I agree with your argument that popular culture is favoring dystopian works over utopian works. If you asked almost any young adult today to name a novel that features a society that is different than our own, the majority would answer with works such as The Hunger Games or Divergent or The Maze Runner which all take place in obviously dystopian societies.
However, I have to disagree with you on the reason for the rise of dystopia. In your piece, you argued that this rise was due to increased pessimism in today’s world and the belief that a perfect world could never be achieved. While I cannot say whether this statement is true, I do have my own differing ideas on why dystopian works are rising in popularity.
In many utopian works, there is a lack of a true plot. In most perfect societies, there is no conflict, and conflict is the main technique by which authors capture the interest of their readers. So, utopian works, like Thomas More’s Utopia, can only describe a society. Readers are not able to form connections with characters because any characters would not experience conflict or any type of emotional turmoil. When readers feel that they can emphasize with characters, they develop a stronger connection with the book and want to keep reading. In dystopian works, conflict occurs much more readily. In a society in which the main character or characters must fight to stay alive and experience a wide range of emotions, readers become much more invested in the work and form a connection with a character or characters which compels them to keep reading.
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