Creating Hopeful Futures

I’ve made no secret in the past that I prefer my futures to be hopeful and absolutely abhor anything that is Dystopian.

Dystopia is the polar opposite of Utopia in that while utopian worlds are perfect, dystopian worlds are full of bad bad things that make you weep and cry. I don’t like that because I want to lift people up, not give them more reasons to be angry and upset. Or worse.

Don’t misunderstand me, perfect worlds exist about as realistically as worlds where everything has completely gone to crap. Yet, we all (myself included) find ourselves drawn to those dark places where daily living is a struggle for survival and death lurks around every corner. I’m just glad that I have my warm surroundings and don’t have to kill for my dinner…hehe.

A story without hope somewhere in it is a story that I feel will ultimately go nowhere. Why? Because I believe that even the most jaded of readers want to see a good old-fashioned story where the Hero/Heroine beats the Bad Guy/Girl and turns things around for the better. It’s ingrained in our nature to root for the good ones and boo the bad ones. Now, before you bring up “The Market”, let me state that attitudes and tastes change so if you’re using that a barometer, good luck because by the time you get that argument past your lips a change has probably already taken place.

As I have stated many times in the past, I’m not here to tell you how to write your stories. I merely share my opinions and experiences for whatever value they may bring to the table.

I like fictional worlds that have a few festering issues lingering just out of sight. It makes them interesting to me. Thanks for your time. 🙂


6 thoughts on “Creating Hopeful Futures

  1. Dystopia is dead. I absolutely would bet money that we’re going to see a huge swing in the other direction these next few years. Hopeful, uplifting, man overcoming the system stories that have a pro-science message (instead of the “science makes everything go evil!” message that’s been permeating every story the past couple decades). You can already see it in film, as “Gravity,” “Interstellar,” and “The Martian” have all been this type of story (and obviously, The Martian was a book first.) I don’t think we’ll see stories about perfect worlds and utopias, as a world without conflict is boring. But yeah…it’s going to be about hope instead of uber-realism and despair. Fiction is going to get more idealistic again.

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