The Question of the Week is posted every Sunday and will consist of a question followed by my answer and explanation to the same. Some questions will only require a simple answer that could potentially be followed by an explanation. Many questions will be writer oriented, but not all. Everyone is encouraged to answer in the comments and discussions/follow up questions are more than welcome!
What’s your favorite dystopian narrative?
More than anything now I want to write a meta about how closely Final Fantasy VII aligns with current society (which was a major conclusion in “The Seventh Is the Darkest”), and I thought this prior to the US election. Stories, no matter their media, serve as mirrors to our culture in addition to warnings. This is just one of the many reasons FFVII is my favorite game and story, and while I sure as hell don’t want to live in that world, I can’t deny it’s my favorite dystopia. Environment destruction, government corruption, lack of bioethics, gross (and in game physically manifested) disparities between the rich and poor, amongst other things are blatantly displayed and sadly ignored as significant due to video games being considered bastard media by a good portion of the population
Second place goes to Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, another narrative that is disturbingly close to our reality. Glorification of violence for the sake of the show and the sacrifice of the future (children) as a form of systematic terrorism.
What’s your favorite dystopian narrative? What about it draws you? What about it reminds you of something in society/culture?
I look forward to your answers in the comments!