Today after classes I stayed in the library researching for my top-three zine themes (still have to choose which one I will go for though!). I was trying to figure out which one has the highest rate of research possibilities (i.e. how many books can I find on the subject? Any related articles? Any movies or documentaries I can watch? Can I interview people..). One of my ideas is to focus on the dystopian representation of the future in literature and in movies. I think it has become more and more popular over the last decades to imagine an obscure and unpleasant future in which either natural, or political or social circumstances put humanity in a state of fear and insecurity. There are many well-known examples we can find in literature: Aldous Huxley’s “Brave new world”, “1984” by George Orwell, and many others. Numerous recent science fiction films are focusing on this dystopian idea as well. One of the latest mass phenomenon must-see movies to represent a negative future is The Hunger Games Series, which I am a great fan of. In fact some may argue “Panem” (The world the Hunger Games are set in) is not a dystopian depiction of future, much more it has to read as a social allegory of the world we are living in today.
While I was looking for any articles talking about dystopia in the Hunger Games I came across this blog article which I personally enjoyed reading and found some interesting connections and comparisons between The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga and The Chronicles of Narnia (all books/movies I love!). Check it out if you are a epic-/fantasy-/adventure- geek as well 😉
P.S.: I literally CAN’ T WAIT for The Mockingjay Part I to be released!!!