As we approach the end of 2016 and leave the Christmas (and other holidays) season behind us, we look to next year with light in our eyes and hope in our hearts. Next year will be better. I feel this hope in myself and I see it in many of the people around me. We must have hope.
This hope is one reason I read books. Books are magic that takes me away from my own troubles so I can read about places, people, and their problems. In books, problems are necessary for the plot structure and honestly it’s the same for life. I know I have plenty of plot going on in my own life, so I need to escape for a bit. 😉
Dystopian books, in particular, have a lot of problems for its characters. Like, a lot. If you think you’ve never read a dystopian novel, you are probably wrong. Dystopian themes can be found in almost every other genre. Do you have a favorite dystopian book or author? Put it in the comments and maybe we’ll all find a new favorite!
One definition of dystopian: “An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.”
Many authors write dystopian books to show how they are feeling politically, although this is not always the case. Either way, some things in this definition can definitely be found in real life.
I’ll be chatting with some authors about this theme at the Ozark Indie Book Fest next year as I’ll be moderating our “Dystopian Panel!” Check out the Ozark Indie Book Fest website for more information, but I hope to see you there! Be sure to purchase your table soon if you plan on coming! Prices go UP after December 30th!