10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore
“Today’s genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to.”
Hopefully, paying attention to history means doing more than having a character mention a pithy quote out of the past and then go ahead as though s/he didn’t know anything about the past.
My favorite dystopian novel, after many years, is still “Earth Abides.” It’s not a bad model for authors.