Extra Credit | Dystopian Novels

Posted July 5, 2014 by Tara Gold in Extra Credit /// 9 Comments

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Extra Credit is a new weekly(ish) feature where I give a quick shout-out to bookish things I love.

This week, I’m giving Extra Credit to Dystopian Novels

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Dystopia is my go-to genre. I haven’t loved all of these, but I certainly do get excited about any new dystopian novels that get buzz in the blogosphere or come up on Edelweiss/NetGalley. Even when I complain about dystopian fatigue and trilogy overload, I do not think I will ever stop being a dystopian fan. It may be fading as a trend, but it will never disappear completely. There’s just something about oppression and rebellion against oppression that I can’t enough of in YA novels.

What is your favorite genre?

Tara Gold

Tara is a PhD candidate studying education. Her dissertation is on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life...well, that's yet to be determined, but it probably involves getting kids jazzed about books or research. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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9 responses to “Extra Credit | Dystopian Novels

      • Tara Anderson

        I’m actually interested to know the answer to this, too. I’ve been wanting to read some steampunk!

  1. I’m right there with you! I can’t help but love dystopian novels. In fact, you have Feed in your collage. That was the first book that I remember really falling into. I always liked to read when I was younger (middle school ish years) but between being social and hating books my school assigned me and everything else I went years without reading. A teacher suggested I read Feed and I completely fell in love, with reading again and also dystopian societies. I completely forgot the book existed until I saw it here. So thank you for the reminder!

    • Tara Anderson

      I recommend The Testing trilogy and Neal Schusterman’s Unwind. Those are my favorites!

  2. I’m told that I wrote a gripping dystopian series. I didn’t set out to write dystopia. If anything, I originally thought I was writing urban fantasy and it is sort of that too. But I mostly wrote it because it is a fantastic story with intimately real characters, not because it fit a genre.

    I’m not about to change it just because some say dystopia is a fading trend. How can “what if” be a fading trend in fiction anyway? That’s like saying “boy meets girl” could fade. These things are wired into our DNA. They aren’t fads.

    Thanks for the reading list.

    Arie Farnam

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