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Why dystopia?

16/07/2016

Lately I’ve been questioning why I decided to blog about dystopian books, and wondering why I still do. In moments of complete tiredness, when all rational thoughts have been lost to the day, I think about stopping blogging, or at least changing what I blog about. This summer Delve into Dystopia will be three years old, but my life has evolved over the last three years, and with it my passions and interests. So many times I consider changing it to a different topic, but then I realise there’s nothing else I would want to write about – for me dystopia isn’t just about the genre of books, but about life as a whole including reading, writing, shopping, styling and eating.

Dystopia isn't just the books we read or the movies we watch, it's in day to day life and how we  shop, eat, think and act...

 

For as long as I can remember my life has been filled with a sense of ethics. My mum has always taught me to be aware of where I buy products from, to where possible buy Fairtrade and to be an ethical consumer, as far as the modern world and limited money will allow me. I always aim to buy products that will last and set me up for life (or at least for many years to come) like from Scaramanga, whose bags are made from ethically sourced materials and last a lifetime if treated with love. It’s these small things that help to prevent sweatshops and an abuse of human rights which could lead on to a dystopia – this is how I make the connection between dystopian books and general lifestyle. 

 

Dystopia isn't just the books we read or the movies we watch, it's in day to day life and how we  shop, eat, think and act...

 

Food is a big love of mine – I follow a plant based diet free from dairy, refined sugar and yeast, and a reduced amount of gluten, and fill my life with wholegrains, fruit and vegetables. It might sound boring to some, but for me it’s opened up a whole new world of food – from raw cacao, to the simplicity and incredibleness (is that a word?) of oats. You might have seen before on Delve into Dystopia, or on my Instagram, that I’m a sucker for snacks that compliment my way of eating from companies like Aduna, Creative Nature, Ombar and more. All of these brands support ethical ways of living and use ingredients from places that pay a fair wage to its workers. 

 

Dystopia isn't just the books we read or the movies we watch, it's in day to day life and how we  shop, eat, think and act...

 

Writing and reading aren’t so much about preventing a dystopia in the way people are treated, but in the way we treat ourselves. I know so many people (including myself) who are able to help their mental health massively through reading and writing. What works for me won’t necessarily work for others, but finding time in my day to switch off and either absorb myself in a book or allow my creativity to take over and write, really helps my anxiety to settle. It can be anything from short stories to one liners, or sometimes even just writing a list helps me – if I can get my thoughts onto paper, then it stops my mind racing because those thoughts aren’t swirling around my head anymore. A happier mind does prevent a dystopia from happening inside us, and surely that’s the worst dystopia of all – the one that we are consumed by and can’t seem to escape because it’s always with us. 

So that’s why I continue to talk about dystopia, because it’s my whole life – it’s everything from what I read, watch, buy, eat and do. Dystopia isn’t just the society around us, it’s our everyday lives and daily battles.

5 Comments

  • Jerrold Teteak 28/08/2016 at 10:24 am

    And, while dystopian novels are depressing, there’s a certain “rightness” in reading about a future that’s negative. Why? Because we know that politicians, military people and corporate moguls are capable of doing awful things — meaning dystopian novels feel kind of honest.

  • Lucy Powrie @ Queen of Contemporary 17/07/2016 at 10:26 pm

    I absolutely adore this post – I love how your passion comes across in it. We all doubt ourselves – I know I do a *lot* when it comes to blogging and reading and I can totally relate to having changed since you started your blog. I was 12 too when I started mine and I am a completely different person but I think it’s important to remember that it’s okay to evolve and change your blog as you change yourself.
    I love the pictures too!!

    • Jess | Delve into Dystopia 18/07/2016 at 9:06 am

      Awww thank you sooo much! This made my day! I’ve only just got the hang of promoting my blog too – before when I wasn’t tweeting much and sharing my content, I always wondered why no one was reading it and felt disheartened. Now though, I’m writing posts I actually want to write, not what I feel I should be writing and am getting the hand of publicising it. I’ve finally got my blog to the place that feels true to me and I think that’s partly come with finishing secondary school and being able to focus on ME not exams!!
      Yeah, I totally agree – I’ve loved watching how your blog has evolved and how beautiful it looks now and how far your writing has come on – you’re one of my favourite bloggers, so for you to comment means sooo much! Thank you – I use my instagram photos for my blog posts, it’s so much easier that way! xx

  • Emily 16/07/2016 at 6:36 pm

    It’s so strange reading this post as it’s like I’ve written it! Love your insight in both dystopian fiction and general lifestyle issues, and I too have found myself questioning why I blog every now and again…but then I watch a great movie or read a great book and feel a desperate need to write about it. Once my thoughts have been published I realise that it’s the absolute best platform for discussion, inspiration and is also incredibly cathartic. It’s hard to motivate oneself sometimes but ultimately you have created a strong body of work that will undoubtely have helped make you a better writer, reader and critic in the long run. Well done and keep up the great work 🙂

    • Jess | Delve into Dystopia 18/07/2016 at 8:59 am

      Thank you so much! This is so great to hear, I always worry no one is reading or enjoying my posts, so this really does mean a lot. Totally agree with the whole publishing your thoughts – I always feel so much better once my words are out there and I can share my passion with other people. Thank you so much, you too! xx

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