Now let’s get to talking about all things dystopian. I was tasked with the challenge of coming up with a list of 5 essentials in a dystopian romance. When I first got the topic of today’s post, I was a bit overwhelmed. What makes me an expert on the subject matter? Oh. Right. I have written two novels set in a dystopian future….I should know what I’m talking about.
5 Essentials of a Dystopian Romance
- Conformity v. Individuality: In any good dystopian book, the government follows the old adage, “For the Greater Good.” Whether it be as a result of war or the breakdown of the economy (or in some cases both), unrest is squashed by placing the needs of the society over the needs of the individual. Our heroes and heroines are those characters who learn the root word of the term selfish is self, and it’s not an entirely bad concept.
- The Outside World Can’t Be Trusted: There is a certain wildness attached to the lands outside government control in dystopian romances. It’s part of the appeal. It’s almost sublime. Many times the novel’s hero must travel to these “heathen” lands to find themselves. Often, for the many romance fans out there, it is during the journey to these places where things tend to heat up.
- You’re Being Watched: One of the reasons you find so many romances in dystopian literature is because of this very concept. It adds a certain danger to the relationships presented in the novels. Forbidden. Secret. Perhaps even a little shameful. Ultimately, it often adds a Romeo and Juliet tone to the love story, and this is something both writers and readers have fun with.
- Hits a Little too Close to Home: The reason why dystopians work is because they take some modern fear or concern and magnify it to an alarming degree. The Lost Souls Series explores issues of genetic mutations, cloning, and women’s rights.
- Bad-Ass-Ness: No one wants to read a story about two lame ducks, nobodies. We want to read stories about people who are extraordinary and do extraordinary things. Dystopians set the stage for bad-ass-ness. And when it comes to romance, who doesn’t love a bad ass?
About NATURALS: Ripped away from those she loves most, Tess is heartbroken as her small band of travelers reaches the Isolationist camp in the mysterious and barren Middlelands. Desperate to be reunited with James, the forbidden chosen one who stole her heart, she wants nothing to do with the rough Isolationists, who are without allegiance in the war between the Westerners and Easterners. But having their protection, especially for someone as powerful as Tess, may come at a cost.
When James returns, Tess’s world once again feels complete—until she discovers her sister, Louisa, has taken up her old post at Templeton, the dangerous chosen ones training center and the site of Tess’s loss of innocence. Tess will do anything to protect her loved ones—but will the price be more than she can give?
This second book in Tiffany Truitt’s dystopian series is a thought-provoking, thrilling story that asks who the true enemy really is—the chosen ones who are different, or the naturals…who are just like us.
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About Tiffany Truitt: Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author.