Created By: Damr1990 on June 8, 2011 Last Edited By: phoenixy on January 6, 2014

Dystopian Rave

Characters in a Dystopian Setting always have a place to dance

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Alt. Titles/ Redirects: Apocalyptic Rave

No matter how bad the world has gotten, how corrupt and degraded the future is shown to be, there will always be somewhere to dance. The only real difference is on which end of the Social Pyramid the characters are.

  • The snobs/riches/Spoiled Brats will probably have a distinctly sterile setting, with the walls painted white and any metal the usual gleaming chrome, offset by both the illuminations and the drinks being all the colors of the rainbow. Expect dancers on stages or in cages, if they aren't behind a screen that shows only their silhouette. There may be shots of people in the middle of illicit activities or on illegal substances in the corners. Basically, a way to show the decadence of the rich by way of contrast with the dirtier, darker world outside.

  • Meanwhile the slobs/poor/exiled/rebels rave will be dirtier, usually either an open air setting like a field or else an industrial location, usually abandoned warehouses or factories. Dingy walls, rusted metal, and dim illumination are common hallmarks. Any dancers will be on tables or possibly poles. Drugs are, for some reason, often less openly available at this kind of setting. In really dystopian settings, open fires are a possibility. Usually, the atmosphere is either desperation, an attempt to forget the world outside, or solidarity, a place for anyone to come and be part of the crowd.

Mixed versions exist, as do people going to the "wrong" rave for some reason.

Examples

Snobs Rave

Slobs Rave

Mixed Examples
  • Triple X
  • Serial Experiments Lain, It's a bit of both, though leaning more towards Snobs as the richer kids have one
  • the first Blade film opens with a vampire blood rave.
  • Deus Ex lets you go into multiple clubs filled with dancers.

Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • June 9, 2011
    MrNekomata
    It's a bit of both, though leaning more towards Snobs as the richer kids have one in Serial Experiaments Lain.
  • June 9, 2011
    jaytee
    Please please please clean up the description. It's loaded with grammar and spelling issues and it makes it tough to read.
  • June 9, 2011
    Damr1990
    hehehe, sorry i Sound more Eloquent In My Native Tongue, however feel free to make any edits you may think necessary
  • June 9, 2011
    Irrisia
    Am I okay to basically re-write this to something more like this:

    Needs More Examples , Needs A Better Description, Up For Grabs, Rolling Updates

    No matter how bad the world has gotten, how corrupt and degraded the future is shown to be, there will always be somewhere to dance. The only real difference depends on which end of the Social Pyramid the characters are.

    • The Snobs/Rich/Corrupt CEOs, etc, will probably have a distinctly sterile setting, with the walls painted white and any metal the usual gleaming chrome, offset by both the illuminations and the drinks being all the colors of the rainbow. Expect dancers on stages or in cages, if they aren't behind a screen that shows only their silhouette. There may be shots of people in the middle of illicit activities or on illegal substances in the corners. Basically, a way to show the decadence of the rich by way of contrast with the dirtier, darker world outside.

    • Meanwhile the Slobs/poor/Exiled/rebel's Rave will be dirtier, usually either an open air setting like a field or else an industrial location, usually abandoned warehouses or factories. Dingy walls, rusted metal, and dim illumination are common hallmarks. Any dancers will be on tables or possibly poles. Drugs are, for some reason, often less openly available at this kind of setting. In really dystopian settings, open fires are a possibility. Usually, the atmosphere is either desperation, an attempt to forget the world outside, or solidarity, a place for anyone to come and be part of the crowd.

    Mixed versions exist, as do people going to the "wrong" rave for some reason.
  • June 9, 2011
    robybang
    Slob Example: The Retinal Fetish club in Strange Days.
  • June 9, 2011
    SKJAM
    Swiss Cheese Memory Man here...

    A British girls' comic story about a dystopian future where music is banned (because it supposedly distracts people from concentrating on work) has the young heroine stumbling across one of these. Sadly, the music for the dance is the last extant punk rock album, and not even by a good band.
  • June 9, 2011
    noitsnot
    Britney Spears "'Til the World Ends" song and video is obviously this.
  • June 10, 2011
    peccantis
    Oh, interesting. 'tis true. Utopias or functional-if-flawed settings never seem to have raves going on. Do they even have discos?
  • June 10, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^Of course not. It's utopia.
  • June 13, 2011
    jaytee
    Went ahead and cleaned up punctuation/redlinks etc. Could probably still use some work.
  • October 12, 2011
    Damr1990
    bump?
  • October 12, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Snobs' Rave: The club in Earth Final Conflict- colorful, futuristic, bright
  • October 13, 2011
    pinkdalek
    Slobs Rave - the club in the book Satan Burger, which is where all the punks hang out and play esoteric noise music. It's when the club gets destroyed that we realise it really is the Apocalypse.
  • October 13, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    Snob Rave: Constantine has a club full of nothing but angels and devils partying amid copious drugs, alcohol, and clean shiny wood/brass furniture.
  • October 13, 2011
    surgoshan
    I don't know if it's snobs or snobs, but the first Blade film opens with a vampire blood rave.
  • October 13, 2011
    Damr1990
    ^i think i'd go into slobs, but i'll put it on Mixed just to be safe for now
  • October 14, 2011
    Generality
    I want to suggest the title Apocalyptic Rave, in reference to Bill Bailey.
  • October 14, 2011
    Damr1990
    maybe as a Redirect
  • October 14, 2011
    Damr1990
    Snob Example
  • October 15, 2011
    RocketDude
    Slob Example:

  • October 15, 2011
    Antigone3
    Could the Yoshiwara club in Metropolis be shoehorned in under Snob Example? I think we're supposed to think more is going on there than just dancing, but dancing occurs, most notably in Fake!Maria's first public outing.
  • October 15, 2011
    nman
    • Deus Ex lets you go into multiple clubs filled with dancers.
  • October 15, 2011
    Damr1990
    @Antigonae3 i haven't seen metropolis so i can't be sure for now, also when i searched for Yowshiwara club i found a video of a "normal" club... mhmm ,i'll check that later

    also i'm thinking in adding another cathegory, probaly more in the rich side, but this one would be more "Classy", may or not be a brothel or Strip Club, where the Corrupt CEOs, Mafiosi, Yakuza and other white bussiness related criminals go,probably some fine woods and marble or other expensive materials will be part of the construction, and of course some fancy forniture to sit comfortably,the illumination will be either dim or normal, the neon ilumination may be also be present, but won't be abused so much, maybe just in strategic places to show the "Main Atractions" on scene, while the ambient will be festive and the music high, it probaly won't be as loudly as the Neon version, also the guests will porbably be more interested in spending a good time with the many hostesses or any girl they came with; probably many of them will handle some of their Dirty Business here,in a more relaxed yet formal way that they could on the other two types;the drugs are easily avaiable here, and many of the guests will use them in slow dosis, however they will probably have a "What happens here stays here" attitude, unlike the "Neon" ver, where they will be used indiscriminately(on their specialized corners) Or the "Dust" Version, when even if less avaiable, nobody will raise an eye when used, Balthazar's Office on Constantine and at least one of the clubs of Deus Ex would fit here

    any opinions?
  • October 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    These examples need more explanation.
  • October 31, 2011
    aurora369
    "Shivers" in the Strugatsky Brothers novel The Final Circle Of Paradise are a form of this. Played with: the society depicted in the novel doesn't have sharp class distinction, what makes it dystopian is bored burghers engaging in rampant consumerism. So these cannot be classified as "slob" or "snob", but more similar to the slob version.
  • October 31, 2011
    nitrokitty
    • Not exactly in a dystopian setting, but Club Zero from The Dresden Files is definitely supposed to evoke the image of the snob rave: copious drugs, sex, loud thudding music, and zero soul. To drive the point home, Harry thinks that the club represents the White Court's vision for the world.
  • February 18, 2012
    Damr1990
  • February 18, 2012
    chicagomel
    Brave New World has one, but I don't know what you'd call it. It's intended to mimic a religious service, and starts out with soma use and dancing of a sort, then goes into basically a big orgy.
  • September 21, 2012
    Damr1990
    Probably located on a City Noir
  • September 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Batman Beyond isn't a dystopia.
  • October 2, 2012
    abk0100
    what about the motorcycle gangs and splicers and the whole city being controlled by a corrupt corporate executive?
  • October 2, 2012
    phoenixy
    One of the four main characters in the online game The Curfew, about a dystopian surveillance state in the UK, is a government employee by day and illegal party organizer by night.
  • January 6, 2014
    cassielsander
    There's a slobs rave in the first episode of Samurai Jack. One of the participants is the one to give Jack his name.
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