Nope, we love ourselves a dark and oppressive dystopia. Books and cinema have a long history of it (1984, Blade Runner, Total Recall, 12 Monkeys, Children of Men et al) but lately a fad seems to be developing.
It started for me with The Hunger Games. I loved it, loved that a young adult fiction novel could deal with teen issues and set it against the downtrodden existence led by the people of Katniss Everdeen's world.
Then this year, Oblivion has been the first in a number of films to be released this year that deal with a dystopian future. And I'm looking forward to all of them!
Out now is After Earth, Will Smith's dad-and-son adventure on a long-abandoned Earth.
Just lately we've seen the trailer for Matt Damon in Elysium, set in a future where the rich live in paradise in space while the poor battle it out in ruined apocalyptic Earth.
And don't forget Ender's Game - another book-to-movie adaptation that's sure to do well.
Why do we love these horrible futures? Who knows. I think it's because we all love seeing heroes triumph over adversity, whatever the setting.
The wikipedia page on dystopian film is a good read, have a look.
I leave you with the latest trailer for Pacific Rim. Just because I think everyone should see it :)
Do you have a favorite dystopia?