The Funniest Dystopian YA Clichés from Parody Twitter Account @DystopianYA

Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 12:57PM
The Hunger Games
Divergent
The Maze Runner
Thursday, 12 February 2015 - 12:57PM
The Funniest Dystopian YA Clichés from Parody Twitter Account @DystopianYA

Recent popular YA novels/adaptations tend to look like a paint-by-numbers in novel format; "relatable" protagonist (read: protagonist with no personality other than being "special"), oppressive government that attempts to quash individuality, social strata that suspiciously resemble high school cliques, and the melodramatic single-handed overthrow in the name of "freedom" and "independence" and sometimes "true love." Now, hilarious writer and comedian Dana Schwartz (who is responsible for the equally brilliant @GuyinYourMFA) has created a parody Twitter account that rips all of these YA clichés to shreds.

 

Here are the funniest and most hackneyed dystopian YA clichés, and their worst real-life offenders:

 

Young Protagonist Saves the World with "Specialness"

 

Worst offenders: All of them really, but Divergent, The Giver, The Maze Runner

 

 

 

The Mean Grown-Ups Are Trying to Label Me, But I Won't Let Them!

 

Worst offenders: Divergent, The Giver

 

 

 

 

 

There must be more than this provincial life!

 

Worst offenders: The Giver, The Maze Runner

 

 

Capitalizing normal English words as a means of "world-building"

 

Worst offenders: The Maze Runner, Divergent

 

 

 

 

 

Ridiculous wish-fulfillment love stories involving female protagonist with no personality

 

Worst offenders: Twilight, The Hunger Games

 

 

Even the names are melodramatic

 

Worst offenders: The Hunger Games, Divergent

 

 

 

 

 

Cute child that dies or almost dies = character development

 

Worst offenders: The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner

 

Science Fiction
Sci-Fi Books
The Hunger Games
Divergent
The Maze Runner

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