Dystopian Genre – What’s the best definition for the dystopian fiction genre? Dystopian is the opposite of utopian. A utopia is the ideal society, perfect in every way. Dystopian fiction is based on the nightmare of a civilization where everything has fallen apart. Many novels combine both the utopian and dystopian society structures to represent choices and different outcomes. These types of societies are found often in science fiction and speculative fiction titles.

Dystopian fiction usually takes place after society has failed or fallen in some way. It would be the flash forward after an apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic event when society has been rebuilt.

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dystopian genre book coverDystopian Genre – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the dystopian fiction genre.

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

3. Animal Farm by George Orwell

4. Anthem by Ayn Rand

5. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

6. Blindness by José Saramago

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

10. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

12. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

13. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

14. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

15. The Children of Men by P.D. James

16. The Giver by Lois Lowry

17. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

18. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

19. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

20. The Stand by Stephen King

21. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

22. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

23. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

24. Watchmen by Alan Moore

25. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

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Dystopian Genre – Related Book Genres

* Alternate History Fiction Genre

* Apocalyptic Genre

* Disaster Thriller Genre

* Political Fiction Genre

* Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Genre

* Utopian Fiction Definition

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