Friday, August 1, 2014

Blog tour (Author guest post): Why the sci-fi and dystopian fiction genre continues to be such a huge hit by Melissa Delport

Today on The Book Fairy’s Haven, I’d like to welcome South African author Melissa Delport.

Melissa, who’s the author of dystopian fiction novel, The Legacy, has kindly agreed to write guest post on dystopian and science fiction as part of her book tour stop on my blog.

Strangely enough, her post coincides with my most recent author guest post from Georgia Clark who, in her article highlighted 5 reasons why she loves the genre so much.

Melissa’s take, while certainly in the same vein, delves into why she thinks this genre is still so popular, especially given the fact that there’s such an over-abundance of it.

Personally, I adore the genre, so I’m hardly complaining… but, enough rambling from me, and over to Melissa (You can scroll down for more information about both the book and the lovely author).

Why the sci-fi and dystopian fiction genre continues to be so popular (despite the fact that there seems to be almost an over-abundance of it)

Dystopias and Science Fiction may go together like teen girls and vampires, but it is important to remember that although they often intersect, the two genres do exist independently.

Dystopian fiction explores social and political structures and is set in a speculative societal structure that is headed for an irreversible oblivion, where justice, freedom and happiness are suppressed.

The underlying concept is often an analogy for real-world issues and a political warning of things to come, should humanity make the wrong choices.

Science fiction, on the other hand, does not necessarily paint a negative picture of the future.  Instead, it focuses on imaginative scientific content, including advanced technology, space travel, time travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life.

When a book incorporates these sci-fi elements in a dystopian setting, such as Artificial Intelligence in a post-apocalyptic world, the line between the two genres becomes blurred.

Speaking as a voracious reader, I don’t think there is such a thing as an “over-abundance” of any genre of book.

A broader selection of quality novels is in the reader’s favour. Authors will also try to capitalize on the rising popularity of a specific genre.

The 2000’s and early 2010’s saw the cultivation of the young adult sci-fi market, and more recently, the popularity of dystopian series such as The Hunger Games, the Divergent series and The Mortal Instruments.

Science fiction and dystopias are no more abundant than romance or suspense novels, but dystopias in particular have come under fire because the market exploded remarkably quickly.

Unfortunately the advent of effortless self-publishing, and the many writers trying to maximize the cult-like phenomenon of the dystopian hype, do not make for a good combination.

What we must remember is that in any genre, there are good books and there are bad books. Ultimately, though, the good books will prevail.

Personally, I feel that traditional genres, set in a ‘real-world’ setting fall far more easily into the trap of becoming clichéd and repetitive, because they are bound by the laws of what we know to be true and possible.

SFF, on the other hand, knows no limits other than the vivid reach of the writer’s own imagination.

Many readers would seem to agree, because despite the increase in both self-published and traditional published science fiction and dystopian fiction books, there is still a market for it, and these genres show no sign of abating just yet.

The beauty of these books lies in the rich character-development and the clear good-versus-evil plot.

Dystopia’s are characterised by a “high stakes” scenario, with plenty of action and adventure, but they typically have a “hopeful” ending – and above all, people crave the presence of hope in a world where there is little to be had.

The Australian.com reports that Dystopian Fiction asks big questions: What is Freedom? What is love? What is human?

Dystopias offer a variety of answers, while providing the reader with an epic journey of pure escapist fantasy, far removed from the harsh reality of our real lives. The genre is thought-provoking and has more substance at its core than many readers realise.

Personally, I have always loved stories that relate to struggle, be it survival after a nuclear war, a catastrophic natural disaster, or the collapse of industrial and social systems.

There is something captivating about mankind’s will to survive, the fascination of our “fight” or “flight” response. And when there is nowhere to run, you will find Dystopia at its very best.

As an author writing in this genre it is imperative that you stand out, and to do so you must be original, have a novel concept, and you have to write your heart out.

And as long as science fiction and dystopias have an audience, writers such as myself will continue to provide. I think that these genres are deserving of their place of the shelves, and will be around for a long time to come. 

 About The Legacy

“World War Three lasted twelve days. Twelve days was all it took for mankind to devastate the planet and almost eradicate the human race.

No victor emerged from the ashes and billions lost their lives.

We survivors lived through the bleakest of winters. A primal existence became the new order, and the little that remained of our humanity hung in the balance.

Then one man stood up and changed the world. I believed, as did everyone else, that he was the hero of our time, the man who had saved us from our own demise.

His name is Eric Dane and he is the President of the New United States of America.
 
He is also my husband, and my greatest enemy.

I grew up oblivious to the truth, until my father found me when I was nineteen years old. He told me about the many horrifying facts that our new leader kept hidden from us. And he told me that beyond the borders the Resistance grew and fought for freedom from the oppression that Eric Dane had imposed on us.

My name is Rebecca Davis. I am twenty-six years old, and in me the Resistance has found the ultimate weapon.”


A narrative of good and evil, love and passion, right and wrong – and at the centre of the story a strong woman who is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause she believes in.

The Legacy is an action-packed, adrenalin-inducing thrill ride which will leave you riveted long after you have turned the last page.

Add it to your TBR pile here:

Purchase a copy of the book:
Kobo - HERE
Kalahari.com – HERE 

About Melissa

Wife and mother of 3, Melissa Delport is the author of The Legacy Trilogy and the stand-alone self-published e.books Rainfall and The Traveler. 

She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 2000.

At the age of twenty-four Melissa started a logistics company (Transmax) from the spare room of her flat and built it up to two fully operational depots in Durban and Johannesburg.

Now, 10 years later, she has sold her business in order to write full time.

Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The Legacy (book 1 of The Legacy Trilogy) and The Legion (book 2) are available now and the final book, The Legend, will be released early 2015.

An avid reader herself, Melissa finally decided to stop ‘watching from the sidelines’ and to do what is her passion.

Where you can find Melissa online:

Blog: www.melissadelport.com
The Legacy Trilogy Website: www.thelegacytrilogy.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheMelissaDelportBookClub
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/MelissaDelport
Twitter: www.twitter.com/MelissaDelport
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/MelissaDelport
Publisher’s website: www.traceymcdonaldpublishers.com

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