Article VO : What's Your Favorite Literary Dystopia


Cette question est posée par le site SF a de nombreux auteurs. Voici la réponse de John Jospeh Adams (auteur, entre autres, de The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes) :
I hate to go old school and obvious on you here, but I'm going to have to go with either Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury or 1984 by George Orwell. Although both books are more than five decades old, they hold up remarkably well and are gripping reads. I think the greatest disservice one can do these books, however, is to assign them in English class; I don't know about you, but every book that I was ever forced to read-and thus was considered Good For You-automatically became a drag. That actually happened to me with Fahrenheit 451, and when I read it in school (probably 8th or 9thgrade), I didn't like it, probably because the teacher had me hunting around for trivia in each chapter to answer the stupid study questions. (How's that for a dystopia: a world where oppressive rulers take all the joy out of reading!) Luckily, I later decided to give F451 another shot and devoured it in a single sitting.

In a cage match between F451 and 1984, I'd have to give the edge to 1984, mainly, I'd say because it's a more complete dystopia, and also the ending is both astonishing and yet somehow also inevitable. Both are amazing works, though, and easily in the top ten of my favorite works of fiction of all time.

Normally, I'd also mention some short stories when asked a question like this, but since I just edited an anthology of dystopian fiction - Brave New Worlds - I think that can answer the question for me. The book contains 33 of the finest examples of dystopian short fiction, and also has a "for further reading" appendix where you can find other examples of dystopian literature

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Priscilla Duran-Mulas
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