I was recently thinking about doing some analysis of works of dystopian fiction from a preparedness perspective on this site. I suppose I already did one when I reviewed Tomorrow When The War Began a while back ago and enjoyed doing it and have a few ideas for good ones to look at.
Simply defined, dystopian fiction takes place in some kind of a nightmare scenario. Good examples of this would be the police state of George Orwell’s 1984 or the V for Vendetta comics/film, the Soviet invasion of the US in Red Dawn, the nuclear war in The Day After Tomorrow and the list goes on. Basically works of fiction that take place in a world worse off than the one we live in. There’s a subgenre of “prepper fiction” with Joe Nobody and James Wesley Rawles’ books, Lights Out by David Crawford and others that I feel would be well within the realm of dystopian fiction.
I think it’s good to take a closer look at some of these works because you can learn a few things and exercise your imagination a bit all while entertaining yourself. I know stumbling across various works of dystopian fiction and putting myself into the situation has definitely steered me towards being concerned with issues of preparedness. Plus some of it is just plain cool. Who doesn’t like Red Dawn?
Watch out for some posts on this subject sometime in the near future.