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Dystopian Novels for Young Adults: A Historical, Contemporary, and Multicultural Perspective

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Transcript of Dystopian Novels for Young Adults: A Historical, Contemporary, and Multicultural Perspective

Dystopia in Young Adult Literature Jessica Brandenburg Contemporary Dystopia in YA Literature Multicultural Multicultural Challenges Contemporary Novels Results of Popularity Popularity Definition Examples of Historical YA Dystopian Novels History Introduction A dystopia as it appears in YA literature, usually in fiction works, is a futuristic or alternate reality where a disaster (pandemic, natural disaster, government crack down, war, or other horrific event) and the population is either fighting for survival or adjusting to a new way of life. The first Dystopian Novels were actually written by
H.G. Wells in the 1800s.

The first YA Dystopian works were written in the
1950s. Lord of the Flies - 1954 by William Golding
A Wrinkle in Time - 1962 by Madeleine L'Engle
Ender's Game - 1985 by Orson Scott Card
The Giver - 1993 by Lois Lowry Dystopia has become a popular subgenre in YA literature. The Hunger Games Trilogy:
by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay Part of the result of this popularity is:
TV Shows
More Books Dystopian works allow for different cultures and groups to be featured. These include different genders, classes, governments, and social groups. Based on the books and descriptions given, what challenges do dystopian novels face going forward? Ready Player One
Article 5 One article that I read was an interview with Lois Lowry about her experience writing "The Giver". In the article, she discussed the fact that she set out to write about an utopia but did not realize that it was really a dystopia. "Only gradually did I begin to realize that I was not creating a Utopia--but a dystopia." (Silvey, 2007, p. 41) Current Popularity is due to:
Connection to Fear of future
Pandemic Fear
Debt The Selection by Kiera Cass
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Ashfall by Mike Mullin Images Collins, S. (n.d.). Suzanne collins. Retrieved from http://www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/index.htm Cass, K. (2012). The selection. New York, NY: HarperTeen: An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Articles Dystopian novels: Have you read one lately?. (2012). Library Media Connection, 31(1), 28-29.

Papantonakis, G. (2009). The individual's mission overrides society's mission: Responses and dilemmas in contemporary Greek young adults' science fiction. Barnbroken journal of children's literature research, 32(1), 17-27. Retrieved from  http://www.barnboken.net/index.php/clr/article/view/15164

Springen, K. (2010). Apocalypse now. Publishers Weekly, 257(7), 21-24.

Silvey, A. (2007). The unpredictable Lois Lowry. School Library Journal, 53(6), 38-42. Does anyone have a favorite dystopian novel? Patrick. (2012, March 21). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/351-the-dystopian-timeline-to-the-hunger-games-infographic Charge to the Teachers and Future LMS "The dystopian books are more word-of mouth titles. They are the titles that a hesistant teen who doesn't normally read sci-fi would only pick up after hearing how great it is from friends." (Springen, 2010, p. 21-22) My charge to teachers and future LMS is to encourage students to discuss books and spread the word among their friends and classmates to encourage reading, not just dystopian novels, but any genre or type of book. Nonfiction

The Future of Life on Earth by Michael Bright: This book looks at biodiversity and how that will affect the future of organisms on Earth. This book relates to dystopia becuase some dystopias are based on the failure of biodiversity and organisms.

Bright, M. (2012). Future of life on earth. Chicago, Il: Capstone Global Library, LLC.

The End: 50 Apocalyptic Visions from Pop Culture that You Should Know About...before it's too late by Laura Barcella: This book takes a look at different apocalyptic situations that have appeared in books, movies, and tv shows. The book examines these situations and the story/prophecy/myth behind them.

Barcella, L. (2012). The end: 50 apocalyptic visions from pop culture that you should know about ... before it's too late. San Francisco, CA: Zest Books LLC.

Nuclear Accidents and Disasters (Nuclear Power) by James Mahaffey: This book examines the history of nuclear power. It takes a closer look at the accidents and disasters that have occured throughout nuclear history.

Mahaffey, J. (2011). Nuclear accidents and disasters . New York, NY: Facts on File, Inc. Amazon. Retrieved November 10, 2012, from http://www.amazon.com/ Contact Information Jessica Brandenburg - jessica_brandenbu18@mymail.eku.edu http://appleorchardschool.wordpress.com/ My Blog
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