Dystopian and utopian literature has been one of the most popular genres in entertainment for years. However, because of its breadth and diversity of forms, the dystopian and utopian genre may be difficult to classify at times. What exactly are dystopia and utopian fiction? What distinguishes it, and how can its continuing appeal be explained? This article will define dystopian fiction and utopian fiction, explain their purpose and function and give significant examples from many narrative genres.
Dystopian vs. Utopian
We've all watched films or read novels about how the world as we know it is going to end. Each case depicts a distinct technique of global dominance. In other instances, ray gun-wielding aliens with gigantic heads conquer the earth and install their giant insect-like queen on the White House throne. In others, prime-time television gradually brainwashes the world's people into becoming dull-witted slaves to evil multinational corporations. These novels and films all have one trait: they are all dystopias.
Simply put, a dystopia is a horrible place, a place where no one wants to live, a place where one's rights and liberties are taken away, and a place where the environment is destroyed. Dystopia originated from the Greek prefix "dys," which translates as "bad