Now that young-adult fiction is where most of great dystopian stories are being told, there are two awesome discussions going on. Kaitlin Ward asks what's the difference between dystopian and apocalyptic fiction. And Angie Smibert wonders where the utopias are.
Hooray for more promotion of The Knife of Never Letting Go! They sort of answer their own question, utopias are pretty boring and only work if you set them up as a comparison.
In the first article Ward says that The Hunger Games represents a dystopia born of an apocalypse. Is this something Collins has mentioned in interviews, or was there a nod to a former disaster mentioned in the books that I missed? I was under the impression the districts resulted from some previous civil / world war, which seems pretty dystopian.