I think a lot of it has to do with how connected people are these days on social media. I don’t know, I feel like younger people are much more aware of all the problems in the world outside of their own spheres than they were when I was a kid. Dystopian novels take a lot of current themes and a lot of current tragedies and geopolitical disasters, and kinda turn it into story form by projecting it into the future and giving you a chance to talk about it.
I think they identify with our own world sinking into complete despair; you know we see it in the news all the time, and this takes it to the next level. I think kids enjoy losing themselves in these potential futures where they could maybe save humanity from all the bad things going on.
My recent interview with James Dashner, writer of the Maze Runner series.
Sometime after this interview, James Dashner was dropped by both his publisher and his long-time agent because of harassment and abuse claims. Had I known about it before the interview took place, I would have, I suppose, made some attempt to raise the issue during our conversation. Or refused to do the interview in the first place, I’m not wholly sure.