I like that Top Ten Tuesday gives me such flexibility in choosing my topic. It’s just the right amount of structure to keep me from getting stuck with a question I can’t answer (a debate which occasionally flares up at the Friday Five). I only read a few specific genres (Catholic/religion and YA), but I already write my ACNM column mostly on Catholic books, and YA has so many subgenres. I do love some dystopia, though.
Top Ten Dystopias
- The Hunger Games: Duh. The premise is based on a dystopian United States. It’s a no-brainer. It’s also just futuristic enough to be not too far from reality, I fear.
- The Giver: Also duh. I think I learned what a dystopia was from this book. It’s definitely more far-fetched than The Hunger Games, but it holds a special place in my heart. It even made my top five.
- A Canticle for Leibowitz: I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. It takes dystopia to a while different level by making it span the course of centuries. That’s a nice change from the ordinary (which, for me, is YA).
- Feed: Now, back to the YA. This is the most technology-driven of my favorite dystopias, one in which an ad-driven Internet feed is implanted in people’s skulls. Not even your dreams are safe from ads and the government.
- “The Euphio Question”: This one’s cheating a little bit since its a short story and not a novel. The ending is my favorite part, though, since it has such a unique ending. Constant happiness through constant technology is not always the answer.
- Now I’m stretching even further since I can’t rennet the title of this short story, but it was one in which people could get as much free sweets and ice cream as they wanted, then use free booths to suck away all the fat and extra weight. They got a tiny blue mark on their wrist each time, though, and the protagonist speculated that it was to distinguish between who had self-control and who didn’t. Creepy.
Well, I’m four short, but that’s all I’ve got for today. Clearly this means I need to catch up in my personal and ACNM reading so I can squeeze in some more genre fiction.