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Nobody (Can Drag Me Down) - princess_hazza - 8k - Chapter 1/?

The Government are killing of innocent people just because they know too much, using their dead bodies to make scientific advancements no one outside of the Central City will ever see. Louis is the leader of a well know rebellion squad, always facing guards with a bored, cold expression. Harry is the only survivor of his squad, and Louis lets him into his squad and Harry makes him feel less alone. They learn to fight together and they learn to love together.

Niall always seems to get caught but he always escapes, yet no one really knows how. Sophia is a fighter, and is always helping Liam’s ass from being kicked. Liam is Sophia’s damsel in distress, but they both work together to fight for their cause. Zayn is a guard that helps Louis’ squad sneak into the Central City.

Title taken from Drag Me Down by One Direction

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Every time I see a post that says “replace all police with police dogs” I think about the mechanical hound from Fahrenheit 451 which was designed with the sole purpose of tracking down, subduing, and executing people, and it doesn’t seem like such a great prospect anymore because you know in this dystopia we live in we wouldn’t replace police with fluffy cute dogs, they would likely be death robots designed to kill people the second they disobey. Remember, there were police dogs during the civil rights marches, and they weren’t there to be cute and fluffy and help people.

Title: Can’t Go Back
Author: Me!
Pairings: KrisHo, HunHo, BaekSoo, ChenTao
Genre: Dystopia, angst, romance
Rating: Mature
Summary: Civilization is on its last legs. Do Kyungsoo and Byun Baekhyun have been forced to flee the safety of the cabin they’d commandeered when the world first ended. Kris Wu and Kim Junmyeon are in charge of an entire camp of scared survivors with very limited resources. Dr. Zhang Yixing is the leader of a group of desperate scientists on the Universal Disease and Catastrophe Team who will stop at nothing to find a cure and save humanity. Kim Jongdae will do whatever it takes to keep Huang Zitao away from the nightmare that awaits him inside UDACT’s headquarters… And all of them are running out of time.

Chapter 1 - “They weren’t the very last two men on earth but, damn, it sure felt like it.”
Chapter 2 -  “Whatever they’re grilling,” Baekhyun said, “it smells delicious.”
Chapter 3 - “If you were out there,” Luhan had said once when Yixing drank too much and started rambling about his existential crisis, “who would be in here working on the cure?”
Chapter 4 - “Kim Jongdae hadn’t ever been a Boy Scout but his uncle had taken him camping a few times and so he knew how to start a fire.” (COMING SOON)

(Cover made by the incomparable manips-r-us!!)

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

therehastobetexthere asked:

Im writing a story set in a dystopia, and i'm wondering if you would have any tips on how one would brainwash a society to total submission? Also im totally not an evil dictator.

The most effective dictator is NOT a scenery-chewing evil overlord, and the most effective brainwashing is gradual and subtle. Just a little evil and a lot of fear are all that seems to be required. Like the old story of the frog in the pot on the stove. Plunge him right into boiling water, and he’ll jump out. But sit him in nice, comfy water and gradually turn up the heat and soon enough, he’s cooked. 

Brainwashing is also called “thought reform,” which to me is a far scarier term, reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984. While there’s some discussion about whether brainwashing an individual requires torture, it generally requires an atmosphere of genuine fear. The political animal in me wants to whisper, if you are living in the United States, “just look around you,” and you’ll see signs of worrisome, major cultural changes, but I do realize many of our followers might not be old enough to remember much about the world before 9/11. In the interests of keeping this about writing, I won’t provide any links, but there’s plenty of intelligent journalism out there on this subject that a bit of googling should reveal. 

As for modes of transmission, we seem to have already developed a quite effective one. Though I would also add the echo-chamber-disinformation-station that is the Internet, too. 

I think a really effective dystopian leader might be one who doesn’t even realize s/he is leading people down the path toward totalitarianism. Evil is boring. Ignorant is what’s scary. 

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