August 12, 2011

Life Imitating Art

I recently decided that I would like to try my hand at writing fiction.  I have written plenty of essays for college and university, but was always afraid to dabble in creative writing.  I read A LOT, and with every book I've read, I've been tempted a little bit more to try writing myself.  It wasn't until finishing Veronica Roth's awesome (!) debut novel, Divergent, that I was really inspired to give it a go (have I mentioned how filled with sheer awesomeness this book is?)  I can't seem to get enough of books like this and Suzanne Collins' equally awesome Hunger Games trilogy.  I've been told to write what you know, but also to write what you like and want to read.  What do I like?  I love dystopian and post-apocalyptic YA fiction.  Love it!  Lately, we are starting to see more and more of this in the book market, but I can't seem to get enough.  As such, I've set out to attempt to create something in this genre.  I don't expect much to come from it, but I'm definitely enjoying the process. 

Submerging myself in all things sci fi and dystopian, I have actually been alarmed at how closely real life begins to parallel fictional dystopian scenarios...or at the very least, the precursors of these scenarios.  Between the absolutely abysmal state of the world economy (particularly in the USA), the famine and cholera in Somalia, and the out of control rioting in London, it truly feels like life imitating art.  It's staggering to me when the news feels familiar, like it is something I just finished reading in a book.  One need go no further than the front page of the paper for inspiration.  Is it possible that someday soon there will be no market for dystopian fiction because we'll actually be living it?

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