Dystopian Novels Top Sellers After Donald Trump Presidency With George Orwell, Aldous Huxley And Ray Bradbury Topping Charts

Kristine Moore

After Donald Trump assumed the role of president of the United States, sales of dystopian novels shot through the roof, and now George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury are topping bestseller lists again. In 1988, the dystopian writer J.G. Ballard said, "Reality is now a kind of huge advertising campaign, selling television's image of what life is about." Today's world feels to many like the kind of reality that Ballard might have conjured up.

On Friday, George Orwell's classic novel 1984 saw its sales increase by 9,500 percent, as ranked by Signet Classics. The American publishers were faced with ordering an extra 100,000 copies of 1984, along with Animal Farm, according to the BBC. Orwell's 1984 has sold 30 million copies since its release in 1948 and has never been out of print since it was originally written. The last serious spike in sales of this novel happened in 2013, during the time that saw Edward Snowden in the news.

The largest spike in sales of 1984 occurred immediately after Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's senior advisor, began using the term "alternative facts" to refer to Trump's assertion that the media had been playing down attendance at his inauguration.

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
"The cultural mood in America is dystopian, particularly among people who read a lot of classic fiction. The president's promise that he was the only person who could protect them does potentially echo for people the Party's pattern of whipping up fear among the populace and then presenting them with a narrative trumpeting victory over the source of said fears."

— Kurt Weller (@Guestron) December 18, 2016

"Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy."
"A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude."

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, written in 1953, is another dystopian novel which is currently slotted in at number 15 in the Amazon chart. This book revolves around Guy Montag, who inhabits a lifetime in the 24th century. It is his job to burn not just illegal books, but also the homes of those who own these books. In Fahrenheit 451, the end of books is predicted, to be replaced by glaring television screens.

"With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be."

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