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5 Upsides of Movie Dystopias

Hunger Games Reaping

YA movies usually portray the future as depressing dystopias ruled by oppressive regimes. But that’s only half the story! Truth is, a dystopia can offer an exciting, upbeat lifestyle if you just look at it the right way. And here’s how you do just that — these are the surprising benefits of living in a dark dystopia!

You always get chosen for something!

Hunger Games Reaping
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Tired of always being chosen last for sports, even if it’s a game of catch between you and your dad? In a dystopia, everyone will remind you that you’re The Chosen One. Soon you’ll receive all the attention in the world from supporters, detractors, and even two opposing love interests who you can barely tell apart except for the fact that one has slightly darker brown hair. And sure, being designated as the savior of society comes with a lot of responsibilities, but it certainly beats your dad saying, “maybe I’ll just bounce the ball off the garage door instead.”

There’s always something interesting “out there”!

Allegiant beyond the wall
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As any cat that has banged against a locked bathroom door will tell you, the places you’re not allowed to go are the places you most want to enter. Maybe it’s an intermittently electrified fence that stands between you and a vast wilderness of uncooked dinners. Maybe it’s a labyrinth you must solve only to find yourself in “Phase Two” of a lab experiment that never should have been Kickstarted. The point is, in a dystopia there is always some grand place to discover and lean more about yourself and the world (unless you get shot, crushed or nuked).

Life is always an exciting mystery!

Mortal Instruments Clary
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Tired of the same old thing, day after day? Then a dystopia is just the answer, because once you uncover one dark secret, you’ll keep finding more and more until you’re in too deep. Then you’ll meet a host of exciting new people, each with their own mysterious agendas that will almost certainly get you into greater trouble. Before you know it, you’re miles from home, you’re fighting for your life and the future of mankind, and you’re not wasting your days binge-watching Netflix.

You almost never have to deal with parental rules/ parental disapproval/ parental love!

Katniss Everdeen father
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Whether all the parents were killed in a cataclysmic war or were eliminated by the very plague that turned the world into the hell that it is, most dystopias are populated nearly exclusively by teens. No longer will you have a curfew (unless one is mandated by the tyrannical state). No longer will you be told who you can date (even though no one has time to date when combating the tyrannical state). And no longer will you be reprimanded for doing poorly in school (most likely because the tyrannical state has replaced schools with work camps). Instead it’s all fun, fun, fun ’til the drone war machine hunts you down.

You never have to take a history test!

The Giver Receiver of Memory
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You can’t have a history test if you don’t have any history! In a dystopia, the past is often lost to whatever caused the end of the world in the first place. Either way, you no longer have to remember facts, dates or formulas. You can just live in the moment! True, that very moment is unbearable, but when someone asks you “When was the Treaty of Ghent signed?” you can cheerfully reply, “Who cares? And do you know what ‘music’ was?”

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