I want to learn about the birth of dystopias, fictional and real
January 9, 2013 10:24 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for books, stories, films, documentaries, articles about the birth of dystopic societies. Examples could be a prequel to the Hunger Games (how did this fictional world come to be?), an article about people's lives in a nation where democracy was overthrown, stories about how Jews and non-Jews reacted to the early days of Hitler's rise, explorations of the slow realization that an ostensibly democratic nation is now really run by a strongman or single powerful party.
posted by croutonsupafreak to writing & language (8 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
I'm NOT interested in stories that start with already-established dystopias, or in post-apocalyptic stories in which vast populations are decimated (by bombs, zombies, aliens, disease, etc.) and a small group of survivors must rebuild. Instead, I'd like to explore what it's like for ordinary people -- not elites -- to go from living in a flawed but relatively free society to living in an oppressive state, as portrayed by journalists, survivors and purveyors of fiction.