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What Occupy can learn from Dystopian Fiction, Like, HUNGER GAMES

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Image from a quicklink A smart article that ties OWS to new genres.

It's fitting that the Occupy movement should have drawn inspiration from dystopian fiction, an increasingly popular genre for teens and young adults in particular. If, as Time magazine suggests, the person of the year was the Protester, the publishing phenomenon was the Dystopia -- the story of the dissenter in a repressive society who becomes a revolutionary.

All of these books feature adolescent protagonists who, at a crucial point in their lives (usually an adult-initiation process of some kind), reject the limited choices they're offered and learn self-sufficiency instead. They pull together support from other outsider teens and some adults and make difficult decisions that open the door to a new and better way of life. Thus, they avert catastrophe and avoidthe trap of the minimum-wage, dead-end job -- or its near-future equivalent.

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