dystopias

Rec: No. 6
Title: No. 6
Author: Asano Atsuko
Format: Anime series
Published/Free: Published
Length: 11 episodes
Status: Complete
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Uh…blood (not a consistent amount or anything, there are just a couple scenes toward the end that get a little rough) oh and subtitles
Link: http://myanimelist.net/anime/10161/No.6
Summary: No.6 is a utopia, there is no poverty, there are no conflicts, there are no problems. You will live happily and peacefully within these safe walls, and you will wear this lovely bracelet that is your identity. Oh, and one last thing: if you doubt us, we won’t hesitate to eliminate you. Ignorance really is bliss.

On his 12th birthday, Shion hides and helps an injured Nezumi (“Rat”), a national criminal. This leads to being stripped of his rights to live in the upscale part of the city and qualification to enter higher education. There’s a time skip, and suddenly it’s four years later and instead of studying ecology, Shion’s a park worker. After witnessing two people strangely die, he’s taken away by the Bureau of Safety. At that point, he’s rescued and whisked away to the Western District to discover the truth about No.6.

Review: So i watched this without knowing it had slashy goodness and ohmagahdddd. It blew me away. This is not something to watch if you are looking for sexy timez but if you want a story, a great animation job, a dash of dystopia, and two boy kisses that make you work for it - don’t hesitate, watch. I was utterly enthralled throughout the series. The ending is a little weak, but that last few seconds gripped my heart, man. Just keep in mind I would have warned you if there was character death and ya’ll be fine.

P.S. Things that confused me a little at the beginning. Depending on where you watch the first episode, they call the character “Rat” by the name of “Mouse”. Just keep in mind they are the same person. I was also confused at first as to why the characters in the first episode didn’t look like characters in the pictures on the reviews and stuff. Its because there is a 4 year time skip between the first and second episode…and other plot relevant things.

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#pocbooklr HI!! It’s your favorite Asian here! Before anything else, can I just say how cool this tag is?! It’s probably one of the best things that’s ever happened on booklr. Anyway, I’m Reign, 18, I was born in the Philippines but I grew up in Spain, and now I’m in the U.S. I’m in college and I’m majoring in Communication Arts.

I love YA (obviously) and my favorite genre is Fantasy, but in these pics I’m holding one of my faves of the year, ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristil Terrill. It’s a standalone dystopia about time travel and it’s brilliant, I highly recommend it (I’m begging you to read it) and it’s so underrated. I also reaaaally love NA books like I have to remind myself sometimes that YA exists because I can read NA forever. My all time favorite series is the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare like they’re my number one.

I’m currently obsessed with the tv show Faking It, I love dark lipstick, I play the piano, I’m a red belter in TaeKwonDo, and I love being Asian! Like, I really love it. I’m proud of it. I don’t wish to be anything else despite the standards of beauty. I love my face. I love myself. And I love booklr. ❤️

So, I realised that I set the deadline really late (and during a time where I would most likely be on hiatus because of exams) so I am going to get this book club up and running now! 

I got way more submissions than I ever though possible, and it was really hard to narrow it down to only 10 people. So, congratulations on making it in, I have already sent you an email to join the network page (so check your emails, yo).

So here are the people already in the book club:

kingdorianhavilliard (Me-Michelle)

thewickedinstruments (Ali)

bookish-unicorn (Ale)

feyreheart (Aylin)

aelinrhysand (Kayla)

Welcome to:

anamanaguchi (Natasha)

magical-fae-dystopia (Anika)

avoiceemerging (Katherine)

the-wayward-prydonian (Claire)

wordbeatnotfound (Tine)

neithermortalnormuggle (Nora)

aelinashryveres (Maggi)

calcallore (Justina)

clarkegrifin (Megan)

pipergreenmantle (Anya)

So please check your emails and join the network page, follow the other people in the book club, and we’ll start reading our first book soon! 

(If you don’t get an email from me, submit the email address that you use to sign up for tumblr to me here)

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This is the last in our series about classic Dystopias, Dys/utopias, and Utopias. There are so many -pias.

In case you missed the last two, you can find our list of classic dystopias here and our classic utopias here.

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Rahm Emanuel proposes record-breaking set of tax hikes to save Chicago
Rahm Emanuel proposes record-breaking set of tax hikes to save Chicago

“This has been the standard playbook employed by virtually every destitute left-wing dystopia in the United States and, lo-and-behold, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing everything in his power to make sure his city follows suit.

He’s proposing a slew of new taxes, including a massive $500 million property tax increase - a modern-era record - which will fund “most” of next year’s city budget gap. As CBS Chicago reports, residents are less than thrilled”

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