I am so excited to be participating in Dystopian Survival Week. I have been enjoying dystopian fiction since long before I knew it was a genre. I remember watching the TV movie based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale when I was too young to really get it – and yet I was enthralled and terrified by the idea of these women being entrapped not in some historical society, but in some possible future.
When I had to choose a theme for my blog post and challenge this week, there was no question. It had to be related to the role of women and girls in dystopian fiction.
A look at dystopian novels throughout the years shows they were dominated by men(written by and about) for the most part until approximately 10 years ago. (This is nowhere near a complete list, but arguably representative). But all of a sudden, women are writing dystopia about women and for women. And not even for women as much as for girls. And it is working. Why?
Personally, I am constantly amazed by the strong female characters I see in dystopian novels. Does the setting allow authors to create a strong and independent character easier than other contemporary settings? Is it more acceptable to readers that a woman/girl would shun romantic ideals and fight for herself only if the world has been turned upside-down? And if so… what does that really say about our society?
So my challenge to you is twofold:
1. Tell me why you think dystopian fiction features so many kick-ass female characters.
2. Tell me who your favourite female dystopian hero is, and why she is awesome.
oh and …
3. Do it all in 100 words or less.
Leave your answer in the comments below Contest is open to residents of the US and Canada, and runs until midnight (AST) on Monday, April 30.
The randomly selected winner gets a copy of Blood Red Road by Moira Young – which features my favourite female dystopian star: Saba.
Saba amazed me. Strong, stubborn and proud. Selfish, and even cruel. But in her struggle to save her twin brother Lugh, she learns valuable lessons, including how to open herself up to others and how to ask for and accept help.
After you’ve entered here, be sure to check out the other participants in Dystopian Survival Week, and enter their contests as well.
Seeing Night Reviews – Will host the Dystopian Image Scramble Challenge (Giving away: Insurgent)
EM Castellan – Guess that Quote Challenge (Giveaway: The Knife of Never Letting Go)