Meandering about the blogosphere, I found the Dystopian Challenge. Lisa at Books.Lists.Life even supplies a handy link to Wikipedia definitions and a Dystopian Reading List.
Many of my favorite high school reads are listed: A Clockwork Orange, Handmaid's Tale, 1984, Brave_New_World, Fahrenheit_451, Animal_Farm, plus William Gibson's cyberpunk novels like Neuromancer, Idoru and Mona Lisa Overdrive.
In university I read Sir Thomas Moore's Utopia, and Plato's Republic, Voltaire's Candide and Francois_Rabelais' Pantagruel, Gargantua and Le Tiers Livre. For 'fun' I read Naked Lunch and then watched the film which made me squirm.
More recently I have read The Giver, Oryx and Crake, Snow crash and the teen dystopia Feed, which I reviewed here
I read more than I view but I love dystopian films, especially:
Johnny_Mnemonic (Ice-T good, Keneau Reeves, okay)
A Clockwork Orange
Blade Runner (one of the few films I've watched more than once)
The Dystopia Challenge seems made for me. By November, I have to read 5 books in one of my favorite forms. Here's my list so far:
Never Let Me Go
Welcome to the Monkey House (I need to reread this one)
I'm looking for brand new Dystopias or novels aimed at teens to fill out the rest of my list. Any suggestions?
Happy (unhappy) reading.
Labels: meme, Reading Challenges, SF, Teen Novel