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Societal issues represented through fiction

How does fiction represent the fears and talking points of society at a certain time? Why do certain topics appear inflationary in popular culture in a short time span? (E.g. dystopian literature in the past few years). How are adaptations/remakes of older stories changed to fit the needs of the current audience? (E.g. Sherlock Holmes – Hound of the Baskervilles (film) from 1939 in comparison to Sherlock – Hounds of Baskerville (BBC episode) from 2012). Just a few approaches to the topic of societal issues in fiction.

  • Could Orwell's 1984 have a part in this topic? After all, people refer to 1984 today as in relation to current political policies, etc – Ryan Errington 6 years ago

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