My latest novel is YA dystopian, I think. Wikipedia defines dystopia as the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.
Question: Are all dystopia's science fiction? At first glance, I would say no, since you certainly don't need to have sci-fi elements to create a repressive society. BUT, an instructor at a class I attended at a recent writers conference says he thinks all dystopia's ARE science fiction, since they are an experiment on SOCIAL science (not necessarily natural science). Hmm. What do you think?
My WIP is definitely dystopian, but it also has elements of sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, and romance. I hate labeling. I just write the story I want to tell with no thought to how it will be shelved, and my books are usually a blend of many genres. Don't you wish there was a section in B&N labeled "really awesome books"? Sigh.
Hunger Games is in the limelight at the moment as a classic dystopian story. What other dystopian stories do you like? Do you think the YA market is drowning in dystopias right now?