My Dystopian Life

Posted by Jarrod Jones on 4/9/2020 3:40:00 PM

I’m not much of a dystopian guy, however, I’ve read three teen dystopian novels in the past year. One, I actually kind of liked. Animal Farm and 1984 are a couple of classic dystopian novels that I really like. But all-in-all, I’m not much of a dystopian guy.

According to literarydevices.net, "Dystopia is a world in which everything is imperfect, and everything goes terribly wrong. Dystopian literature shows us a nightmarish image about what might happen to the world in the near future. Usually, the main themes of dystopian works are rebellion, oppression, revolutions, wars, overpopulation, and disasters."

I can’t help but think that the circumstance we are currently dealing with is similar to a dystopian novel. However, COVID-19 is real. It’s not fiction. And because of it, our world has been turned upside down. I’m pretty sure no one is comfortable with this situation. Every industry is suffering from a new abnormal normality. And the educational system is trying its best to handle the situation. Most teachers, students, and parents are all in unchartered territory...without a map for navigation. 

I am currently writing my first novel. I desire to write mysteries and realistic fiction, however, I aim to also write something outside of my comfort zone. If I wanted to write a dystopian novel, not saying that I would, there is plenty of material that I am witnessing every day in our new world in which I could glean. But soon, hopefully, there will be a real resolution to our present conflict. It may not be soon enough, but I‘m sure it will come soon.

In the meantime, I will try to stay as positive as possible.

Even though this is my birthday month, I will have to celebrate it in an unorthodox way. I had big plans. Unfortunately, due to our social distancing ramifications, I won't be able to have that golden party. This is my 50th after all, so I was planning a big shindig. A big bash. Actually, that would have been unorthodox. I am very much an introvert and to have even 50 people at an event that I planned would have been so much out of my character. So in essence, me having a big party, with fancy dinnerware, in an elegant dining hall, with a bunch of people clad in their very best would also be a dystopian novel in my world.

No matter what your book of life is, stay safe!