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The Hunger Runner Divergence
lj_bot wrote in writersblock
Several of the most popular young adult books in recent years have set their young main characters in a dystopian future, pitting them against each other or frightening other forces. Do you enjoy these types of books? Why or why not? How do you feel the young adult stories being written today compare to those of your childhood?

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Post-apocalyptic scenarios were a big thing when I was young. I'm a cold war kid after all. Mad Max, The Day After, Brave New World, 1984, The Handmaiden, Planet of the Apes, Time Machine, Logan's Run, and one of my favourites: A Boy and His Dog. They all dealt with a world after a big change, either war, or a revolution, and they all had a kind of dictatorship, either global or local.
Of course they are not all young adult literature or movies but they were forced on us when we were exactly that, so I think that counts.

In the end it doesn't really matter if you fight a regime, another gang, or the careers from district 1. There's the protagonist, fighting the antagonist, singular or plural.

I found them all equally intriguing. I always loved science fiction and fantasy, and dystopian is part of that genre. Seeing the wide variety of fictional worlds, I really don't see a big difference from then to now.

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