anonymous asked:

I've been an avid reader of Dystopia for years (ever since picking up The Handmaid's Tale aged 12 or so) and have wanted to attempt writing the genre for a while. Currently, I'm mainly a chick lit/cont romance author, so do you have any tips as how to start writing dystopia? For example, which tropes and cliche to avoid etc

Check out some of our genre helpers in dystopia for a starting point. 

Passing reminder to all followers that these people have offered themselves as resources for particular genres, so feel free to reach out to them with specific questions, especially since sometimes it takes us here at TWH a while to reply to some questions that they may be better able to field.

Lots of good reading lately. 

I’ve made a conscious effort read as many female authors this year as male (thank you to those of you who called me out my dude-heavy reading list from last year). I blew through Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s modern masterpiece Americanah and followed it with with the classic masterpiece, To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. I finally discovered for myself the brilliance of Margaret Atwood with Oryx and Crake and The Handmaid’s Tale. Why did nobody tell me what I was missing out on with Atwood?!

I re-read Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, which was a much different experience than when I read it as a teenager. I went from disliking the protagonist to absolutely loathing him. I trudged through Ayn Rand’s Anthem, because, I don’t know… I’m a glutton for punishment. It’s about as unbearable as Atlas Shrugged, but fortunately it’s 992 pages shorter.

James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk is heart-wrenching, but a must read–and sadly, as relevant as when Baldwin wrote it in 1974. Walter Tevis’s The Hustler was as brilliant as the Paul Newman film adapted from it. Baratunde R. Thurston’s How to Be Black was as enlightening as it was funny. I didn’t dig Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End as much as I thought I would, but still liked it–and I finished Andy Weir’s The Martian yesterday (soon to be a Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon, apparently) to continue with the sci-fi theme. I can’t imagine the amount of research that must have went into writing this, but Jesus, the protagonist was so goddamn annoying, it had to be deliberate (yay!).

I’m looking for some summer reads. What’s everybody else reading? Send some suggestions my way, y’all.

Quote from The Handmaids Tale

It keeps me going through the day! Photo is from the day I got it done at Dark Arts in Warrington, England


Favourite Books → The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

“Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit can who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”


Welcome to Day 10 of my 12 days of Bookmas! 

Every day for 12 days I will be giving a list of book gift recommendations. Enjoy.

Ten Dystopias

1. 1984 by George Orwell Popular Penguins Edition

2. The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Paperback Boxset

3. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood The Folio Society Edition

4. His Dark Materials Omnibus by Philip Pullman Hardback Edition

5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Vintage Classics 3D cover edition

6. The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness, Hardcover Editions of The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men

7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Harper Voyager Clothbound Classics Edition

8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown Hardback Edition

9. The Chrysalids by John Wyndham Penguin Modern Classics Edition

10. The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry Hardcover Omnibus

BOOK MEME 10 favourite books
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

“I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement of the accomplishment of my will…now the flesh arranges itself differently. I’m a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within it’s translucent wrapping.“

Whenever I see the “some people can’t get pregnant and want your baby!!!1!1” anti-choice argument I immediately think of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Is that the world you want anti-choicers? A world where fertile people are passed around as property, as brood mares? Where only those who’ve had children are worth anything? What the hell is wrong with you?!? Why would you want a dystopian world?