What Is an Example of a Dystopia?

Something like Suzanne Collin's book "The Hunger Games" works as an example of dystopia because the word refers to a situation opposite of a utopia. Dystopia usually refers to a genre of literature, often in the speculative category, in a futuristic setting that depicts hopelessness or the aftermath of a cataclysmic disaster. While films and other media depict dystopian images, the genre has grown popular among book lovers.

While book series, such as "The Hunger Games," have gained in popularity at the beginning of the 21st century, dystopian literature has a long history. For instance, books such as Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," George Orwell's "1984" and Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" focus on dystopian themes with issues such as totalitarian governments. Many dystopian works of literature focus on the cultural and political contexts that create such non-ideal settings. Dystopian settings have many of the same characteristics as utopian settings in that they present the most extreme circumstances except the dystopian works lack the egalitarian and harmonious aspects of life that color utopian literature. In addition to reflecting an extreme example of real-life sociocultural phenomenon of the day, dystopian literature also often offers a life lesson with an implicit call to action.