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dystopian

by Terrance Mc Arthur



There’s an old joke among librarians, “Public libraries would be so much better if we could just get rid of the public.” What if…the world was ruled by the Library, private ownership of books was a death-penalty crime, and books and authors that went against Library interpretations of what should and should not be known disappeared, frequently?

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Equals: A New Type of Sci-Fi Film?

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andMovies
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by Maria Rosemary


Utopian themes have always been a part of the sci-fi genre, but in recent decades the dystopian world is quickly taking its place. From the brutal matches of The Hunger Games to the classically sinister tones of 12 Monkeys, dystopian world views have quickly become the norm for filmmakers. Case in point, the unique and sometimes disturbing elements found in the 2015 film Equals. This fascinating yet flawed case study, produced by A24 Films and DirecTV, highlights everything that’s right and wrong about this thriving genre.

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by Maria Rosemary


The 5th Wave is the latest in dystopian science fiction thrillers that originally began as a young adult book series. What sets it apart from its compatriots is the method by which society falls apart. Playing off today’s fears of disease, climate change and failing infrastructure in a way that is both relatable and chilling, the invading aliens responsible for the destruction come as a mere afterthought as the chaos and drama unfolds.

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Insurgent: Movie Review

IN THE March 25 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJessica Ham,
andMovies
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by Jessica Ham



I love the Divergent book series so I was very excited for the second installment in the movie franchise. The first movie was faithful to the book almost completely so I knew the director knew what he was doing. >em>Insurgent was an intense, romantic, and amazing movie and I could gush about it for hours. There were some parts of the book they left out but the basic storyline still rang true.

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The Maze Runner Movie Review

IN THE September 29 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMovies
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Maze Runner is the latest in the onslaught of Young Adult dystopian Sci-Fi being turned into movies, and I’d have to say that so far it has been my favorite.

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Divergent: Movie Review

IN THE March 31 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andJessica Ham,
andMovies
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by Jessica Runnels



The Dystopian genre is very popular nowadays. A new way of running the world, a hero who fights against the new system, who wouldn’t love that? If you do love those things then Divergent is the right movie for you. It has action, romance, and a brave heroine, everything you could want in a movie.

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