Friday, January 29, 2016
Young Adult Dystopian Fiction is How Millennials Are Preparing for War
The forces who want the next big war get louder each day.
Young adults are preparing themselves by absorbing story after story about kids being called on to fight a great evil and save the remnant of civilization. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Divergent, The Fifth Wave, and many more show the huge market for this fantasy.
The good thing about these stories is that they prepare young people to fight heroically for the right.
The bad thing is that they build the presumption of a coming war for civilization into the taken-for-granted background of our lives.
Howe and Strauss' generation theory predicts a "Crisis of 2020" or thereabouts, when the generations align to produce a major crisis. The initiative for the war would come from the aging Baby Boomers. But the people who would do the brunt of the fighting would be Millennials. And the Millennials seem to be mentally preparing themselves for war.