(from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia
) is a fictional society that is the antithesis of utopia. It is usually characterized by an oppressive social control, such as an authoritarian or totalitarian government.
Some academic circles distinguish between anti-utopia and dystopia. As in George Orwell's 1984
and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
, a dystopia does not pretend to be good, while an anti-utopia appears to be utopian or was intended to be so, but a fatal flaw or other factor has destroyed or twisted the intended utopian world or conceptCommon traits of a dystopian society:
The only trait common to all dystopias is that they are negative and undesirable societies, but many commonalities are found across dystopian societies.
In general, dystopias are seen as visions of "dangerous and alienating future societies," often criticizing current trends in the culture.
It is a culture where the condition of life is "extremely bad," as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.Taken from Wikipedia.org