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Fight the System: A Revolution in Pop Culture

Updated on May 5, 2014

Fighting the System

With the recent publicity of the Occupy Movement, and the notion of the 99% ;the movement or ideals of fighting the system have been renewed. Now people are opening their eyes to the possibility that they are being controlled by a much grander scheme than they ever thought possible. Is society controlled like a puppet?

I read most of these books when I was a teen, and present teens seem to have a renewed interest in this topic. The purpose of this lens is to share with you the reader a list of resources to compare our current society with certain science fictional ones from novels. Welcome to the dystopian World.

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1. 1984 - Written by George Orwell, and originally published in 1949 is about a future society that uses government surveillance, and mind control. This is the book that coined the term "Big Brother".

2. Brave New World - Written by Aldous Huxley, and published in 1932 portrays a future world that is controlled through pharmaceuticals and products. Those who do not follow the strict and "normal" society are considered savages. Other ideas such as population control and subliminal suggestion through advertisements are mentioned.

3. Dune - Not traditionally thought of as a government control type of novel, but if you have ever read this novel by Frank Herbert you will quickly see why I have included this in my list. Written in 1965 this novel portrays a universe ruled by an Emperor who uses schemes to manipulate and control the people. There are a whole series of these books.

4. The Hunger Games - A young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins portrays a post apocalyptic world ruled by "The Capital"(the 1%) where a young girl named Katniss decides to go against the system in their hunger games. This is the most recent of this type of book, and is a trilogy.

5. The Anarchist Cookbook- This book is a collection of different items such as ways to bring down businesses and ways to survive riots, etc. I figured I would add this just for the fun of it. I do not advise or support terrorism, and warn that some of the "recipes" included in this book are not suitable for children.

Another Dystopian Series To Check Out. - Y: the Last Man.

Set in a future where all the men (and all the creatures with a Y chromosome )are wiped out except a man and his monkey. This 10 volume collection follws Yorick on his misadventures to find the woman he loves while finding out the truth, and some things he would rather not know.

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned

The start of the series. All of the others are segmented by story lines. There are 10 volumes total.

 

Fact Time

Did you know....

that a flag flown upside down is a sign of a nation in distress.

Y: The Last Man - Fan Made Film

Uglies - by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies
Uglies

"In a world of extreme beauty. Anyone normal is ugly." Tally & Shay share the same birthday in a world where you become "pretty" at the age of sixteen. Normal people are considered ugly, and children leave their families at the age of 12 to live in dormatories until they then get plastic surgery at the age of sixteen to become a "pretty". Shay decides she does not want to live the life of a pretty and runs away. But that is just the begining of the story....

 

The Beatles - Revolution

A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange (Restored Text)
A Clockwork Orange (Restored Text)

Originally published in 1962 this book is still found fascinating, and popular to read. Made famous by the film of the same title by Stanley Kubrick. This version is as the co-author thought that Burgess intended the book to be, as he combines 3 different versions that were available in print to make this new and fully complete version.

In this future dystopian society we meet a young man named Alex. In his world extreme teen rebellion and violence is cool. Soon he is reconditioned, and we see how the therapy has managed to destroy who he was as a person.

 

V for Vendetta - Deluxe Collector Set

Made into a feature film, this set includes the graphic novel and a mask.

V for Vendetta Deluxe Collector Set, Book and Mask Set
V for Vendetta Deluxe Collector Set, Book and Mask Set

Set in a world that has been compared by some to "1984" a world of no political freedom, and run by a religious world leader clamps down. A man whose name is simply V seeks to destroy the foundations of this facist government and freeing the people. He meets a young girl named Evie, to teach the truth of the government to, and pass on his legacy.

 

Watchmen

Watchmen
Watchmen

A world where superpowered individuals are real, and protect the nation. But when they get out of hand who stops them? Filled with themes such as arms control, vigilanties, nuclear armament, social and poilitcal commentary

 

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      James Jordan 4 years ago from Burbank, CA

      some of my favorite books!

    • SandraWilson LM profile image

      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

      I had not heard of some of these books. Thanks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes ages ago but sometimes I do not use my voice at least not all the time.

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      NC Shepherd 5 years ago

      Those are some great book choices!

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      titanslayer 5 years ago

      I am going to have to get, "The Anarchist Cookbook" now.

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      KeepingItSimple1 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Love Aldous Huxley... keep it real! :)