In a recent interview with Variety, Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, the first dystopian novel everyone in a certain generation ever read, explains that she’s kind of over it.
People in the know say The Giver was the first young adult dystopian novel. I majored in English in college so I read the classic dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World. But apparently it hadn’t been done for kids before The Giver. So I’m not sure what happened between The Giver and maybe 15 years later when these others suddenly burst forth. Nobody copied The Giver. Those ideas are out there and emerge. But I’m glad it happened. Although there’s too many of them now. But I think that trend is ending. We’ll go on to the next trend and we all wish we knew what that was so we could go out and write it. Dystopian fiction is passé now.
Though it’s surprising to hear the “godmother of dystopian YA fiction” declare its death, calling dystopian fiction passé is a little, well, passé. A year ago, agent Josh Adams was telling Publisher’s Weekly that no one could sell anything with “even a whiff of dystopia about it.” Ouch. Read the whole interview with Lowry at Variety.