Tag Archives: dystopia

CFPs: Utopia & Dystopia, Gothic mashup, Screening loss, SyFy films, Gothic games, performing fairy

1. First, a conference CFP: Utopia & Dystopia: Conference on the Fantastic in Media Entertainment, University of Southern Denmark, 28-29 May 2020. Deadline: 10 December 2019. This conference invites new research in the fantastic. Why is the fantastic more popular … Continue reading

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YA Fiction Reading Lists: Otherness and Oddity

Some more tempting reading lists of YA fiction for you. First, from Penguin Teen, ‘10 YA Characters Who Will Mess with Your Mind‘: a list of novels with unreliable narrators or narrators who unsettle. I would add to this the … Continue reading

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Angela Carter — Resources

Still commemorating Angela Carter, twenty-five years after her death, here are some more useful links: Here’s a great article by John Dugdale on Carter’s legacy, including her influence in music: ‘Angela’s influence: what we owe to Carter‘ (though some connections … Continue reading

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Disco and Dystopia

With regard to Sam’s remarks on my previous post of a disco Walpurgisnacht, where we saw disco music as antithetical to Gothic, I was just reminded of this. It’s a dystopian Dr Moreau-like fantasy of science going wrong and mutating … Continue reading

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Trends in YA paranormal fiction

While procrastinating the other day, I found myself browsing the recommendations that Amazon makes, following a chain of YA paranormal fiction. Three hours later, I recovered from my obsessive frenzy to find £260 worth of books in my basket. The … Continue reading

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‘How to Find Hope in Dystopian Fiction’

Though I like a good dystopian novel, they can often be very pessimistic and depressing. So this article, ‘How to Find Hope in Dystopian Fiction’, is perfect for me and hopefully it will help others find a ray of sunshine … Continue reading

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CFP: FINNCON 2016: Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia, July 1–3, 2016, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

Yet another exciting conference on the fantastic–Fantastic Visions from Faerie to Dystopia. Finncon 2016 is one of the largest events in Europe for anyone interested in science fiction and fantasy. By tradition, it is free of membership fee, and offers … Continue reading

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12 of the Best New YA Books in May

Eric Smith reviews 12 new YA books–fantasy, paranormal romance, dystopias, fairytale retellings, as well as conventionally realistic novels. There are some here that look very promising.

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New trends in YA fiction

This article by Sue Corbett on the latest trends in YA fiction is very interesting, highlighting the genre of horror, narratives of mental illness and gender identity, and the continuing appeal of dystopias, including religious apocalypse.

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Sarah Hentges, ‘Girls on fire: political empowerment in young adult dystopia ‘

More ideas to add to the debate around YA dystopias which I’ve posted about recently. In this article, Sarah Hentges argues that images of young women in these currently very popular novels and films are positive and ’empowering’. She also … Continue reading

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