Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Orwellian-Huxleyan Convergence

A frightening sign of the times — Brave New World Among Top 10 Books Americans Most Want Banned. The report informs us that "the only classic title in 2010's list" was targetted because of its "offensive" language and "insensitivity."

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Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I had to read Brave New World in uni, along with other dystopian titles like Nineteen Eighty-Four, A Clockwork Orange, The Food of the Gods, The Time Machine, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?--and the first title was definitely my least favourite of the lot. At the time, I thought it was because I didn't like Huxley as a person.

A few months ago, I tried to reread it so I could write about it on my blog. I didn't last more than a few pages; everything I read made me too nauseated. But it wasn't because Huxley's fantasy world sickened me; it was because our own world sickens me when I look at it too closely--and it was our own world winking up at me from the pages. Pretty much everything Huxley wrote about in the 1930s has already come true. Game over, man! Game over!

5:07 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Game over, indeed.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I have this thesis that the reason Dystopian Fiction is growing in popularity is that we're also growing in awareness that our own world is a dystopia and are in the great throes of denial.

If we can say, "That kind of stuff just happens in books!" or "Do you believe everything Hollywood tells you?" then we don't have to see our world for the hot mess that it is. But I imagine that average people from every age of history would be uniquely appalled by us.

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