Amazon has announced its most popular fiction and non-fiction books of 2017. The fiction list was topped by Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. This could be because of renewed interest in a Hulu adaptation of the book, and also the rising interest in contemporary threats over a woman’s right to her own body.
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This debate of reproductive rights has rocked American politics, which seems to be stuck on medieval times on the issue. The right to a safe abortion remains elusive for too many.U.S. policies fail to recognize that safe abortion is an integral component of reproductive health care and that it is a human right.
The rest of the list carries the usual coterie of Harry Potter series and GOT.
A new trend implying an increase in dystopian work is that George Orwell’s Animal Farm sold seven times more copies than any previous year. The book, a political satire, that draws parallels between Russian Revolution of 1917, and the Stalinist Era, and the animals who try to play politics on a farm.
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The increasing choice for satire in the literary and cinematic world is a reflection of the people’s cynicism with the parties in power. In India too, the rise of fundamentalist tendencies, seen in the cow protection forces, religious rants, while urgent issues remain side-lined, is causing much discontent among the people.
Stories of rebel like the Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy, Prayaag Akbar’s Leila are speaking of a trend. Since the beginning of the history, stories have been used to express what is wrong, and show what could be right.