Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever

From the neon-drenched noir of Altered Carbon to the technophobic Black Mirror, dystopia is all over mainstream entertainment these days—and considering the current political climate, it’s easy to see why. But when was the last time you watched a utopian show or movie? Unless, like me, you’re watching Star Trek on repeat forever, it’s probably been a while since your imagination took a trip into a better world.

Everything we struggle with today, from climate change, to human rights abuses, to police brutality, is paralleled and explored in countless fictional dystopias. And for many people, this is a welcome outlet for their frustrations. But the more reality starts to resemble the dystopias on our TV screens, the more we need another kind of story. Utopian fiction dares to hope that we can, and will, be better. And I don’t know about you, but I could really use that dream right now.

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  1. Siobhan

    I think the lack of utopian fiction stems from a lack of conflict or drive. There’s so much to struggle and rebel against in a dystopia that they are ripe for stories of some forbidden love, epic struggle or character study of a world falling apart. In a utopia, everything is perfect and there’s not much to say about it. Unless it has a dark secret lurking, and then your happy escape is shattered again. I quite like dystopian fiction because I think it wakes people up and also shows that things can always improve.

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    • isabellalprice

      I totally understand where you’re coming from, I agree with you. But I get what the author means when they talk about dystopian fiction not preventing those things from happening, but utopian fiction contributing to current innovation (ie Star Trek). I think there’s room for both, but after years of watching The Walking Dead and Handmaiden’s Tale, I’m ready for something more utopian. I think you can have many forms of conflict in utopian fiction, as evident in Star Trek.

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      • Siobhan

        I always think that’s the quest and conquest elements then. I loved the Star Trek TV series, especially Captain Janeway, but I do think they have a streak of colonialism about them. I know what you mean though, less relentless misery in all forms of media would be lovely.

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