Ready for Dystopia

on August 27, 2012 in Misc

I am so ready for the post-apocalyptic hostile dystopian world that’s coming.

Why, you may ask?  Well, I know some martial arts and badass self-defense techniques.  But more important, I know how to use a bow and arrow and a sword (okay, epee fencing, which is close enough).  And apparently sword-fighting and archery are prime skills that I’ll need to survive when our power grids fail or I have to hunt to eat or aliens invade earth.

At least that’s the message some writers are putting out there.

See, this last week I did more archery target shooting at the range/ warehouse where I can rent the equipment (I can’t afford just yet the expensive bow I’d like, let alone the arrows and related stuff).  That’s where a couple (superb) archers started chatting with me, and they mentioned how the number of kids now enrolled for archery lessons in that place has increased maybe tenfold in the last six months.  I’ve also noticed more kids and some adults are signing up for classes at the fencing center.

So why are people suddenly going crazy for old-fashioned weapons?

Well, first there were the Hunger Games books and then the movie.  Then we saw the sweet, non-dystopian Brave.  There’s the bow-wielding Hawkeye in The Avengers.  And if you’ve seen the TV ads, at least two new upcoming shows, Revolution and Arrow, will also show us why bows and swords will soon be the weapons of choice.

Who knew that writers of novels and comic books and screenplays and TV scripts could have so much power? I mean, they’re really inspiring a couple hot new trends.

I also think swords and bows are getting popular again because they’re REAL. Remember the Star Wars and other sci-fi crazes?  For a little while, pretend laser fighting was hot among kids.  Or geeks like the kind you see on Big Bang Theory.  But it had to be pretend because the “laser” swords were foam or plastic.

Bows and swords, in contrast, are real.

So like I said, I’m ready for a post-apocalyptic world.  Or an alien invasion.  Or whatever other threat writers are gonna throw at me.

Are you ready too?

10 Responses to “Ready for Dystopia”

  1. Hopefully those kids continue long after the excitement of that movie has worn off.
    I have several swords and a Klingon bat’leth, although I’ve never been moved to learn to use them. Not sure there’s classes for the bat’leth. Then again, I could be wrong!

  2. Helena says:

    Alex – I wouldn’t be surprised if there are classes somewhere, though maybe in someone’s back yard.

  3. The bow and arrow has always been “cool.” In fantasy movies, nerds for generations have been championing the likes of Rakhir from Elric of Melnibone, Legolas of the Lord of the Rings, and let us not forget that Odysseus had a bow that could only be drawn by him and him alone. The surge of fantasy driven by teenage boys eventually sucked girls into that world as they realized, hey, World of Warcraft with its Hunter class (yep it uses a bow and does the best dps), and other popular games made people aware that the weapon just LOOKS REALLY F’ING COOL. The more ornate, the better. The more pulleys, the cooler it is.

    Hunger Games and other dystopias (yes they are part of the fantasy genre) just used these weapons and presented them to an audience of people that had never heard of them before. That’s what young adult is…YA is a genre of people who have read maybe three books in their entire life. In other words…they are too young to think, oh this stuff came from other things. So it’s tempting to say “Hunger Games” repackaged the bow and arrow.

    No no no no no. It didn’t. It just borrowed what boys already knew was cool, and put it in yet another fantasy setting.

  4. Helena says:

    Michael – I knew that bows and swords were in fantasy books, but not to the extent that you describe. And yes, I think it’s great that young girls are finally catching on to what teenage boys have long liked about these weapons and stories.

    Ornate weapons really do look cool. Crossbows look fantastic, and the pulleys and bells and whistles on compound bows and even the details on some new traditional bows are really eye-catching. Maybe I should do a follow-up with just a buncha pictures of these weapons.

  5. I’ve tried archery with a regular bow. I suck. Never tried fencing though. Perhaps I should check that out.

  6. Helena says:

    Carol – Maybe you’d be very good at fencing because it’s so different from archery. Archery is serene and Zen-like. In fencing, someone is coming at you with a sharp object.

  7. Ciara Knight says:

    I love dystopian. I can’t wait to read Compass Master. I will catch up on work so I can read it!!

  8. Helena says:

    Ciara – And you know dystopian well, with Weighted now out. Congrats again!

  9. Old Kitty says:

    Lovely Helena!! Me and Charlie would like to move in with you when the Apocalypse happens!!! We think standing behind you (literally) will be the safest place ever!!! You are totally AWESOME!!

    Take care

  10. Helena says:

    Old Kitty – It’d be so much fun to survive the Apocalypse together! And I bet my kitty Kelly Kel would like hanging around Charlie.