||[Oct. 14th, 2011|09:46 am]
"Ustopia is a word I made up by combining utopia and dystopia – the imagined perfect society and the opposite – because, in my view, each contains a latent version of the other... But any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and – in relation to maps – what shape it is? For unless we readers can believe in the ustopia as a potentially mappable place, we will not suspend our disbelief willingly."
Utopias and dystopias each contains a latent version of the other
Any writer of ustopias has to answer three necessary questions: where is it, when is it, and what shape it is?
A perfectly reasonable portmanteau term
Argh! My eyes, my eyes!
"Ustopia" is either gibberish, or it's a weird half-Greek, half-English way of saying "our place" and belongs on either a country cottage or the coat of arms of an insular people or nation.
I love the way fannish minds work! The perfect answer...
I've seen plenty of arguments over whether Brave New World is a utopia or a dystopia.
But does 1984 really contain a latent utopia?
According to Atwood: ""utopia is present, though minimally, in the form of an antique glass paperweight and a little woodland glade beside a stream". I don't find this terribly persuasive.
That's not utopia, that's somewhere nice.
I _think_ from that context that she means that a dystopia isn't truly dystopian unless it contains fragments of a utopia to remind people of what they're missing.
But I could be wrong, and I think she is too :->