PROJECTOR NO.7: THE DARK REALITY OF DYSTOPIAN MOVIES AND NOVELS
Welcome to another edition of PROJECTOR! Since we are just one month away from the world release of the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” in the theaters, I’ve decided to make this chronicle. The dystopian novels are now gathering more fans after the huge success of “The Hunger Games”. Whether you are a teenager or a grown-up you’ve probably already watched or read a story about a society involved in fear, inequality and poverty. Dystopian novels are about rebellion and hope in the middle of an oligarchy. I invite you therefore to read this chronicle about these amazing stories that are conquering the audience worldwide. Welcome to PROJECTOR!
This weekend, I’ve finally finished reading George Orwell’s “1984” and I was amazed and terrified with what was happening page after page (You can check out my opinion about the book in the first edition of “Besides Movies” by clicking here). George Orwell presented a dark reality about a society surrounded by fear and oppression. Novels like this one are truly addicting since the reader is discovering not just a mere history but also a terrifying reality endangered with an imminent rebellion.
Dystopian novels are about suffering and dictatorship, like in “The Hunger Games” where the districts were roughly controlled by the Capitol. These novels are addicting because they create in the reader a sense of rivalry against the person or the organization in full control. The reader wishes for an imminent rebellion and for a political defeat, because in the middle of that twisted reality we want to believe that there’s still hope.
In a real world with several problems regarding political relations and economic crisis in several countries, these dystopian stories despite being fiction are sometimes terrifying because it’s still possible for those bad things to happen. Wars, poverty and inequality change the society and the wish of a better world is far from being fulfilled. A government controlled society as the one we read about in Orwell’s novel is unfortunately a terrifying possible reality.
Dystopian stories, if well written, are a great way to influence the society’s opinion regarding some important political aspects. Some of these stories are warnings to prevent awful things from happening in the real world.
The hierarchical division of society and the inequality in good’s distribution are topics that are regularly mention in dystopian stories as way to trigger a revolution, since some of the main characters in these novels are often treated as heroes. Perhaps what I enjoyed the most about Orwell’s novel was precisely the fact that Winston (the main character) was a common man and was never treated differently.
The dark reality of these novels is scary because after reading about it and if it’s possible to be real (like in “1984”) we start to feel that some changes or curious events into today’s political subjects can be the trigger to a rough change in the politics and the beginning of a new dictatorship. Most of the times, these are just mere feelings and thoughts but with the several scandals regarding NSA surveillance or the economic disadvantages in developed countries, people are starting to realize that the equal society we dreamed of his far from being conceivable.
The dream of an equal society is the one of the main things that maintains hope in our hearts and minds. We know that there will be always those who will crush dreams like this but novels like “The Hunger Games” and “1984”are great to make you believe that revolution is still possible.
“Divergent”, the cinematographic adaptation of Veronica Roth’s novel, is the next dystopian story reaching the theaters worldwide looking a bit like “The Hunger Games” but that still possess a 4.3 average rating in Goodreads (I am currently reading it so I am not capable yet to talk much about it).
So, if you haven’t tried yet to read a dystopian novel I feel obliged to advise you to do it. These novels have regularly lots of action and are great to those who seek for a more interesting story.