I do think the future could potentially be a scary place. Depending on who gets elected to be the next president and how their brain is wired, we could easily have WWIII in my lifetime.
With that being said, there’s also been a lot of technological advances since even the last World War. I have no doubt that advances will continue to be made, especially since there are already cars that are able to run on vegetable oil. Nothing really seems that far fetched anymore. Within the next 100-150 years we could easily be traveling to and from the moon and Mars on weekly trips, maybe even building a dome and having a very overdone vacation up there.
I don’t really have much to say about aliens, because that’s never really been a point of interest for me. Therefore I do not see myself fit to comment on that. But I am curious if we’re somehow the only ones out there, although that does not seem very likely given how big the universe is. Thinking about the future beyond making it through college isn’t really something I’m geared to be doing just yet.
Okay so this week isn’t about witches but it is about distinction! What differentiates genre from genre components? To be totally honest, I have a hard time telling the difference. The best piece I can think of for an example is Clockwork Orange. Now, the film adaptation is beautiful (duh, Kubrick did it) and everyone simply must see it. But what makes this novel/ film not exactly fantasy? Well, there’s nothing really magical about it….effed up, yes, but nothing that couldn’t potentially be going on in this universe. It is for sure bizarre and coincidence is a very large component, but we experience that every day, just on a smaller not as mentally twisted scale.
However, I do not find it to be an important distinction. Whether something I’m reading is classified as fantasy or not will not make my opinion change. If it’s a captivating story then I’ll want to read, and if not, the book will be put down.
…that the aliens want to invade, so no, your plan of moving to Switzerland is not fool proof. Although, at least you’ll die surrounded by gorgeous blondes and delicious chocolate!
This week we looked at sci-fi in different cultures. Honestly…not that different. Obviously any older tales will be written with more pizazz but the point is still that humans do stupid things and then do stupider things to fix the original stupidity. Kind of like politics!
Anywho, my point is even Brits can make an alien invasion worse and just continuously dig their graves deeper and deeper. Also, England developed a material that is blacker than the human eye can properly see, so that’s pretty cool?
I’m going to take the opportunity to expand on last week’s genre. Steampunk and Cyberpunk both play on disillusioned reality and not everyone being conscious of what’s going on. I don’t really know much about this genre so what my mind goes to is Brave New World and how everyone is always intoxicated with “soma”. Soma is considered a treat and is readily encouraged by the government because it keeps everyone happy, and from thinking/ realizing the truth. Sound familiar? Alcohol!
Yes, whenever I read about a substance the government is cool with because it subdues the masses I think of alcohol (and weed in some countries). Because really, who doesn’t love an open bar? Obviously different people use these substances to varying degree, and there are restrictions, but the gist is the same.
Now the two punks we are exploring this week are pretty intense, because usually the issue comes down to some creatures being of something without a soul. Can you say robot? Yup! Chances are someone (our protagonist) is a cyborg or complete robot. A quite cool, and terrifying, concept if I do say so myself. How do we know who has a soul and whose an experiment?
Revisit one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors? Don’t mind if I do! Fahrenheit 451 has been one of my favorite novels since I picked it up at the ripe old age of eleven. An eighth grader was reading it for a book report and drew a poster for class, which I then saw and became intrigued. I asked my Language Arts teacher about it and she lent me her copy…and thus a love affair with dystopian societies was born. This was my first taste of post apocalyptic worlds, and it was glorious. Ray Bradbury lead me to other authors such as Ann Rand, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, and a fair handful more.
It blew my mind, and still does, how many possibilities the world has for the future. Of course not all of these are ideal, truthfully more are not. But wow, it’s endless! I also really love the modern tales such as the Uglies series and the Divergent trilogy (although the movies are quite atrocious).
I think something that really draws me in to this genre is how each author has a different take on the society which they were currently living while they were writing. They all definitely play up human ignorance and how much is taken for granted. This is really thrown in your face in 451 and Anthem in which reading is a mega no no and the word “I” does not exist, everything is a collective “we”.
What I find the most interesting about Space Opera is how the future is depicted. Flying cars, if there even are cars, and space travel being the norm. So is living on other planets. In class we watched Forbidden Planet which was very filled with 1950’s charm. Cinematically it was also cool because all the sounds in the movie were foley.
To be completely honest this was my first experience with Space Opera (I’ve never seen Star Wars, which makes my boyfriend question why he’s dating me..eek!). My mom used to watch Star Trek but I could never really get in to it. I love all the cinematic secrets that are put in to play when it comes to Sci-Fi but I just can’t emotionally connect. Which made this week a bit of a struggle. Although I did enjoy talking about the topic in class, I struggled to explore it on my own.