Creative Input: Dystopian Times

I just love a little bit of dystopia.

I think I might have an addiction.

But it’s a damn good addiction – one, incidentally, that can be enjoyed while eating enough chocolate to make you sick over a bank holiday weekend. Just saying.

And here’s how I’m currently drowning myself in dystopia – in the thoughts and dreams of what happens when things go wrong.

When humanity goes wrong.

When we forget to safeguard the good things.

Reading: I picked up Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro yesterday. I’ve barely scratched the surface of it yet but I’m already hooked – the conversational tone, the way he folds in back-story, the delicate and gradual reveal of what ‘current times’ are like. Also, when you’ve got someone like Margaret Atwood quoted on the blurb as saying “A brilliantly executed book by a master craftsman who has chosen a difficult subject: ourselves, seen through a glass, darkly” then how could you not give it a go?

Watching: Well of course it’s The Walking Dead, right? I mean, I might have mentioned before that I really love a good zombie flick, but I mean The Walking Dead just takes the festering pieces of animated flesh and runs (staggers, flails, gurgles through decaying lips) with it. I love it, and although for me the start of the current series was a little slow going, it’s picking up pace and I am glued. I am, however, saving the last three episodes of the series to watch in one big hit, so if you want to chat about it then *la la la la la la la la*

Listening: I discovered that The Chrysalids by John Wyndham is playing on BBC Radio. It won’t be there for much longer (think you’ve only got a couple of days to catch the first part) but, seriously, go and do it. The Chrysalids was by far and away one of my favourite books as a kid, and is on my list to re-read in the next few months. And whenever I think about it, I feel a knot of horror twist deep in my belly.

And with that you have my current dystopian input, but what’s yours?

And please don’t say the news. Because the news, at the moment, pretty much makes me want to cry, or punch someone.

Grind Spark – out now

Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending to be the perfect family. It’s about whether you want to survive. Treat your eye portals. Pick up your copy here.

  1 comment for “Creative Input: Dystopian Times

  1. Jane
    March 26, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Old stuff but ‘Cat’s Cradle’ (Vonnegut). ‘The Crystal World’ (J G Ballard — and quite a lot of his other stuff). No hope there, but there is hope in ‘The Chrysalids.’ Very few writers can match Wyndham.
    Currently? Don’t hit me but has to be the news (and not from abroad). Sheer despair.
    Enjoy your chocolate.

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