Fury Road and the Optimism of Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Stories

Brad Bird, director of the film Tomorrowland (as well as The Incredibles and Ratatouille) did some complaining in interviews recently about the popularity of post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories. Here is part of what he said in an interview with Wired Magazine: "At one time the future was consistently presented as this bright thing where all … Continue reading Fury Road and the Optimism of Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Stories

5 Things That Bug Me About Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Fiction

Dealing with some family issues so I have no time to write something new this week. I am reaching into the archives and reblogging this post. Hope you enjoy and that I’m able to post something brand new next week!

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First, let’s define post-apocalyptic and dystopian:

Post-apocalyptic refers to a work of fiction that deals with a global disaster so profound there are few survivors. It may include a period of time leading up to the disaster, or it can take place years afterwards, but mostly it’s about the immediate after-effects of a disaster–war, environmental disaster, plague. The disaster can have a fantastical element, like zombies or vampires, or a sci-fi one, like an alien invasion.

Dystopian usually takes place far into the future. It may be post-apocalyptic or not. Society has in some way changed profoundly, most noticeably the system of government.

There is some disagreement over the definition of dystopian. Some believe it should only be defined as societies where people believe they are living in an ideal society, when in truth it has some oppressive or horrific element to it.

I think it’s O.K. to…

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My Review of the Movie Divergent, Where I Don’t Compare it to That OTHER Franchise

MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW FOR THE MOVIE DIVERGENT: There was once an episode of All in the Family where Edith was recounting the story of how she hit a car with a can of cling peaches (in heavy syrup). Archie got so sick of hearing her say cling peaches, Edith began replacing the words with "Mmm-Mmm." … Continue reading My Review of the Movie Divergent, Where I Don’t Compare it to That OTHER Franchise

Why Allegiant by Veronica Roth Didn’t Work For Me—It’s Not The Reason You Think

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK ALLEGIANT BY VERONICA ROTH—PLEASE STOP HERE IF YOU PLAN TO READ IT. Another week, another fandom meltdown. In some ways it’s justified. In others, not so much. The biggest controversy over Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the final book in the young adult dystopian series that started with the … Continue reading Why Allegiant by Veronica Roth Didn’t Work For Me—It’s Not The Reason You Think