Guest Post: The Resurgence of Dystopia
Guest Posts , Latest Posts / July 25, 2017

On Friday January 20th, 2017 the craziest thing happened.  Dystopian novels became popular again.  North Americans suddenly couldn’t get enough of Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World.  Random House and its subsidiary, Harvill Secker threw a party.  I can only imagine that it was a depressing, dystopian-themed party.  These novels, written decades ago, were back on the top of the best-seller lists.  While I’d like to think that the hubbub is over my new novel, Interpretation, I think the event to shake the book world is the United States’ inauguration of Donald Trump. Now, I’m no fan of the man, myself.  You might be, and that is okay.  I will not pass judgement and I hope for the same in return.  But I think the entire world of dystopian writers should collectively thank him.  The genre has shown increased sales.  Many of these novels have hit the top ten on Amazon over the last few months. I find the shift interesting, to say the least.  I’m happy it’s happened – I started writing a dystopian novel just over a year ago, before the spike in the genre.  So entering into a ‘hot’ category makes me hopeful.  And despite writing about…

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