Thoughts and literature/movies

I have too many of them as I have said previously so I like to escape by reading science fiction and fantasy concept novels like what happens if people didn’t sleep (Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress,) what would happen if every day you woke up in a different body (Every day David Levithan), or you created a story that became really popular and its characters were literally brought to life (The fictional man Al Ewing). There are many others which I will endeavour to read and review later on like the Forever War by Joe Haldeman (a bit like a continuation of the war theme/consumption of goods from 1984). It’s a shame most of these are teen fiction so you have to put up with teenage protagonists but just because we get older doesn’t mean that teenage angst is resolved.

On the subject of books I have read, Scott Westerfeld’s series of books starting from the idea what would happen if we all looked supermodel pretty due to an operation at 16 is very interesting. First, you have Uglies which is the background when Tally Youngblood is 15 and dealing with the fact her best friend has just turned 16 so never sees them anymore. Then you have Pretties where Tally has had the operation but now hangs out with her new best friend. Specials where they become secret agents and finally Extras where the whole world has been turned upside down and everybody can now look however they like even if it is not supermodel pretty.

I have also read a book on what would happen if a drug was invented so you didn’t age, get sick or die but as a consequence of overpopulation you were not allowed to have children unless you ironically didn’t take the drug.

I read one called the Island but based on the fact that humanity has ceased to exists apart from in compounds closed off from the world. The one man the story centres on is born fully developed, doesn’t get sick, age but does die. However is he a clone as well as his dog so another will replace him when that happens. They all have the thoughts and diary of a man before humanity faded and the subsequent clones.

Another I read at school was about a group of children that could communicate like a Vulcan mind meld but via telepathy. However they had to hide this knowledge and be wary of when then used it due to the persecution that present from everybody else that didn’t have the power which was the majority.

Yes I have read the more common dystopias like George Orwell’s 1984, Animal Farm, a Brave New World, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, even Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon and these are brilliant books but I thought I would focus on more recent, less well-known authors and books. The Handmaids Tale is a book I could not get on with as it doesn’t tell you how the world got into that state until 3/4 of the way through. I finished it purely to see how it started. It was hard going and painful.

I’ve seen Dune, Blade Runner, I am Legend, War of the Worlds, Minority Report, Cloud Atlas, I Robot and Ender’s Game as movies.

I have also watched Equilibrium which sounds like it was influenced by Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,

Helliconia by Brian Aldiss sounds like it in some ways was inspired by or inspired Game of Thrones. As does Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Guin.

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