
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    A dystopian novel is one that portrays a bleak future, usually a totalitarian, dysfunctional, or post-apocalyptic one. The most famous example would be George Orwell's 1984. But it is a popular theme in fiction especially Sci-fi.

  • 4 years ago

    I'm not sick of them yet because I love dystopian books. It's just a phase, like vampires was. Peoples new favorite genre will change soon enough.

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  • its a vision opposite of a utopia, where the conditions are miserable- poverty, disease, pollution, and so on.

    some novels are Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Clockwork Orange, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.....

    Source(s): wikipedia
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its a novel about a society which is like a utopia, but is actually the opposite

    rather than the best possible place imaginable, it could be the worst


  • ptery
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    This is where the future is seen as worse than the present. As in the Terminator stories or Waterworld. Some catastrophic happening (A-bomb, famine, global warming, etc.) has devastated the Earth.

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