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The wild side of dystopias – my article on The Guardian

26/04/2015

Last week, we wrote a piece for The Guardian Children’s Book site all about how dystopian books can offer us a call to the wild in honour of their Eco themed week. Check it out and be sure to let us know what you think and if there is anything that you would like us to write about relating to YA dystopias. 

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/22/teen-opinion-how-dystopian-fiction-calls-me-to-the-wild-side

2 Comments

  • Megan 30/04/2015 at 6:56 pm

    This is a very interesting article. I've often noticed the use of technology in dystopian storytelling, but usually chalk it up to so many of them taking place in the future. Some dystopias, such as those present in Wall-E and Blade Runner, are notable because they ARE technological dystopias, which specifically use technology to control people. But the point about The Hunger Games really makes me think about how technology is portrayed in that world. Prior to this, I only thought of The Hunger Games as a political and social dystopia. However, technology is certainly at play in the world of The Hunger Games, as it is something that the citizens of outlier districts do not have. But this goes further. Technology is not only something citizens of poorer districts cannot access; it is something that is actively used AGAINST them. The Games themselves take place in arenas almost entirely devoid of technology apart from what the Capitol itself uses. Tributes are made to fight using old-world weapons such as swords, axes, spears, and bows and arrows. Using the Capitol's technology in the Games is highly frowned upon, as shown by the fact that Haymitch Abernathy's Games are never replayed on television because he took advantage of the arena's invisible wall. Technology is only meant for the Capitol as a way of controlling its citizens – it is not for general use. Most importantly, it is not open to Tributes in the Games, who are supposed to represent the sheer power of the Capitol. It is no wonder Katniss finds such comfort in the woods back in District 12, where she is outside the technological reach of the Capitol.

    • Delve into Dystopia 05/05/2015 at 7:59 am

      Thank you for your compliments! I hope you enjoyed the article. I completely agree, it's a very interesting topic which is explored in so many YA dystopias

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