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Monday, April 09, 2007

Favorite Dystopia

I'm curious. What is your favorite dystopic vision of the future in books, television or film? Why? Here are some that come to mind.

Brave New World
Escape from New York
Buck Rogers
Terminator
1984
Children of Men
Minority Report
Soylent Green

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15 comments:

Jane said...

I'm trying to figure out what the fact that I really like dystopian novels and movies says about me. :)

I really liked Children of Men (the book.) As much as I disagree with her underlying beliefs I like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. I haven't read 1984 since I was in high school and should revisit it, because I liked it at the time.

There are a couple of others that are tickling the back of my mind, but I think I may have several stories all clumping together back there.

Der Bettler said...

A Clockwork Orange is probably my favorite dystopian movie, simply because it seems to be closest to how I see our future. Heartless scientists experimenting on human subjects without regard for ethics or the sanctity of human life -- even if the human in question also has no regard for the sanctity of human life -- reminds me a lot of the discussions we have now in medicine.

As for a good dystopian book, I like The Stand. Randall Flagg, the character of the "Beast", is a well-done "devil" character. The suviving remnant who side with Flagg do so knowingly, but his promises are so enticing -- several times, in fact, it is mentioned that Flagg's camp has eradicated drug abuse. The group on God's side are not very special or gifted, and often squabble among themselves -- but they trust that they will be delivered.

Preachrboy said...

You forgot-
The Matrix
Planet of the Apes
The Time Machine.

I like the Matrix.

Paul T. McCain said...

"451 degrees...the temperature at which paper burns."

From my favorite dystopian novel.

Dizziness said...

Another vote for Children of Men.

My list includes as well:
12 Monkeys
Dr. Strangelove (yes, old but...)
Brazil
Blade Runner
Gattaca
A Clockwork Orange
Dark City
Equillibrium
V for Vendetta
Mad Max
THX-1138

Within this genre, I tend to prefer the specific post-apocalypse films. Unfortunately they are usually horrible (like Waterworld).

Dizziness said...

Another vote for Children of Men.

My list includes as well:
12 Monkeys
Dr. Strangelove (yes, old but...)
Brazil
Blade Runner
Gattaca
A Clockwork Orange
Dark City
Equillibrium
V for Vendetta
Mad Max
THX-1138

Within this genre, I tend to prefer the specific post-apocalypse films. Unfortunately they are usually horrible (like Waterworld).

Don said...

How about Idiocracy, the recent movie starring Luke Wilson?

Carl Vehse said...

Silent Running
The Road Warrior
Aliens

Darrell said...

Lots of good stuff, here. 12 Monkeys and Brazil would be on my list, too.

Let's also throw in Dark City, Kairo and 28 Days Later.

S Bauer said...

"The Futurological Congress" and "The Star Diaries" both by Stanislaw Lem

Anonymous said...

Just wonder if "Sin City" would qualify? It was suggested by a friend.

Rev. Zielinski said...

Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End"
Fahrenheit 451
The Terminator(s)
Escape from New York / LA

I will also give a nod to:
Mad Max
The Stand (nice catch!)

Rev. Philip Zielinski said...

Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End"
Fahrenheit 451
The Terminator(s)
Escape from New York / LA

I will also give a nod to:
Mad Max
The Stand (nice catch!)

Rev. Philip Zielinski said...

Almost forgot:

2001: A Space Odyssey

Tim the Enchanter (Rob Olson) said...

I first read Brave New World because Neil Postman (in Amusing Ourselves to Death) said that Huxley was right and that Orwell was wrong. I agree. Why ban (1984) or burn (451) books when no one wants to read them?

Blessings.

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