Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Why is Dystopia / Post Apocalyptic so popular? - Guest Post By Author Rhiannon Paille

I think it has something to do with 2012.

The Mayans predicted that on December 21st, 2012, the world would end.

Naturally this whole world ending phenomenon would be on the mind. And we all want to envision what the world would be like after it ended, or after some horrific impossible thing happened forcing us into this oppressed society.

Even though Dystopia has been around since the 1800’s, it hasn’t gotten as much popularity until now. Yes, we all remember Maze Runner, 1984, and the Handmaiden’s Tale, but back then we didn’t think that the possibility of our world becoming dystopian or post apocalyptic was very likely.

Basically, those books didn’t give us the same emotional impact books like The Hunger Games do now.

We don’t feel infallible to the end. The Mayans may have predicted it, but NASA confirmed that there will be an alignment with the black hole in the center of the Milky Way on the same day. Coincidence? NASA recently shut down . . . oh you didn’t catch the news on it? Yeah, even they don’t think there’s a point in knowing what’s out there anymore, it’s all going to end.

Maybe after the end we’ll live in a grim place, maybe zombies will walk the Earth (The CDC seemed to be keen on preparing us for that), maybe we’ll be sending our kids into war. Either way, the future of the human race is a mystery. We might be fighting aliens, or we’ll evolve and unicorns will begin to walk the earth again. Who knows? Anything can happen, the authors who have put their time and energy into books about what’s potentially on the other side of this big unknown end of the world are only preparing us.

I wish I could tell you it’s all just a joke, but it’s not.

My theory is that the world has already ended, it’s already as dystopian as it’s going to get and when the shift happens on 12/21/2012 the world is going to begin to become a better place. It might not shift to an automatic Utopia, but it’ll stop spinning towards this mass destruction point and begin spinning the other way, towards peace, equality and new awareness.

I only hope we’re all ready for the ride.




Rhi was never a normal girl. She tried, but she couldn’t get rid of the visions, the voices in her head, and the hallucinations. When she was on the edge of crazy someone pulled her back and explained it all. She wasn’t insane. She was psychic, really psychic, too psychic. Her life was an urban fantasy wrapped in a paranormal romance and served with a side of horror. To escape her everyday weirdness she began writing fantasy. She frequents twitter and facebook, but if you really want to get to know her you should visit her site: www.rhiannonpaille.com
Her book FLAME OF SURRENDER (The Ferryman and The Flame #1) Comes out November 1st, 2011. Check it out here.

1 comment:

  1. The world better not end in 2012... I've got too many books to read! ;)



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...