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Dystopias

Dystopic fiction is going through a boom, and we can’t seem to get enough of stories set in apocalyptic or authoritarian regimes where ordinary people struggle to survive. Why?

Dystopic fiction is going through a bit of a boom at the moment, but why is it that we can’t seem to get enough of stories where ordinary people struggle to survive against an all-powerful state, or in a post-apocalyptic world? Is it because they reflect the anxieties we already feel about the world we live in, or because they allow us to escape it? Shabnam Grewal asks: Why is dystopic fiction so appealing?

Produced and presented by Shabnam Grewal
Editor: Andrew Smith

(Photo: Destroyed cityscape. Credit: Stock Photo/Getty Images)

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