Dystopian is the new thing. It’s exciting, it’s exhilarating and with little bit of romance, it makes the perfect genre. And dystopian teenage fiction, almost always has a full fledged rebellion. And what is more inspiring than a rebellion by a bunch of teenagers? I’ll tell you. Nothing.
If you born in the 20th century I bet you’ve either read or watched The Hunger Games. Or you probably have friends who’re gung-ho about it. No one can resist Katniss Everdeen. Now this fictional female protagonist has played a major role in the life of any person who has read it. If it’s not Katniss Everdeen then maybe it’s Tris Prior, or Hazel Grace. Clary Fray?
Harry Potter. A name every child is familiar with whether you’re a real person, a muggle or a wizard. Harry potter is famous in the wizarding world, as he is in our mundane world. My childhood would have been very different if I hadn’t been introduced to Harry. Now he’s such a close friend of mine, I can’t imagine not knowing him. We all have that one friend and if we’re lucky more than one, who we’re so close too, who has shared so many memories with us and we can’t imagine not knowing that person because they’re an integral part of our life. Well Harry, Ron and Hermione are my childhood. And I’m not the only one. The Harry Potter fandom is without a doubt the biggest fandom that exists. But it’s not about how big your fandom is, or how many you are a part of. It’s about how intimately we tie our identities to our fandoms. Whether it’s One Direction, Doctor Who, Percy Jackson, or even Chelsea, fandoms are important. Whether you’re antisocial and locked up in your room talking to cyber friends (of the same fandom) or you’re out somewhere socialising these fictional characters or celebrities are at the back of your mind.
And if you think about how much have your randoms impacted you? Look back and see, if you changed somewhere along the way. If your ideals became what your hero’s ideals were, if you began using the same phrases your favourite characters used, if you started liking what your characters liked. Because whether we realise it or not, social media, movies, and books have a way of seeping into our subconscious and altering us along the way.
Like Tessa Gray said, “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”