The Appeal Of Doomsday Novels
The ongoing pandemic is a once-in-a-century event that has put the feeling of comfort at a premium. One such unexpected source of comfort is the relatively new genre of cli-fi, that is the dystopian world of climate fiction: stories related to environmental devastation revolving around either the pre-apocalyptic ‘before’ or the post-apocalyptic ‘after’.
This genre is a rising trend, with novels that offer climatic doom or widespread ecological calamities becoming award-winning bestsellers.
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Climate Fiction, or Cli-Fi is the latest hot trend in the literary world, and feels less like imagination and more like the near future.
We get the feeling that things could be much worse than now, when the outside world is almost dystopian and highly uncertain. The extreme bleakness in the hot-selling novels is complicated by the fact that the problems described are normalized in the minds of the reader.
Science fiction emerged about 300 years ago when science made great strides. Authors tried to understand their world by imagining a possible future.
Gulliver's Travels is the earliest science fiction. This satirical 1726 travel narrative is considered to be a precursor of the modern science fiction novel. Lemuel Gulliver encounters utopian and dystopian societies during his voyages. The novel describes scientists on islands whose experiments are pointless.
Authentic creativity has the power to be reinterpreted and reinvented by the reader. They offer an enticing ambiguity, a place where the reader can be friends with the characters and feel like spending more time inside.
A good creative work is like a mirror, reflecting the reader's imagination in a kaleidoscopic way.
Most of us have already heard about Jane Austen: she is a novel writer, whose masterpieces have proven timeless throughout centuries. When reading her novel 'Emma', one will certainly discover that the lesson to be learned is that, in life, the smallest things make the biggest differences.
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