I had never read George Orwell’s 1984. I have been reading so much dystopia lately (Matched, Hunger Games, I Am Number Four) that I thought I should go back and read the classic and the pinnacle of this genre. I was at Target today when my husband who has been begging me to read this book and a few notable sci-fi novels saw a new Signet Classics cover of 1984. So I picked it up came home and started reading. I am really loving the world-building and the creepy factor that he wrote this in 1949 and so much of the technical gadgets are reality to us all now.
The thing that really got me thinking was the excerpt on the back where Orwell had called his novel a “Negative Utopia”. I like this term. I like it so much in fact that I want to use it someday in conversation. It’s one of those terms I keep on the back burner of my brain to use sometime when the need arises. What I want to know is why did we not coin this genre of books we are all wolfing down Negative Utopia, why did we go with Dystopia? Which apparently isn’t even a real word because it always has the red squiggly line under it.
Which do you like best and why?