Living in a Dystopian World

What usually happens in a dystopian novel? Some brutal government, people living under the influence of cruel leaders, rights being denied to poor, brutal deaths, and so on. And then come the great protagonists. Those who are the saviors of the weak. Those who gather other for change. Those who train, those who fight, those who strive hard, those who survive, and those who sacrifice.

How we love such novels. How we adore the strategy our heroes make?

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Well, look around. Once you see a news channel, what do you hear? The same situation,

Some brutal government, people living under the influence of cruel leaders, rights being denied to poor, brutal deaths, and so on.

Look at Kashmir. Look at Turkey. Look at the people who are terrorized by ISIS and other terrorists. Look at the number of people who have died at the hands of terrorists….

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When I heard about the attempted coup in Turkey, I couldn’t help noticing the strategic mind behind that. The way they attacked and captured airports and national channel. I mean they tried to take over by making a statement that they have the airports, etc.

By observing the world affairs, I reached to the conclusion that we are at war. We are all fighting for something. We  are all under fear. We are the protagonists. We are the part of  a dystopian world.

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Not Expected From a Hero…………

“So, you want him to fight and make his way out of prison with a knee that has been shot?????” my mother said, when I complained to her that the hero of “Legend”, Day, is not at all heroic. I told her,“You know, he was like fainting and June (heroine) had to drag him along by placing his arm on her shoulder. She had only a few seconds to escape and he was no help at all. What kind of hero does that?”

My mother was right. He may be a hero, but that doesn’t means that he is not a human. A human feels pain. We can’t deny that. The truth is by watching all those movies, one unintentionally thinks like that. We always see in Bollywood movies that the hero gets up even after receiving three bullets (so stupid. Isn’t it?).

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In Day, I find all the qualities that may not suite the idea of a hero. Such as, despite having muscular built he looses a fight. The way the writer describes it makes it look alright. She brings in the human factor. First, he is only fifteen. Secondly, he has not been properly trained. He has a great mind, but even a great mind needs tutoring and he didn’t go to school after 10 years of age. Justified, isn’t it?

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Another thing we hate in a hero is that he is driven by his emotions, not logic. Day and Four are the two people that I have witnessed with this fault. I mean in the first two novels of “Divergent” series , you find Four being brave and powerful, but in the third one, you find him weak because his emotions overpower him at some point. Day’s behavior is justified again as he is only 15. Practically a kid.

Well, if you ask for an invincible hero. Jace Herondale is that hero. However, after reading about Will Herondale (The Infernal Devices), I started disliking Jace because he is way too perfect. May be I am not happy in any case.

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Well there are many things that we like about heroes. For example, I like that in the end of Spider \man movies, the villain asks forgiveness from spiderman and spiderman forgives him. In a nutshell, these ideas are completely my own. You may know heroes better than I do,  and you may not like my judgement. So, this is what I think of heroes. What do you not expect from a hero???? 

Young Adult Dystopian Novels……..How Do I Analyze them??

Who doesn’t love dystopian novels?? At least, I know that I do. These novels are full of action and are so addictive. They benefit us in ways that we can’t imagine. They give us the sense that every individual has power and has the tendency to bring change in their system. Dystopian novels inspire people to question their authorities and not to follow any system blindly. Systems are to be followed, if and only if  they follow certain standards of morality and ethics. Too much good talk, eh? Now lets see “the faults in our novels” 😀

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First and foremost, do children or young adults have to be the ones to read these novels? I mean there is so much bloodshed, use of weapons (Guns, Knives, Bows, etc.), and rebellious behavior. Its very natural that young people are at an very delicate age. These books give us a sense of being continuously at war (take Divergent Trilogy for example. There is  war in each of its novels). When we don’t have any thing to rebel against, its our parents that have to face our rude behavior. We think our rights are being denied and we rebel against things that are good or beneficial for us. 

Even I, who am quite a dependent girl, like this rebelliousness. I was so amazed by my own behavior when I read Delirium trilogy. In the first book the main heroine was shy, delicate, stressed, worried, and dependent and I was like, “I don’t like her. She is just like me!!”, and ” What’s the fun in that?”. In the second novel, however, she turned rebellious. She knew how to use guns, open locks, etc. Then, I liked her and on some of her dialogues I would say, “This is incredible.” So do you get my point??? 

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I was once asked that what do you learn from reading novels. I replied that for shooting for a long distance you exhale and for shooting at a nearer target you exhale (I don’t know if either of these statements is correct because I don’t clearly remember my answer).

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Secondly, I see that in such novels, and many other young adult novels, the writer’s build up characters do not act as people do in that age. I mean you know four right. Can you imagine in the movie an 18 year old four??? I can’t. I know that his situation molded him into this but the skills that he had and his seriousness, I don’t think any 18 year old can do it. However, the ages of characters of The Hunger Games were agreeable.

Lastly, sometimes reading so much destruction and bloodshed makes makes the reader  irritable and rude. Mostly I seek company in novels, but sometimes they give me a severe headache.

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Don’t you think that we need novels that are a bit lighter. I mean why should children be shown a destructed world. Why be pessimistic, rather than optimistic about our species? We can show a world without violence and this may give good moral lessons to young people. Novels like Jane Eyre. I have moved on from this genre of novel. I feel that these stories are foolish. There is always a 15, 16, 17 or 18 years old hero and heroine saving the whole world. To me, these novels should be read, but at an age such as above 16. Early teenager shouldn’t be given these novel. Do you agree with me?