I’ve just finished Matched by Allyson Condie which is a dystopian novel (they’re popular right now). The rulers of the society thought their culture was too crowded and they formed a committee to weed it out. They picked what they thought were the 100 best poems, pictures, etc and everything else was destroyed. Early in the novel the MC said something to the effect of How can we appreciate anything fully when overwhelmed with too much?
We live in an age when we have a lot of literature available on the internet, ebooks, traditional and self publishing. I know there are books out there that I could love, that would touch my soul, but that I will never find because there are so many choices. But to have someone else limit my choices according to their tastes is not an option. There’s been a big blow up about the article claiming the YA genre is too dark. The general outcry has been that people need choices. Not every person is the same and it is not right for someone else to choose for everyone.
Having your right to choose taken away is a recurring theme in most dystopian novels. Do you think that is what humans fear most? Besides loss of family and friends that is? And how do you find what you love in the myriad of choices?