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8 Weirdly Specific Things That Happen in Every Dystopian Novel



At least 80% of the names have to be weird.

Hardly anybody in dystopian lit is named Debbie or Tom. And if there is a Debbie and/or a Tom, it’s immediately followed up by Ambrose or Thaddeus or Sequoia. In The Hunger Games, you’ve got your Katnisses, your Peetas, your Haymitches, your Glimmers, your Cashmeres, and your Seneca Cranes. Under the Sky gives us Aria, Peregine, and Roar. In Unwind, you’ll find Roland, Hayden, Emby, Amp, and Cyrus. Uglies has Maddy and David, but it also has Tally, Peris, Shay, and Az. 

I guess what I’m saying here is that I wish I lived in a literary dystopia so that my name could be something like Echo or Hazelle or Chaos.

Topics: Books
Tags: harry potter, 1984, the hunger games, the maze runner, dystopian fiction, hunger games, the host, the giver, fahrenheit 451, divergent, tropes, dystopian ya, literary tropes, dystopian literature, things are capitalized so you know they're important

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