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Dystopian Fiction

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 29yrs • M •
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Dystopian Fiction
So I just finished my English AS level course. (British Exams for age 16-17) The main content was dystopian literature.
I was just wondering what everyone's favourite novel of this genre was?
Mine is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.
As I speak Russian and English, I found this a truly witty and enticing read.

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 35yrs • M •
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Thats cool

it has russian slang in it right? i love that movie.

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 29yrs • M •
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I too am a big fan of Orwell, and I know that Burgess was influenced greatly by his work, but I still prefer ACO because of it's dark humour. It doesn't take itself too seriously.

And Timeless1 yes, Burgess designed his "nadsat" (which is Russian for teenager) to subliminally teach his readers the basis of Russian.
There is no Russian slang in there but interestingly there are elements of Elizabethan English and Cockney Rhyming slang.

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 38yrs • M •
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Hi there TheHollowMen275 (by the way is your name a reference to something?). I too have a great interest in dystopian fiction and I have to say like most fans I think 1984 was the starting point for that (it is the daddy!). The usual next one that people cite is A Brave New World. The most shocking thing about that one is when it was written and how we may have to deal with many of the selective genetics issues raised by the book. If you're interested I have a few recommendations for you. Firstly most anything by Philip K Dick, notably Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (this is the book the film Blade Runner was based on but bares very little similarity to it, both are very good though.) and Dr Bloodmoney. Also I've just read Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison (I know, I know it sound like a fake name) a dystopian fiction about overpopulation.

After you've had your fill of Dystopian fiction I hope you'll do what I did and move to Utopian literature. I should explain, I'm a psychologist and I spend a lot of time thinking about society and how we can build a better world, which you generally can't. Any attempt to create a Utopia on a large scale has generally lead to horrible atrocities. Anyway a boy can dream. Books in this area I can recommend are Utopia by Thomas Moore (I think maybe my favourite book), Plato's republic (still need to go back and finish it, I've cited it in so many arguments I should probably read it all the way though) and Walden 2 by B F Skinner (the daddy of behavioural psychology. Can't write fiction for shit but some darn good ideas, if a little scary and over controlling).

I could talk about this area for hours (this is one area that I'm truly high-end nerd about) but I'm meant to be working at the moment so should probably leave it there.


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 29yrs • M •
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My name is a reference to my favourite poem, by T.S Eliot called The Wasteland. Thanks for the recommendations I'll definitely check them out when i've finished my reading list for the summer.
I was wondering on your take on the ambiguity of the word "Utopia," whether you think it means "good place" or "not a place" i.e unexistance. Considering supposedly Moore intentionally entitled the book with this word he invented for the ambiguity.
Utopian literature isn't really my cup of tea im afraid, and right now i'm focusing alot more on Russian literature anyway.

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