If I open one more book review section and see the word “dystopian” in a headline, I might be forced to light said paper on fire.

I am, I admit, trend impaired. Take those TOMS shoes for example. (That’s supposed to be in all caps, right? I don’t even know.) Sixty bucks and on the feet of all the hipper-than-me people I know. And guess what? They look like house slippers. There. I said it. They do. It looks like you left the house and forgot to put on real shoes, which is the sort of thing my grandfather would do.

I realize this opinion make me terribly uncool. But have you looked up the definition of “dystopia” recently? I did. Just to be clear. This is what the dictionary said:




a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.

For the love of popsicles, why is that a trend? Give me house slippers.

As an antidote to all the squalor and disease crowding my previously adored book review sections, I am reading a history of the romantic poets. Uncool? That would be one possible descriptor. I’m going with “rebellious” instead.

Take that human misery.


  • Mysti Berry

    26.11.2011 at 12:59

    The present is satisfyingly dystopian. Between that and my genetic inability to get past the bad science inherent in vampires and zombies, I am living in a trend free zone.

    TOMS? They look like hospital shoes with insoles. I haven’t seen a lot of them up in SF, perhaps because we’re still flogging the boot trend. More compatible with working next door to an occupation camp…

  • Ashley Ream

    26.11.2011 at 13:36

    Don’t even get me started on zombies =)

  • Colin

    26.11.2011 at 16:25

    I think it’s interesting to know what’s popular, but I can’t let it affect me. For example, I will read dystopian novels, but I wouldn’t write one just because they’re “in vogue” at the moment. Besides, I don’t think I could write a dystopian novel. But never say never… perhaps one day, when literary romances are the trend of the moment… 🙂