Kelo The Great's Definition Of The Week

The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

Literary Criticism--EL312

Since we are about to watch Blade Runner in the near future, this term seems the most appropriate.

dystopia: Usually set at some point in the author's future and describes a society in which we would not want to live. Writers presenting dystopias generally want to alert readers to the potential pitfalls and dangers of society's present course or of a course society might conceivably take one day.

1984 and The Machine Stops are famous examples of a dystopia. There is also a movie that had just hit theaters called Children Of Men. Based on the novel of the same name, it is about a dying society no longer able to reproduce. The movie begins with the youngest person on Earth (18 years old) dying. For your interest, here is a trailer of that movie: