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04:15:15 PM Nov 21st 2011
So, what's the difference between Dystopia and Crapsack World? The two seem to be very similar!
09:44:41 PM Dec 6th 2011
edited by Gemmifer
As I see it, both a horrible places to live for at least a part of the population.

Dystopia is a civilisation with one or a multitude of fatal flaws build into the system of society. From Powered by a Forsaken Child over Happiness Is Mandatory to official Klingon Promotion its a place with a twisted, twisted idea of how human beings should organize their living together (or a writer who likes the thought experiment).

Crapsack world is unpleasant for a variety of reasons from war to bad weather to zombie plague. It can and often does also include one or several varieties of Dystopia. Basically its reality itself that seems to reject human beings/and or happiness (or a writer who loves to torture their characters).

10:05:52 AM May 17th 2012
Crapsack World is just unpleasant. Dystopia is unpleasant because of an exaggerated sociological reason (usually through political ideologies or just whatever is in the news).
02:02:50 PM Oct 11th 2014
Take for example Game of Thrones. It is a crapsack world, for the sake of entertainment. Therefore, it is Crapsack World. The Handmaid's Tale, while taking place in a setting that is similarly crappy as Westeros, is a Dystopia, because it is intended to be social commentary.
09:34:43 AM Apr 21st 2011
It can be argued that we are already living in a Dystopia, so why no Real Life examples.
03:38:13 PM Jan 13th 2013
I very much doubt most people would argue that, and it's probably end up being a flamewar if anyone did. There are perhaps however many countries and regimes that would pretty much be classed as dystopias, especially a certain notable South-East Asian example.

Nevertheless "Dystopia" by itself isn't listed in the official "No Real Life Examples, Please!" list so maybe somebody could add some, but there are strong hints dystopias are supposed to be by definition fictional, as well as the potential for natter/flamewar which might result from someone adding a "Real Life" section, I'd advise against drawing the ire of the moderators.
06:25:50 PM Apr 6th 2013
Dystopia is a Crapsack World for the purposes of social commentary. Real Life is not social commentary, so it cannot be a dystopia.
04:36:24 AM Mar 15th 2011
This is probably not an example — the too-nice town the Simpsons move to is not a parody dystopia. If anything it would be a parody utopia.

  • Parodied in "You Only Move Twice" from The Simpsons, where the family moves to a new town, only to find that everything goes wrong.
    • There is really nothing wrong with the town. The town is nice, clean, and there is no oppression or anything, it's just a cleaner version of any small mountain town in America. The Simpsons just don't adapt to change very well. And the work environment is fine (you even get hammocks!)...Although working for a supervillian might cause some pesky moral issues when he starts trying to blow up France (nobody ever goes for Italy).
04:12:28 PM Aug 2nd 2010
I don't know how to edit, and really ain't in the mood, but in the "Comic Book" examples page, there isn't V for Vendetta.

Sory for the bad english, not my native language
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