Once the dystopian genre gained its actual shape in literature, during the first decades of the twentieth century several concepts appeared constantly in most of this kind of novels. A common topic has been the dissidence of the main character, who at the initial stage of the plot is a strong supporter of the ideals of the state he/she lives in. Hence, such kind of power, at first caring and protective, turns into a pursuing machine with the aim of eradicating any alternative thinking. Furthermore, since the fifties, films based on this literary genre have also adapted the evolution from love to hate towards the totalitarian state, that must bring the new dissident back under the protection of power. My purpose in this essay is to show some instances of this change in dystopian literature and cinema along different periods of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, in order to prove that the idea is still worth studying, as writers and directors have kept it as an important axis of the plot.
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Angel Galdón Rodríguez
Angel Galdón Rodríguez (Madrid, 1984) is a PhD. Candidate at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Faculty of Humanities of Albacete (Spain), where he got his Bachelor degree in Humanities (2007). His field of research includes contemporary literature in English. He is currently working on his thesis on the influence of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four on mass culture, focusing on movies, television and comics. He has applied this modern understanding of comparative literature and mass culture to other authors, like Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Paul Auster or Irving Welsh.
Galdón Rodríguez, Angel. 2010. «Starting to Hate the State: The Beginning of the Character’s Dissidence in Dystopian Literature and Films». Altre Modernità, n. 3 (marzo):166-73. https://doi.org/10.13130/2035-7680/521.