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8 Weirdly Specific Things That Happen in Every Dystopian Novel



There's a ceremony that determines your entire identity.

Think the Choosing Ceremony in Divergent, the Ceremony of Twelve in The Giver, and the graduation ceremony in The City of Ember.

The ceremony tells you which thing you are, and nobody is ever more than one thing unless you’re the protagonist. As someone who takes online personality quizzes like it’s her job, I understand why this is a popular literary mechanic. We’re all directionless, amorphous human blobs just hoping someone will tell us who we are and what we should be doing, and it would be far easier if some higher power could sort us into arbitrary categories.

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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