Dystopian fiction is a genre of its own and presents horror, unlike in scary movies. It’s the exact opposite of utopia, where society is in ruins and far from the ideal. Ironically, it can be a rattling world to get lost in when you want to escape reality and be shaken up a little. Here are some riveting series to get you started.
As if we weren’t already aware of how harmful social media and technology are in general, Black Mirror taps into disturbing truths about today’s society. The British anthology’s creator, Charlie Booker, even confirmed we won’t see new episodes soon because this whole pandemic eerily feels like an episode of the series.
The series is fast-paced and takes place seven years after the world became a frozen wasteland. Survivors of this sci-fi world build their reality on the Snowpiercer — a super-train that perpetually circles the globe — and live in a class divide. If you liked the graphic novel and film of the same title directed by Bong Joon-ho, you’ll appreciate the storytelling in this, too.
What happens when high school students are left to their own devices in an empty town? Everyone else has disappeared, and chaos ensues as they navigate life through a lawless, dead-end place. Unfortunately, Netflix canceled after just one season, but fans of the show are relentless about a renewal.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood is this gripping dystopian series that tackles various societal issues. The story follows June (played by Elisabeth Moss), a woman forced to become a ‘handmaid’ under a new regime. Trigger warning: the show includes themes about rape, violence, and slavery, so it’s not for the faint of heart.
Dystopian shows are not for everyone but essentially provide a critical reflection of the current political climate. Sometimes, a glimpse into the alternative universe makes real life a little more tolerable.