Charlene Challenger is a writer and graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. Her first novel, the young adult fantasy The Voices In Between, is published by Tightrope Books. Her work is also featured in Stone Skin Press’s A 21st Century Bestiary and Exile Editions’ Start a Revolution: QUILTBAG Fiction Vying for Change. Charlene is currently working on the sequel to Voices. She lives in Toronto. Follow her at her Website, on Goodreads, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Adolescence is Dystopian Because TEENAGERS

by Charlene Challenger

A few years ago, when the public latched on to the grossly overhyped rags-to-riches story of JK Rowling and people started paying slightly more attention to books-not reading them so much as waiting to see what their blockbuster incarnations would look and sound like—a slew of YA dystopian novels was published. And since websites are obligated to support their advertising content, readers were treated to an array of write—ups of variations of the following theme: “There’s a new fad among the teenaged literati—dystopian fiction!”

My response, to put it bluntly, was: “Like, really guys?”
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A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel

Science Fiction has always had an interesting relationship with politics, and with the Snowden Affair brewing in the news, it seemed like a good time to look at one strain of political SF: the Dystopian Novel. It’s certainly relevant: sales of George Orwell’s landmark novelĀ 1984 has been selling in enormous quantities in the last couple of weeks!

Go read A Brief History of the Dystopian Novey over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

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