For this week, I'll be sharing the top five (couldn't come up with ten, hah) fictional worlds that I would never want to live in - in short, anything dystopian-like in the oppressive sense.
Home of the Dark Elves, Forgotten Realms
|Menzoberranzan, by dangercook. Photo Source|
Ah, Menzoberranzan. The violent, underground society that Drizzt grew up in, in which betrayal is commonplace, and even expected. The justice system is also disturbing, since the rule is, you can go ahead and massacre an entire family - as long as you succeed. Success means that everyone else will look the other way. Failure to kill every single member would subject you to the horrific measures of punishment, during which the other members of society stand by and watch, either with apathy or with glee. I thought the matriarchal society was pretty refreshing, however, I don't like that it's part of the package of the "upside-down society," in which patriarchy is romanticized while matriarchy is bashed on.
On top of everything, there is also child abuse, in which there's an orgy at graduation, and all dark elves are forced to participate, especially when a priestess initiates sex. I can see why Drizzt wanted to jet out of there with his cat.
World of Warcraft, home to many adventurers
|Lovers in Darnassus, by Sandara|
This one is a love-hate relationship, and my happiness in Azeroth would really depend on my station in life, how powerful I am, and whether I'd be able to resurrect myself like in-game. Would I enjoy romping around Northrend as a level 5 mage? Maybe, if I were being guarded by forty max-level characters, and twenty healers. Would I enjoy stealthing around the world as a well-trained rogue? Probably. Once you reach max level, you are pretty much a demi-god.
The problem with Azeroth is that there are way too many dangerous things romping around, that can squish me instantly. I'm trying to see this in the lore sense - if we are going by lore, then any Horde warlock passing by can set me aflame just because they had a bad day. If I lived in Azeroth, then I would have died more than 400 times - the life of an adventurer (including that of the Forsaken and Death Knight) is short.
3. John Malkovich's mind
I'd rather not spend the rest of my life trapped in someone else's head. Just let the poor man be.
Home of Winston Smith and Great Britain in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
|Oceania (in blue). Photo Source|
Censorship, mass surveillance, and torture. Winston Smith gets screwed over by a diary that he keeps. I like to keep diaries of my thoughts. The lifestyle encouraged in this society seems to favor extroversion since sports and ball playing are encouraged, while too much solitude is regarded suspiciously. OH. And chocolate is rationed. Who'd want to live here?