Nowadays, people are more interesting in a “dying world” but not a “perfect world”. This is what Sadie mentions, today’s society focuses more on creating dystopian works. The prosperity of dystopian works is an interesting phenomenon; it represents that people are losing their passion of imagine a perfect place—but why?
My answer of this question is that people usually have similar imaginations of utopia, but their ideas of dystopia are quite different.
How your utopia should be? What features it should have? Our answers are very similar: peace, freedom, human rights, equality, respect and enough resources. However, if we are asked to describe a dystopia, we have many different ideas. Even the past utopian works can be understanding as dystopian in today’s view: no freedom to choose jobs (More, Utopia), no chances to contact with the outside world (Gilman, Herland) and the carnage between two classes (Wells, Time Machine).
Utopia is just people’s imagination of a perfect world; it is too easy to be broken or become outdated. However, comparing with utopia, dystopia is more like the criticisms of the society and can point out some social issues. For instance, German movie The Wave reflects the dangerous dark side of human nature, and criticizes the negative effects of fascism, it also emphasizes the importance of environment and how the external environment affects people’s thoughts and behaviors. Dystopia is an alarm of current social issues, a criticize of the history and also the spark to inspire people’s introspecting.
Besides, dystopian works always contain some suspenseful plots and special effects (especial movies). These features make them accord with the needs of audiences and readers.
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