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8 Dystopian Novels That Are Way Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Lauren Sarner | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Lauren Sarner

The newest addition to the Hunger Games franchise has recently hit theaters, and between that and the success of "The Leftovers," the dystopian genre ...

5 Dystopian Trilogies Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

Kathleen Smith | Posted 11.20.2014 | Books
Kathleen Smith

Perhaps it's callous to love dystopia, to soak up stories where the characters are much worse off than you are, but the fiction shelves of bookstores are littered with these premises. For some reason, we just can't get enough of the world ending. And rebooting, in the most terrifying ways.

ReThink Interview: Jake Paltrow, Writer/Director of Young Ones

Jonathan Kim | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I guess I'm saying that now I understand those list-making lovers of obscure films, and to prove it, I'd like to express my affection for Young Ones, a film written and directed by Jake Paltrow that you almost certainly haven't heard of but definitely shouldn't miss.

4 YA Book Trends to Look for in 2015

Lisa Parkin | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You'll be happy to know that young adult fiction has some new topics and trends coming atcha in 2015! As a YA book blogger, it's my job (minus the getting paid part) to tell you that the next big book themes of the year will be.

ReThink Review: Young Ones -- Praying for Rain in the Sci-Fi West

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.

Letter to My Dystopian Teenage Self

Daisy J Lin | Posted 12.15.2014 | Women
Daisy J Lin

I know, life sucks right now. You're frustrated and no one gets what you're going through. You've been tossed about in the moshpit known as life, and you're tired of smacking into people. It seems like it's going to be this way forever. But it won't be.

Make Me Beautiful: The Psychology of Our Love Affair With Plastic Surgery

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.09.2014 | Style
Katie Tandy

Here are four of the women's "arguments" for altering your body and face.

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Anis Shivani | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science
Anis Shivani

I think we're headed toward a dystopia that will look for all the world like utopia. We may already have entered this new paradigm and be well on the way toward its irreversibility, which has profound consequences for individual and social action, and for making the best of this moment of transition that may well last centuries.

Beautiful Dystopia: A New Novel Reveals the Light Amid Russia's Darkness

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 10.12.2014 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Every character in this book is a dreamer of one sort or another.

@TheGiverMovie Joins #AOLBUILD

AOL BUILD | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
AOL BUILD

Gino DePinto, AOL BUILD A best-selling novel and 1994 Newbery Medal winner written by Lois Lowry, The Giver is making the jump from the school cu...

Snowpiercer: A Piercing Commentary on Modern Life Wrapped In Brilliant Sci-fi

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.01.2014 | Entertainment
Charles Karel Bouley

Thank the universe for the film Snowpiercer; finally, a dystopian sci-fi movie that someone can gush over, one that leaves a lasting effect and a certain dread in the viewer. Dread, because so much of it rings so true for today's times.

If You're a Teen, Divergent Isn't Divergent At All

Steven Schlozman, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Steven Schlozman, M.D.

There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.

ReThink Review: Divergent -- Just Be Yourself, Even in Dystopia

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Maybe there's enough dystopian teen book/movie money to go around, but not for a movie as nonsensical, poorly written, and dull as Divergent, which clocks in at a punishing, baffling 140 minutes.

Can China's Health Care Dystopia Become Our Future?

Leana Wen, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Leana Wen, M.D.

To prevent further problems in our country, and to stop the rest of the world from following us down this path, we have to make a difficult decision. We must decide if it's important to us to preserve our core tenets of liberty, democracy, equity, and justice.

Only God Forgives: The Professional Democrat and the Rise of Demopublican Dystopia

Ioannis Pappos | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Ioannis Pappos

The tech rush of the '90s, aided by an everything-is-fair-in-finance attitude generated new wealth. For the first time since the Kennedy administration, being a poster child for the Democrats meant being a hip and smart "professional." Inequality galloped.

The Future's So Bright, I'm Afraid to Look: On Science/Speculative Fictions

Evan Gottlieb | Posted 11.06.2013 | Books
Evan Gottlieb

The debate over whether SF is literature or genre fiction is ultimately far less important than the fact that such novels and movies have long challenged us to rethink not only what is possible, but also what is desirable about our collective future -- with or without sunglasses.

The Designated Pessimist

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Nancy Cohen-koan

In a sense, however, the waiting in line is the true theatrical event.

ReThink Review: Elysium -- The 1 Percent in Orbit

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.09.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I was so blown away by Elysium that I need two reviews to describe why I think it's the best movie of this summer by far, and probably of 2013.

The Silent History: E-lit Looks to the Future

Illya Szilak | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Illya Szilak

I wonder what contemporary philosopher Giorgio Agamben would make of the brilliant new novel The Silent History.

How To Save America From Becoming A Dystopia

92nd Street Y | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's ongoing partnership with Salon.com, senior writer Andrew O'Hehir spoke with us about the validity behind the view of America becoming...

Musical Duo From Planet Mawama Saves Comatose Earth

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

My Woshin Mashin sounds like a goofy name. For Hugo Simons and his wife, Bibi Tulin, it's a name the electronic duo created for their band. They came up with it by using what they call their mythical language, known as Mawamian, mingled with English.

ReThink Review: The Purge - Horror and Republican Ideology

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.07.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The action and, surprisingly, the political and social commentary that seems to criticize republican ideological dogma still has me pondering what I thought would be a run-of-the-mill slasher movie.

Visions for the Future: Good News and the Good Life

Robert Rippberger | Posted 08.06.2013 | Good News
Robert Rippberger

By Adrian Brannen-Jurgenson and Robert Rippberger It can be said that today it is easier to imagine the end of the world than any possibility of utop...

The Selection Author Kiera Cass on Princess Kate, Self-Publishing and The Elite

Lisa Parkin | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Lisa Parkin

With The Selection sequel The Elite currently on the New York Times bestseller list, Kiera Cass is an author to be reckoned with.

Future Anxiety and Young Adult Fiction

Susan Kim | Posted 05.25.2013 | Books
Susan Kim

Perhaps those of us who write about a dystopian future have more faith in people than we do in the wise application of technology.