I sent my mother the first couple chapters of my novel, and after reading it, she messages me back “Is everything alright? Can I call you tonight?” I admit that the tone of the novel is fairly dark, and much darker than the work I used to send to my mother. The last time I worked on a novel I was sixteen and I was working on a very badly written historical romance. I am now working on a dystopian theme, set after a nuclear apocalypse. Although I’m trying my best to lighten the mood with moments of light-hearted character dialogue, I know that the atmosphere I am creating is bleak. Yet I find it strangely enjoyable.
For a while now I have been highly interested in dystopian literature. Margaret Atwood’s “Oryx and Crake,” and Max Brook’s “World War Z,” and Alan Moore’s “V for Vendetta,” being the kick starter to this new found love. And I have been puzzled as to why. What I’ve realized lately, is that it is the potential found in these books that have attracted me. I will not lie, our world and society highly depresses me sometimes. There is a lot of wealth disparity, environmental damage, violence, bad leadership, skewed morality in our reality, and it sometimes makes me feel incredibly powerless.
Yet the novel can speak, and I believe that it has an impact that can compound. Dystopian and post-apocalyptic settings in particular, can really work really well as commentary. On the other hand, world building, and reshaping, and the even the fictitious possibility of a new form of society, is exciting. A novel can explore avenues of change. And although sometimes this change follows catastrophe, the stories with elements of human cooperation, I find up lifting. I enjoy stories of survival. Perhaps because it helps me to survive in reality.
Thus, this is part helps to explain my decision to follow the genre of dystopian literature. “Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light.” -Ursula Le Guin, “The Left Hand of Darkness.”
On “Round of Words in 80 Days,” News, I have past the 10 000 word count mark (first time! Whoo!) and have reached 33 pages, with 77 more to go!