Some say we read this less-than-uplifting genre because we feel relieved that we could never experience these corrupt regimes. I disagree! If done well, dystopian writing can really get under your skin… It offers the remote chance that we could actually be glimpsing our future. Many 0ther genres negate the realism that great dystopias present; The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood depicts this perfectly as the lead character has lived in our safe democratic society, but experiences the transition to a totalitarianism society where women are kept for breeding and domestic chores. This really got to me due to the warnings it gives, and the realisation of how precarious our society really is – a broken world that is actually not so dissimilar from our own makes me a little more appreciative!
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