1. I believe the current COVID-19 virus situation could be viewed as either utopian or dystopian depending on whether one’s worldview is optimistic or pessimistic. You know, “Is the glass half-full or half-empty?” Personally, I always try to stay optimistic in the worst of situations so that my mental health doesn’t take a toll. It’s easier to remind myself that everything will be okay rather than to constantly worry of the many ways this virus has negatively impacted myself and my loved ones. I have seen much good happening in the world right now despite the virus which allows me to think that our current situation does have utopian possibilities. From the many people adopting/fostering animals from closing shelters to the many who are voluntarily helping our elders when they need it the most, I have no doubt that we can get through this difficult time together. If I were to tell this experience as a story many decades in the future, I would probably narrate it from a first-person point of view. I would narrate it in this pov because I would want the story to be rather personal. Despite how similar everyone’s situation may be (lay-offs, unemployment, work-from-home, difficulty grocery shopping, etc.), how I perceive the situation could be totally different from that of someone else. Therefore, I think it would be best to share from my personal experience and allow others to share theirs as well.
2. A favorite dystopian movie/book of mine is the Divergent series written by Veronica Roth. As a hopeless romantic, I love the relationship that formed over time between Tris and Four. Dystopian wise, I was intrigued by the fact that in this particular futuristic world, society is divided into five ‘factions.’ And after one reaches adulthood, one must commit to only one faction for life. That would be like us choosing a career and being forced to stick to it forever. Seeing as I have changed what I’d like to do career-wise many times, that would serve as an issue for me. Our interests and hobbies change as we grow older, so it’s nice that we have the option to change our career by going back to school or learning a new trade. In this futuristic world, one wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so.