Dystopian Literature Gets the Trump Bump
Is it stranger than fiction? Sales of novels like 1984, with visions of authoritarian regimes, have spiked since the inauguration. George Orwell’s 1949 classic, containing themes eerily similar to “alternative facts,” is currently Amazon’s bestselling book, while Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here has sold out for some retailers. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World of drug-numbed masses and Ray Bradbury’s anti-censorship Fahrenheit 451 have similarly surged. Totalitarian fiction probably won’t move the president, who doesn’t read much, but it’s inspiring a new generation of readers — and countless social media posts.