1. I feel that the present situation has both Dystopian and Utopian possibilities. To me however, I feel this has slightly more dystopian connotations. It would be nice to think that the scare the COVID-19 epidemic is causing would be a means of influencing our country's leaders, and many of the world's for that matter, to see the flaws in our systems and to make things better. The issue is, I can't see this happening, at least not here in the United States. The main reason I think for this is that our government is completely divided on almost every aspect. This makes it hard for any actual laws or bills to pass that will actually aid the situation. For the most part, state governments have been doing a good job of keeping people quarantined and enforcing laws that will help to contain the spread of the virus, however, at the end of the day, should the worst imaginable situations we could be put in arise, our local governments will be incapable of providing the resources citizens need, and will rely on the powers and resources of the federal government to do so. Given that the federal government is so divided, and already is failing to pass laws due to the opposition of the two dominant political parties, it seems to me that the only way they will be capable of making strong decisions together is when they're forced to, which will only happen when the situation becomes worse than it already is. In other words, I lack faith that our local government will be able to unite and make decisions together for the people, and that by the time they actually do, it will be too late. If this were to happen, then when recounting the story, I would focus on the ways our government failed us, and therefore I would be mostly telling it from the third person omniscient perspective, referring to the government as "they, their, them, etc.". I think it would be neat to tell the story as a flashback, starting in the present, after the events of the epidemic, as that would be the part that whoever I'm telling the story to would likely already know much about, and therefore would make the ending anticlimactic. So I would begin in the preset, and then in flashback style hop back to the beginning of it all, and tell how it all lead to where we are now, including as much detail as possible.
2. My current favorite dystopian/utopian movie/book is The Walking Dead, which is both a TV series (film) and a comic book. The genre is, at base level, dystopian horror, but is equally a drama, with elements of suspense, action and science-fiction (virus outbreak that causes people to turn into zombies). At first, the focus is on surviving against the walkers (zombies) and simply surviving. However, as the caracters become more and more used to the world, killing and surviving against the walkers becomes an after-thought. The real danger becomes other humans. As they become more capable and comfortable in the present state of the world, they become more selfish, ambitious, and power-hungry. While the main characters are trying to survive and build a community for themselves, they are constantly in a struggle against members of their own group betraying them, as well as those in other groups who seek to control them. Against these other people, violence isn't always the answer. Trades have to be made, discussions and debates must unfold, and strategy is oft he utmost importance. What I like so much about this series is that it feels like, to me, a very real depiction of what would happen should such an event happen today. Many of the characters we grow to love die in seemingly very simple ways, because that's the way it is in their world. Small mistakes, betrayals, accidents, and nature all ravage the world and the characters. Despite this, the series still tells a full and encompassing story, so you never get too bored. The story does a great job of keeping you on edge because you never know what will be the plight of the main characters. Sometimes the characters succeed, sometimes they die, characters grow to both love and hate each other. It's raw and real-feeling, and that's what makes it so great to me. I would have to look more in-depth at it, both by finishing my reading of the comic and watching the show, but there's certainly many moments that are, at the least, metaphorical, but I'm not sure if the series as a whole goes into full-on allegory, since I haven't finished it. One thing that does feel metaphorical, which likely does encompass the whole series, is the idea of who really is the Walking Dead. While the obvious, face value answer is the zombies, I think the truer answer is the humans who are alive themselves. This is reinforced by the fact that all humans are presently infected with the virus, but it only activates when they die or get bitten by a walker. All humans who are technically alive are more or less already dead through their infection, and they are just biding their time until they become just like the billions of other walkers on the planet. Whether or not the humans work together, kill each other, or get killed by walkers, they will all die eventually, and eventually the whole world will become nothing but walkers. It's inevitable, and therefore the humans can be viewed as "The Walking Dead".