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dystopian fiction

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According to Lois Lowry, The Giver Movie is On Its Way, Complete With Jeff Bridges

These days, it seems like Hollywood has finally discovered that dystopian young adult fiction is a trend that can make bunches at the box office, thanks to The Hunger Games. We can also look forward to The Host and the long awaited advent of a big budget Ender’s Game adaptation. But older young adults in their twenties and thirties can sit around saying “In my day, we walked fifteen miles to the library to pick up copies of Garth Nix‘s Shade’s Children and Lois Lowry‘s The Giver. And then we wrote our book reports with pencil and paper! And then gave it to our parents to spellcheck!”

But I actually had The Giver read to me at bedtime before I was ever assigned it in school, so I guess I have the most hipster dystopian YA cred of all.

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All this has happened before...

Imagine Entertainment Hops On the Dystopia Train With a Remake of George Orwell’s 1984

In news that might not be all that upsetting, Imagine Entertainment has announced that they’re remaking the movie based on George Orwell‘s famous novel 1984. Why is this interesting rather than being outright infuriating? Because this will be the first trip to the big screen for the dystopian classic that introduced us to Big Brother since, well, 1984. Aside from an opera (yes, an opera) in 2005, 1984 has been largely left alone by pop culture. But now, we have a serious crush on a world gone mad with power and chaos of the worst kind. I’m going to say it: This might not be a bad idea.

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