Thomas More’s Utopia is now 500 years old, and I would argue it has not aged well. It is filled with sexism and slavery; it’s non-secular and has a strong hierarchical system. These traits wouldn’t pass today’s standards for a utopia. I think Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech or Charlotte Gilman’s Herland better reflect today's standards, although they are not perfect. People’s current views and beliefs have changed throughout time. Now we place greater value on love, technology, science, and the world is more accepting of differences than it was 500 years ago.
Nowadays society focuses on producing more dystopian texts than utopian ones, especially for young adults. As the years have gone on, fewer utopian books or even movies have been made and more dystopias have been created. It seems like people are more pessimistic about the future, due to the continuous failure to create or find a utopia.
To counter this trend I would write a utopian novel that corresponds to current views and standards. I think it is easier to write a dystopian book because naming problems is easier than thinking of a solution. Everyone finds it easy to complain about what doesn’t work but a lot do not even consider fixing the issues. I would write a utopia that is possible and yet still leaves room for change. It would highlight love, science, acceptance, and tolerance. It would focus less on a hierarchical society and more on a web of power, as described by the theorist Michel Foucault. My utopian story would comment on the pessimism of today’s society and shine a light on hope.
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