I can’t help but get really annoyed when people say things like, “Oh, look another dystopian novel.”
Like, okay, but maybe we should address the fact that dystopian stories show up in times of extreme corruption? Dystopian stuff really booms when people feel like their lives are being controlled by boardrooms and moved around like chess pieces on a game board by rich people from behind the scenes.
If art imitates life, then writing styles and genre booms tend to reflect the prevailing thoughts and moods of the people. Whether it’s The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, or the more modern dystopias in The Hunger Games, or The Maze Runner, you can’t just dismiss the genre without acknowledging where it’s coming from.