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The information is correct in the story, however it was used purely for educational purposes. It was never sent to Boston Magazine because it was just a school project. My teacher really liked it and thought if I had sent it, the director would have accepted my story proposal.
The information is correct in the story, however it was used purely for educational purposes. It was never sent to Boston Magazine because it was just a school project. My teacher really liked it and thought if I had sent it, the director would have accepted my story proposal.

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Matthew Reed Baker Research and Arts Editor Boston Magazine 300 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA 02115 December 18, 2013 Dear Mr. Baker,
Proposed Article: It Doesn’t End with
The Hunger Games:
The Phenomenon of Dystopian Literature Sweat pours down her back. Trying to control her breathing, the girl, pushes her way through the thick brush of the forest. The drum of her heart drowns out the mysterious noises she is trying to escape. As her leg grazes a branch, the tangy scents of iron drift under her nose, reminding her of her mortality. A twig snaps to her left and without thinking, she draws her .38 revolver and shoots. The young boy without a name, a boy she would have liked to know under different circumstances, drops to the ground with lifeless eyes.
Reality sets in as Johanna Reese realizes she’s just in the bedroom of her studio
apartment and not the terrors of dystopian literature. Ever since her sister told her three years ago to read
The Hunger Games,
 she has been addicted to the world of chaos and murder. Reese is not the only one. According to
Entertainment Weekly 
, Veronica Roth’s,
 Allegiant
(third book in the dystopian
Divergent 
 trilogy) sold 455,000 copies globally on the first day it was released on October 22, 2013. Similarly, the trilogy that may have started it all,
The Hunger Games,
 has sold over 50 million copies since 2008, according to thecelebritycafe.com. What makes these bloodcurdling plotlines, especially ones with such young characters, so addictive? With the movie
Divergent 
 hitting theaters in March 2014 and an increase of sales for dystopian literature every day, I am interested in writing a 600 word trend piece for your Arts and Entertainment section of Boston Magazine. For a lifestyle that is unimagina
ble, readers thrive on the protagonist’s
ability to survive and overcome horrific challenges. However, such violent themes can possibly create readers to reciprocate
the characters’ violent tendencies. Also, a
s most dystopian books focus on characters overthrowing their government, it may create readers to analyze their government more critically as well. For further research on the topic I will interview author, Ally Condie of the dystopian
Matched 
 series to find why she was inspired in such a topic and how this genre may affect society. I will also interview Kendra Cherry, expert on psychology and author of
The Everything Psychology Book: An Introductory Guide to the Science of Human Behavior 
. She will demonstrate the positive/negative effects of reading this type of literature and why this might be a popular topic in the first place. Lastly, anecdotal voices would be useful in portraying this phenomenon. These voices would be from Johanna Reese, and other fans like her who race to the bookshelves at Barnes and Noble every time a new dystopian series is released. Since 2009, I have read 396 books, 14 of which are dystopian
that I’ve read in the past couple years.
286 of those books
were supernatural. Although dystopia is the “new” vampire, the correlation to
inhumanity is relatively the same.
I’
m one of those readers that are pulled to the apocalyptic novel. The second I saw the movie trailer for
Divergent 
, I took out my Nook and ordered the book. Five days later, I

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