dystopias

samebutharold asked:

dystopia AU - zarry !

  • Harry dreams of songs, sometimes. Of a voice. Not the sort of song they’re supposed to hear, to sing, but songs with a deep throbbing bass that makes something in him pulse too, low and dirty and all those things you aren’t supposed to feel, that make you unproductive and selfish. 
  • Zayn knows there’s something wrong with him from the day he was born. He never quite fit in, and what’s more, he’s never wanted to. He’s sixteen when he gets the first bit of ink etched onto his skin, sneaking off to a place where cameras can’t follow. It’s a declaration, of sorts, even if he knows it’s stupid to make one so visible. but he needs something to remember, that he wants more than what he’s supposed to. 
  • They’ve known each other since they were kids, in an incidental sort of way. But Zayn’s always been solitary, wary of anyone who fits in even while trying not to draw attention to how he doesn’t, and Harry’s the poster child of everything they’re supposed to be. So they don’t really say anything until one day, Harry happens to get a glimpse of a line of ink on Zayn’s back, where he shouldn’t have been looking anyway. He should mention it to a Proctor, he knows–but it makes him feel like the music in his dreams, and so he doesn’t. 
  • Zayn’s wary of Harry’s interest, sure he’s going to turn him in for his rebellious tendencies. But then one day Zayn hears Harry humming, as they walk through the streets together, and even though Harry stops as soon as he notices what he’s doing, Zayn knows then that Harry doesn’t fit either. 
  • Zayn kisses Harry after the first meeting he takes Harry too, in the shadows where Zayn knows there’s a dark spot in the cameras. Harry just blinks at him when Zayn tugs him into the shadows, not knowing what he’s asking for, what he wants–but when Zayn kisses him suddenly he knows, and he’s kissing back. This is the music in his dreams, he thinks. This is what he’s not supposed to know. And maybe there’s a reason for that, because nothing else matters to him in those moments other than Zayn, and that’s not allowed, and Harry doesn’t care. 
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Looking Forward

“Lils, have you ever thought about the future?”
“Like, possible dystopia or wonderful life with a wonderful woman?”
-laughs- “You say that like the two are mutually exclusive possibilities”
“Oh, but they are. See, I have this plan. After the zombies attack and society begins to rebuild, I am going to be a lone wolf rebel. I can’t be held down by petty emotions such as love. At least… Not till I have had an adequately angsty and broody plotline in an attempt to bring depth to my character”
“Well, then, I have to have a relationship with someone who dies. Drama, broken hearts, and then the brooding main character comes to pick up the pieces… Only to be rejected as I rebuild on my own. I don’t need more heartbreak from a reckless hero who will ride off to her death to save me.”
“We’re doomed, aren’t we?”
“Absolutely and completely”

The Threat of the Internet

“The world is not sliding, but galloping into a new transnational dystopia. This development has not been properly recognized outside of national security circles. It has been hidden by secrecy, complexity and scale. The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.

These transformations have come about silently, because those who know what is going on work in the global surveillance industry and have no incentives to speak out. Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.

While many writers have considered what the internet means for global civilization, they are wrong. They are wrong because they do not have the sense of perspective that direct experience brings. They are wrong because they have never met the enemy.”

(Julian Assange, ‘Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet’)

Strangely specific Au's I've had floatin' around

- Person A is high up in the Roman Govt. at about the time it begins to crumble when hey hoo someone picks up person B as a runaway slave which is given to person A and surprise person B is Germanic royalty or some other shit

-Person A is a detective that gets called to the scene where person B was drowned or some other shit but a while back person A was already in a relationship with person B, but the real sinker is when there is a newly dead body it’s spirit can attach to a person either closest to the body or if they actually had a connection with the person. Run with it

- Hey Hi it’s a stereotypic dystopia where person A and B are working together when they get enlisted into an army of sorts for a ruling government

-Person A is a hired sword person in the dark ages or something and person B is either a thief or works in a brothel depends on what type of fic it is man

-Person A and B are both immortal and run into each other at random since they aren’t even supposed to be possible so time keeps popping them in random places trying to fix itself but hey man they’re in love and it’s really fuckin sad since they can’t stay with each other for more than 24 hours  

- Person A is a private investigator in the 1940’s or so and they get a letter from person B that there’s weird stuff going down and they need their help. Person A gets to the place which turns out to be a manor type and no one is around. Person A breaks in and snoops around until they witness the strange happenings and run into person B. Run with it

It’s not much but it’d be cool to see other people’s ideas if they want

outlaws“ is the latest re-imagination of classic folklore and myths, being produced by warner brothers.  it will be a trilogy series of an original work. the cast has just been announced, and will begin shooting summer of 2016. ”outlaws“ is set in a modernized dystopia (think syfy’s “alice” mini-series), weaving the popular legends of robin hood and king arthur’s court. (i will be releasing the full movie descriptions for the character descriptions on the actual site, since i wrote a novel basically after re-tooling the idea i created almost five years ago.)

  • arthur pendragon (mid-twenties/m) - reid atwell
  • merlin emrys (mid-twenties/m) - name here
  • robin locksley (late twenties/m) - aidan healy
  • marian leaford (mid-twenties/f) - bridget donoghue
  • morgan pendragon (mid-twenties/f) - name here
  • uther pendragon (early-fifties/m) - name here
  • lance nottingham (late twenties/m) - owen wolf
  • guinevere leaford (late twenties/f) - tabby hart
  • john littleton (early-thirties/m) - name here
  • conrad nottingham (late forties/m) - name here
  • morgause pendragon (early thirties/f) - name here
  • nimueh (early-twenties/f) - name here
  • igraine pendragon (late twenties/f) - name here
  • alan-a-dale (early thirties/m) - name here
  • wil scarlet (early twenties/m) - lyle bennett
  • friar tuck (mid thirties/m) - name here

  • director - name here
  • writer - name here
  • writer - name here
  • executive producer - name here
  • soundtrack - name here
Some thoughts on Harry Potter as a dystopia.
fractalresilience replied to your postFive dystopias you find particularly interesting...

Interesting, why do you consider harry potter is a dystopia?

I find it impossible to think of Harry Potter as anything BUT a dystopia. Even Hogwarts itself is a dystopia.

Children are segregated based on a personality test at age 11, and then left to fulfill roles that were set out a thousand years ago, leading to cultural divides that continue for the rest of their lives. The Hogwarts house system is one of the main foundations of the pureblood/muggleborn conflict. And I haven’t even gotten into how Hogwarts is run, how useful it is as a tool for preparing people for adult life, and how dangerous it is to live there.

As for Wizarding Britain at large:

  • There’s no evidence that the Ministry of Magic is organized by anything other than cronyism.
  • The Minister for Magic is not a democratically elected leader.
  • Voldemort easily finds a foothold in mainstream society (even within living memory of his last reign of terror!) and his supporters easily infiltrate the government and implement all sorts of nightmarish and bigoted policies.
  • Azkaban,
  • We rarely see people working to innovate any aspect of wizarding society, with the exception of eccentrics like the Weasley Twins or Luna Lovegood.
  • Wizarding society is so isolated that purebloods find it strange if a witch or wizard takes much interest in muggle culture, even if they are muggleborn.
  • Umbridge is allowed to torture children and spread propaganda at the only major educational institution in the country.
  • There’s a huge amount of discrimination relating to non-human races, particularly House Elf slavery.

I could go on at some length on this topic, but instead I’ll finish with my pet theory: that Wizarding Britain is so fucked up that the rest of the wizarding world has just given up on it.

We know from the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament that there are plenty of magical cultures all over the world, but Britain receives NO kind of international help when Voldemort is on the rise or when the Ministry of Magic is in turmoil.

Obviously the “real” explanation is that the Voldemort/Harry/Hogwarts narrative must to be isolated for Harry’s story to be told… but I still quite like the explanation that Wizarding Britain has been abandoned by the rest of the world. Their society has become so warped, so backward and so beholden to irrational beliefs and traditions that other international wizarding powers have decided the situation is unsalvageable.

There’s no point in stepping in to get rid of Voldemort unless he becomes a threat overseas, because another Dark Lord will probably rise up in a few years anyway. And Wizarding Britain seems functionally incapable of defending itself from this threat without the help of Harry and his team of teen sidekicks – who by the end of the series are all suffering from PTSD because they have spent their formative years fighting in a dystopian war.

(P.S. Even if my pet theory ISN’T true, then the international wizarding community must still have SOME reason not to step in and help Britain fight back against Voldemort. Which, in itself, makes the world of Harry Potter seem even more dystopian than before.)

The more I write stories for young people, and the more young readers I meet, the more I’m struck by how much kids long to see themselves in stories. To see their identities and perspectives—their avatars—on the page. Not as issues to be addressed or as icons for social commentary, but simply as people who get to do cool things in amazing worlds. Yes, all the ‘issue’ books are great and have a place in literature, but it’s a different and wildly joyous gift to find yourself on the pages of an entertainment, experiencing the thrills and chills of a world more adventurous than our own.

And when you see that as a writer, you quickly realize that you don’t want to be the jerk who says to a young reader, 'Sorry, kid. You don’t get to exist in this story; you’re too different.’ You don’t want to be part of our present dystopia that tells kids that if they just stopped being who they are they could have a story written about them, too. That’s the role of the bad guy in the dystopian stories, right? Given a choice, I’d rather be the storyteller who says every kid can have a chance to star.

—  Paolo Bacigalupi, Straight-Laced Dystopias

I think when white guys think of affirmative action and equal hiring, they think that means “hiring incompetent people.” They imagine these offices filled with people of color who don’t know what a spreadsheet is, women staring blankly at computers and tentatively batting at the keyboard, gay people smearing paint on the walls with both hands

Companies lose millions of dollars due to hiring basically human cats. Cities grind to a halt. The International Space Station plunges into the sea. WE’VE MADE A TERRIBLE MISTAKE WE SHOULD HAVE HIRED A WHITE MAN