As an author of a dystopian novel, I've been thinking a lot about the genre, and the topics and content in post-apocalyptic novels.
Sometimes I see people talking about how bleak these types of novels are. Depressing, sometimes. Is this true?
Yes and no.
I find people fascinating. There are so many differences, from what books we like to what we find attractive, to what we believe. Difference is what makes each of us unique; it's what gives the world spice.
Because, really, one person’s idea of a perfect, ideal existence is often another person’s nightmare.
Dystopian novels examine these differences. They peer into what makes us different, and they peel back the layers of what we believe. Each person will get something different from each dystopian tale, because they have the opportunity to apply it to their own lives, in their own unique situation.
And to me, that's a very good thing.
Do you think dystopian novels are too bleak? What do you see in them?