Some of the best novels I have ever read are those that deal with Dystopian universes. The same goes for movies and video games. While some Dystopian worlds are extremely well done and believable, others are not as great. So, here are my top five, taking into account worlds from any form of media.
5. Panem from The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games is one of my favorite modern dystopian series. That comes mostly from the fact that Suzanne Collins has crafted an excellent dystopian society. This society is made up of thirteen districts, plus the capitol district. As the districts get farther from the capitol, they get poorer and poorer. For example, before it’s destruction, district 13 was the poorest district. It’s an interesting concept, especially since those are the districts that supply essential materials, such as food and coal, to the capitol. And, of course, the Districts rebelled at one point, but were put down. So how does the government keep the districts down? By making them watch a two tributes from each district kill each other every year. Overall, this is a great world, and one that is similar to the modern world, even though it is taken to an extreme.
4. Dunwall from Dishonored
Those of you who keep up with my blog know that I’ve recently fallenin love with Dishonored. This is, in part, because of the city of Dunwall. It’s a steampunk world, combining modern technology with more medieval technology and structures. It’s executed masterfully. And this also applies to how the city works. It’s controlled by two men, after the assassination of the empress. One is High Overseer Campbell, the leader of the city’s biggest religion. Already, this tells us something about the city. And the other is the Lord Regent, who rules with an iron fist. While the population of the city is stricken with the plague, the royals live in luxury. It’s the perfect example of a society gone wrong.
3. Future America from Fahrenheit 451
I can’t be sure that it’s America. However, it is insinuated that it is, as major American cities, such as Chicago, are referenced. Anyways, the world is awesome. At one point, the government took advantage of a weak public and used this as leverage to take complete control. In order to keep the population from questioning them, they employ the firemen to burn books. At the same time, almost the entire population is kept down by the government, who distracts them from real life using the “parlor walls”, which are essentially TV screens that take up an entire wall. Throughout the novel, war is occurring, and it’s not a big deal to anyone. Despite this, the citizens are all led to believe that they are happy by a government that controls essentially the entire population. Ray Bradbury employs it perfectly in crafting an excellent story.
2. Future England from V for Vendetta
I love V for Vendetta. Not only because of the excellent movie, but because of Alan Moore’s awesome graphic novel as well. In an alternate universe where a religious, militaristic government rose to power in England, the society has become completely controlled by that government. It has been turned completely into a totalitarian state, in which most literature, music, and other forms of art have been banned. Difference is not at all tolerated, and the society is controlled entirely by the government and the media. After being a test subject of a virus that the British government used on it’s own people, a masked vigilante called only V rises. Oh, and the government used that poison on it’s own people to instill fear onto them, and allowing the government to take power. It’s masterfully done, both in the movie and graphic novel.
1. Rapture from Bioshock
Rapture. A city built entirely underwater. Intended as a haven for scientists and other intellectuals, it quickly fell apart as the government tested Adam and Eve on it’s civilians. Adam and Eve, for those of you who don’t know, are substances named after the Biblical characters that give the user superhuman powers. After test after test went wrong, and a totalitarian government came into power, the society degraded quickly. Adam was stored in children, who were called Little Sisters. The city quickly began a war with itself, and ripped itself apart from the inside. The city makes for an excellent game environment and serves to add to the awesomeness of Bioshock.