“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
― George Orwell, 1984
― George Orwell, 1984
“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself–anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face…; was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime…”
- George Orwell, ”1984″
I thought i would post a list of books which i would recommend people to read, based on the sort of thing they like!
If you want to read fiction from other cultures:
- I had always been curious about this book, having heard so much about it, and when i had the chance to choose my own topic for my undergraduate dissertation, i chose to study Dystopia in literature. As a result, i was able to study “1984″ and compare it to other dystopian fiction. It’s a very thought-provoking novel, and now i see what the fuss is all about. It really is a brilliant book, and the ideas are really unique and interesting.
- Considering i did my undergraduate degree dissertation on the subject of how realistic utopia is to create, and looking at dystopia as the opposite to a utopian world, i really didnt read enough into the subject. My main books were “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, “1984″ by George Orwell, “Herland” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “Utopia” by Thomas More, and i didn’t really read much else.
I love dystopian fiction, and i really want to read more books on the subject, such as “Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury, “The Children of Men” by PD James, and “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.
As it’s 2012 next year, and the year when the Mayans supposedly predict the world will end, dystopian fiction and films will inevitably become popular, and i want to be a step ahead!
I read an interesting article today about the advantages of writing in bed: The advantages of writing in bed – The Guardian. It describes how authors like George Orwell wrote in bed, and how the bed is the perfect place for reading and writing.
This made me think of where i like writing. The answer to this question: pretty much anywhere i get inspiration.
In the past i have had inspiration and started writing there and then, wherever i am. Of course, i don’t always have pen and paper on me, so occasionally i’ll write it as a note on my mobile phone so i don’t forget and put it down on paper as soon as i get hold of some.