Rebellion and Speculative Fiction

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Rebellion and Speculative Fiction

Rebellion and Speculative Fiction

Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks at the Occupy Protests

Protesters from V For Vendetta wearing Guy Fawkes masks

Handmaids from The Handmaid's Tale

Women dressed as handmaids participating in an anti-facism protest

"Symbols are given power by people. Alone a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world."- V for Vendetta

Speculative fiction is a sub-genre of science fiction where the author imagines what the world and the people who live in it will be like in the future.

Many texts comment on the context of the world they were written in, and 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'V for Vendetta' are no exception.Both texts were written when major events were happening around the world. When 'V for Vendetta' was written as a graphic novel,the anti nuclear movement had been active for well over a decade, and the year 'The Handmaid's Tale' was written, the Anti Duvalier protests were occurring, among other events.

Black Lives Matter protests (via Sky News)

Anti Duvalier protests

Both of these texts carry a sombre warning; this could happen to you and your world. Both texts start seemingly normally, with links to the past that looks a lot like our own. However, they then deviate into the dystopian world they're bets known for, and the reader gets a shocking look into what the future could look like if we as a society aren't careful. Speculative fiction is both a call to arms and a warning, preparing people to ready themselves for when the fight comes and they have to defend their freedom.

Anti Nuclear Movement protest


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