Dystopia

Ethan Sears
Staff Writer

searse1688@student.sanjuan.edu

In the last couple of years, there has been a new trend in “teen” movies. This new trend is, of course, the “Dystopian” films. The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, etc.  This new craze of teen books-turned movies have taken the world by storm. They all take place in Dystopian societies where the government has complete control over its citizens. This makes way for the typical Dystopian hero, a teenager, usually between ages fourteen and nineteen, to take a dramatic stand against their tyrannical leaders. This allows teenagers around the world to connect with these young heroes and become in a way, “obsessed” with these books and films.

The newest trend within this “Dystopian” movie trend is splitting the movie into two parts. This idea first came into the public eye when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Apparently, the Hollywood big wigs decided that it is better to make oodles of cash by splitting amazing finales into two parts to make the consumer anticipate the final product more. And of course, it worked amazingly. Twilight Breaking Dawn: Parts 1 and 2 copied this idea and reaped in the rewards.

Most recently, Mockingjay, the third installment of The Hunger Games is following in the footsteps of Harry Potter. Released on November 21, 2014, Mockingjay: Part 1 is sure to be a smash hit.

Now, the moment you all have been waiting for. What is the opinion of Mr. Dystopia? And who is Mr. Dystopia you ask? Why, of course he is the man, the myth, THE LEGEND, Mr. Raymond Marshall. Mr. Marshall, the founder of El Camino’s very own Dystopian Literature class, had some interesting things to say about these new Dystopian films and movies. He has “read some of these novels, but didn’t particularly enjoy them.” When compared to classic Dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World, Marshall said, “[The] Hunger Games and Divergent weren’t really thoughtful. They are Dystopian novels in Dystopian settings, but they are targeted for young adult readers, turning them into tools of making money, rather than the message that they send.” Seniors Nathan Martinez and Mark Farrell, both enrolled in the Dystopian Literature class, also had a few things to say. “The whole point of a Dystopian book is to send a message about society,” says Martinez, “these ‘new wave’ Dystopian books and movies just don’t do that.” All they do is create a fandom for pre-teens and teenagers to join. They aren’t powerful, they don’t make you think. They are purely for entertainment, and not about the message,” said Farrell.

Assuming Dystopian films stay “hot”, who knows what movie will be made next.

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